Why We All Benefit When People Bring Claims Against the Police

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors I recently wrote about why people bring claims against the police. Compensation is less important for many victims of police misconduct, especially when compared to: restoring their reputations correcting inaccurate police records/ destruction of DNA etc. which could impact on future job prospects/ parental access rights etc…. Read more »

Why I Agree with the Police Federation About Compensation Claims

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week I found myself in the unusual position of agreeing with a representative of the police’s union, the Police Federation. They represent the interests of police constables, sergeants, and inspectors up to, and including, the rank of Chief Inspector. As a solicitor who specialises in civil actions against the police,… Read more »

This is Why People Sue the Police

When people sue the police are they only after money? Here Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, looks at their motivations, how the system forces some to claim compensation, and the impact of the so-called “compensation culture”. Let’s get one thing straight. The “compensation culture” is bogus. It’s a vampire myth that refuses to die even though government… 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 »

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 »

Why Lawyers Object to the Investigatory Powers Bill

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today in Parliament MPs are to debate the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. I believe the Bill, as currently drafted, is not fit for purpose and joined with more than 200 other leading lawyers in writing a letter to The Guardian newspaper outlining my objections. This is why. What… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »