Five Ways to Cut Police Complaints

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (“IPCC”) published its Police Complaints Statistics for England and Wales Report for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. (The IPCC is responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints against the police.) The report is grim reading. It shows that police complaints are at… Read more »

The Compensation Culture Trick

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, James Whale of BBC Radio Essex interviewed me about the “compensation culture” and a Freedom of Information Act request showing compensation paid by Essex Police between 2011-2014. The BBC contacted me as I am a solicitor who specialises in actions against the police who has successfully sued Essex… Read more »

A Police Claims Solicitor’s Christmas Wish

By Kevin Donoghue, Police Claims Solicitor and Director of Donoghue Solicitors Can you believe it’s nearly the end of 2014? As a police claims solicitor, this year I used the firm’s blog to highlight issues I came across in daily law practice. As my blog posts show, there are lots of areas of concern. My… Read more »

Without changes to QOCS, could Ferguson happen here?

It’s said that when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. If the government doesn’t take urgent action to change its policy on Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (“QOCS”), we might need to get an industrial-sized box of Kleenex® ready. Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, explains why. In August this year Darren Wilson, a white… Read more »

Can Jogger Sue for Breach of the Peace Arrest?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor. Yesterday the BBC reported that Dean Farley, 28, accidentally ran into Prime Minister David Cameron while jogging in Leeds. Tom Heyden of the BBC later interviewed me about the story as I specialise in civil actions against the police, including helping people to sue after unlawful arrests for breach of the… Read more »

Will Paul Gambaccini sue the police?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Friday 10 October the Metropolitan Police told Paul Gambaccini they will not be proceeding in their investigations over historical sex allegations. The police arrested Mr. Gambaccini on Tuesday 29th October 2013 and released him under police bail. They did not charge him with any offences. The broadcaster described his “12 months of horror… Read more »

What Does a Police Solicitor Know About Ethics?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that another police solicitor is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) about ethical breaches. (In this article a “police solicitor” is one who represents police forces and/ or the Police Federation (the staff association for all police constables, sergeants, and inspectors) when dealing… Read more »

How Police Taser Use is Failing Us All

Is the current police taser policy working? A few recent reports about the police’s use of tasers in the UK suggest not. By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor In 2013, police tasers were deployed 10,380 times across England and Wales. The weapons, which discharge an electrical charge said to be 50,000 volts, cause temporary paralysis. As a… Read more »

Police Assault? You Decide

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in actions against the police I came across this facebook video of a man being arrested at Freshbrook shops in Swindon. It appears to show police assault a man during the course of an arrest. According to the comments beneath the video, the arrested man was “accused of something he… Read more »

Why the Police Should Change Their Body Camera Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Yesterday the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they will trial the use of body camera technology with 500 front line officers based in 10 London boroughs, starting with Camden. This follows successful trials of the equipment, which records what the officer sees and hears, in Devon & Cornwall and Bedfordshire. If successful,… Read more »