5 ways restricting access to justice will hurt insurers

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A year ago I wrote to my local MPs. I explained why they should fight government proposals to raise the small claims limit to £5,000, which will potentially restrict access to justice to (up to) 95% of accident victims. Despite our best efforts, it seems that the government ignored these arguments,… Read more »

A Solicitor’s Review of 2016 and Predictions for 2017

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor 2016 has been a tumultuous year for the country as a whole, and civil litigation lawyers in particular. But what does 2017 hold? Here I look at three issues which affected us this year and make predictions for how they will play out in 2017. 1.      The proposed increase in the… Read more »

Why are Solicitors Against Raising the Small Claims Limit?

Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors explains why solicitors are opposed to an increase in the small claims limit. I recently wrote to my local MP, Peter Dowd, and Louise Ellman, MP (the MP for Liverpool Riverside, where Donoghue Solicitors is based) to ask them to consider the Government’s proposed reforms of the accident claims process, and… 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 »

Is the SARAH Bill an abuse of Parliament’s Powers?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On the eve of Guy Fawkes Night it was fitting that the government showed that it was capable of blowing up respect for Parliament’s legislative powers. On 4th November, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (also known as the “SARAH Bill”) received its second reading in the House of Lords…. Read more »

Why won’t a solicitor take my no win no fee claim?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor You’ve decided to claim compensation, researched which solicitors’ firm to use, and got in touch with a lawyer. But the solicitor you contact says they won’t represent you, even using a conditional fee agreement (also known as ‘no win no fee’) agreement. If you’re in this position and find yourself asking “why… 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 »

Why Electronic Tag Compensation Claims May Increase

Things are about to get more complicated for anyone wearing an electronic tag, and a lot more expensive for Capita PLC. Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors, explains why.   New Electronic Tag Contract   This week the Guardian reported how Capita, the public services outsourcing company, has been awarded a six-year contract to… Read more »

Are Breach of Peace Compensation Claims Worthwhile?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors I have just settled Miss B’s compensation claim for unlawful arrest due to an alleged breach of peace. This is the fourth such claim she has pursued against the police. It is interesting because unlawful arrest breach of peace cases are quite unusual and, as Miss B’s case… Read more »

5 free tools to find out if your personal injury solicitor is an expert

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor How do you know if your personal injury solicitor is really an ‘expert’ in accident claims? When you first speak to him or her you may only get their name and title. You might feel awkward about asking them for their professional qualifications, so that without any further information you have… Read more »