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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Three New Year’s resolutions for a claim against the police

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors As a solicitor who specialises in helping people claim against the police, I spend a lot of my time dealing with the various police forces in England and Wales. I am sorry to say that I could use some of my time more productively if those same forces… Read more »

How criminal solicitors helped future victims of wrongful arrest

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor At a packed Law Society Special General Meeting on Tuesday 17 December, the Law Society leadership lost a vote of no confidence. For victims of wrongful arrest by the police (also known as ‘false imprisonment’), the vote might turn out to have important consequences. Criminal solicitor, James Parry of Liverpool firm… Read more »

Should Serco and G4S continue electronic tagging?

  By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director at Donoghue Solicitors I read on the BBC website today that Chris Hyman, the Chief Executive of Serco, has resigned. This follows yesterday’s resignation of G4S’s Chief Executive, Richard Morris. Both companies provide security and other services, such as electronic tagging, to the UK government. The use of electronic… Read more »

Solicitor Kevin Donoghue’s plea to limit secret trials

Kevin Donoghue, Principal Solicitor at Bootle- based Donoghue Solicitors, is supporting Liberty, the human rights and civil liberties campaign group, in its fight to stop the government from extending secret trials. Government secret courts It may surprise many to know that we already have secret trials in this country. They are presently restricted to limited… Read more »

After Hillsborough, can we now trust the police?

By Kevin Donoghue, Principal Solicitor, Donoghue Solicitors As a Liverpool Solicitor, lifelong Liverpool FC fan and a Kop season ticket holder, I was pleased to see that finally, after 23 years of fighting, the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster received the truth. They now know, thanks to the report of the… Read more »