Donoghue Solicitors Shortlisted for Liverpool Law Society Award

  By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Two years ago, Donoghue Solicitors won the Niche Law Firm Award at the 2015 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. The awards are held bi-annually, and we were honoured to hold the Niche Law Firm Award title for two years. I have just learned that we have been shortlisted for Niche Law Firm… Read more »

Why did the Boys in Blue Turn into the Boys in Black? (Part 1)

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor   “our police have never, and will never, routinely carry guns or hide behind military style equipment.” The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, speaking on 23 July 2015 “Home secretary authorises Taser X2 for police in England and Wales despite concerns over deaths and serious injuries” The Guardian, 2 March 2017… Read more »

Will Cressida Dick Uphold Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week Cressida Dick, CBE QPM was appointed as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the overall leader of the Metropolitan Police Service. Dick, 56, is the first woman to hold the role, having previously served “the Met” as head of counter-terrorism, among other roles, before moving to her current job in… Read more »

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 CILEx Qualification Matters

By Daniel Fitzsimmons FCILEx, Chartered Legal Executive On Monday I got the news I’ve waited years to hear. I am now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Because I am in “active practice” I am called a “Chartered Legal Executive”. I can also use the letters “FCILEx” after my name. So… Read more »

Should Police Spit Hood Equipment be Used on Children?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On BBC Two tomorrow (6 December) Victoria Derbyshire will discuss an alarming increase in the use of police spit hood equipment on children as young as 8 years old. Spit hoods, or, as the police would prefer, “spit guards”, are mesh fabric hoods police officers use to protect themselves from infection… Read more »

Spit Guards or Spit Hoods? Don’t Fall for the Spin

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor The Scene: a member of the Police Federation goes into a hardware store and approaches a sales assistant. Police Federation Member: Where can I find the earth moving implements? Sales Assistant: (Blank look) I’m sorry. What was that? Police Federation Member: Earth moving implements. You know, for moving earth in the… Read more »

The Spit Hoods Balancing Act

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I discussed spit hoods on BBC Radio Essex with presenter Sadie Nine and Steve Taylor, incoming head of Essex Police Federation. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer or here: The Police Federation, a staff association, is keen to ensure its police officers have access to the… Read more »

Three Ways Police Misconduct Victims are Denied Access to Justice

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Tuesday, Baron Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, felt compelled to state the obvious when talking about Gina Miller, the lead claimant in the “Brexit” hearings before the High Court. (Ms Miller wants the Court to determine if Parliament should have a role in triggering Article 50 of the treaty on… Read more »