Why I Hope My Client Wins a Community Hero Award

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Kieran Jones is a long-standing client of mine. (He has given his permission for me to use his details and share what I know about him in this blog post.) On Thursday, 3 June, Wigan Council is presenting the Our Town Awards. Kieran is nominated for the “Community Hero” award. I… Read more »

How the Whiplash Reforms Could Affect You

By Thomas O’Sullivan, Trainee Chartered Legal Executive Monday 31 May 2021 could be an important date in your life. I hope this never happens, but if you are unfortunate enough to be injured in a road traffic accident on or after that date, when it happened could make a difference of thousands of pounds in… Read more »

Q&A with Founder Kevin Donoghue on Donoghue Solicitors’ 10-Year Anniversary

Donoghue Solicitors celebrates its 10-year anniversary on 1 December 2020. In this Q&A, founder Kevin Donoghue reflects on the occasion. Why did you set up Donoghue Solicitors? I’ve always had a strong sense of social justice and been dedicated to helping my community. From an early age, when I volunteered at “The Brunny”, I realised… Read more »

How a Coronavirus Risk Assessment Helps Us Return to Work

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor director of Donoghue Solicitors As you will know if you read my previous blog posts about coronavirus, we have been working remotely since the “stay at home” order came into effect in March. For the most part, this change in our way of working has been successful. But the coronavirus alert… Read more »

Police Abuse of Position for a Sexual Purpose – No More Excuses

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Recently I wrote about the serious issue of police abuse of position for a sexual purpose. I expressed concern that the police are not tackling the issue, causing serious harm to victims. As a recent report shows, I am not alone. But, what it also shows is that police staff at… Read more »

Was Simon Brodkin Wrongfully Arrested for a Breach of the Peace?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s fair to say that Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative party conference last week was farcical. Not only did she suffer persistent coughing, but letters on the sign behind her fell off the wall, giving quick-witted viewers the chance to mock her with social media memes.   I had to draw… Read more »

A Solicitor’s Calling

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s said that practising law is a “calling”. But what does that mean, and how do solicitors fulfil it? Collins Dictionary defines a calling as:  a profession or career which someone is strongly attracted to, especially one which involves helping other people. This is a useful definition because it shows the relationship between… Read more »

Does Apple Care More About Your Privacy Than the Government?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor   Timing is everything.   On Tuesday Apple showcased its latest smartphone, the iPhone X.   The next day Professor Paul Wiles, the Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material (‘the biometrics commissioner’), published his annual report.   On the face of it, these events are unrelated. But are… Read more »

In Praise of Appraisals

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Most of the time I write on my firm’s blog about actions against the police, news and politics, and legal issues. This is not one of those times. Today I want to talk about: the team we have here at Donoghue Solicitors, how staff appraisals bring out the best… Read more »

Why Facial Recognition Technology is Another Home Office Failure

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I asked why the Home Office was ignoring spit hoods, allowing individual police forces to roll them out on a piecemeal basis. (TL;DR it’s inexcusable, and people are being injured, or worse, as a result.) Another issue the government seems unwilling, or unable, to deal with is Facial Recognition… Read more »