Will Cressida Dick Uphold Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week Cressida Dick, CBE QPM was appointed as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the overall leader of the Metropolitan Police Service. Dick, 56, is the first woman to hold the role, having previously served “the Met” as head of counter-terrorism, among other roles, before moving to her current job in… Read more »

Should Police Spit Hood Equipment be Used on Children?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On BBC Two tomorrow (6 December) Victoria Derbyshire will discuss an alarming increase in the use of police spit hood equipment on children as young as 8 years old. Spit hoods, or, as the police would prefer, “spit guards”, are mesh fabric hoods police officers use to protect themselves from infection… Read more »

Five Tips to Find the Best Solicitors to Sue the Police

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It can be hard to find the best solicitors to sue the police for you. Let me help with unbiased insider advice only a lawyer who specialises in actions against the police can give. Unbiased? Really? As you can tell from our website, we want everyone who might bring an actions… Read more »

Will Police Take Complaints Seriously With Theresa May in No.10?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today, after an unprecedented few weeks in politics, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. Her public criticism of the police, especially in a scathing speech to the Police Federation in 2014 in which she said some officers displayed “contempt for the public”, raised hopes that this would lead to a… Read more »

Do Taser Assault Victims Suffer Miscarriages of Justice?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A recent study in America suggests that Taser “stun-guns” cause short-term dementia-like effects in victims. This raises questions about their use and, in particular, whether miscarriages of justice occur when the police question suspects shortly after using the weapons. Independent Taser Study The study, reported by Drexel University, and funded by the… Read more »

Are Merseyside Police Confused About the Burden of Proof?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Last week my client, Liverpool solicitor James Parry, was awarded £9,000 compensation in his false imprisonment claim against Merseyside Police. You can read about the case at The Liverpool Echo and The Law Society Gazette websites. These press reports included a statement from Merseyside Police. As a solicitor who… Read more »

Can I Claim Compensation for a Mistaken Identity Arrest?

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, GCILEx In the past couple of weeks, I have taken on three new clients who want to pursue actions against the police after a mistaken identity arrest. All three men have suffered mentally and physically due to the incompetence of the police. This is why I believe they should be compensated…. Read more »

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Pay a Staff Bonus

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors I’m proud that, at Donoghue Solicitors, we do things a little differently. It may be uncomfortable to hear, but like every other law firm, we are in business, not charity. Even though we spend a lot of time and money giving back to our community, being professional… Read more »

Can the Police Be Trusted with Body Cameras?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor A little under a year ago I wrote about the roll-out of police body cameras. (Read the blog here.) In that post I noted that these tools can have a positive effect on policing, reducing both the number of complaints and the use of force. But I cautioned that they should… Read more »

Donoghue Solicitors Short-listed for Two Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I am delighted to announce that my firm, Donoghue Solicitors, has been short-listed for two awards in the prestigious 2015 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. We are up for the Niche Law Firm of the Year and Small Law Firm of the Year Legal Awards, along with only two other firms… Read more »