In Praise of Appraisals

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Most of the time I write on my firm’s blog about actions against the police, news and politics, and legal issues. This is not one of those times. Today I want to talk about: the team we have here at Donoghue Solicitors, how staff appraisals bring out the best… Read more »

Why Facial Recognition Technology is Another Home Office Failure

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I asked why the Home Office was ignoring spit hoods, allowing individual police forces to roll them out on a piecemeal basis. (TL;DR it’s inexcusable, and people are being injured, or worse, as a result.) Another issue the government seems unwilling, or unable, to deal with is Facial Recognition… Read more »

Why is the Government’s CAST Department Ignoring Spit Hoods?

CAUTION: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor I was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds about West Yorkshire Police’s roll out of spit hoods to front-line officers. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer (fast forward through to 2 hours 6 minutes 50 seconds) or hear it below: Before… Read more »

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 »

Are police sexual exploitation cases being brushed under the carpet?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor In January Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) reported on police sexual exploitation, also known as “police abuse of authority for sexual gain”. The police’s overseer found that, in the 2 years to March 2016: Police abuse of authority for sexual gain is a nationwide problem. All but one police force had at… Read more »

3 Urgent Changes Needed After Police Counter-Terrorism Raid

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A while ago I asked if Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, would uphold Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing. The Peel Principles underpin the police’s Code of Ethics, which include the requirement to “be diligent in the exercise of my duties and responsibilities” (Standard 6). After the recent… Read more »

Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 3)

What are the consequences of police militarisation?   By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor This is Part 3 in a 3-part blog. Read Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking on the links. Ask a police officer what they have in common with solicitors and they may answer, “not a lot”. But they do. Both have a… Read more »

Why Did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 2)

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Why did the police become militarised? Last week I described how the police have become militarised in the UK. Contrary to (then Home Secretary) Theresa May’s claim, they now “hide behind military style equipment”. But how, and why, did this happen? To answer that question, we need to look at a… Read more »