3 Ways the Police Could Improve Their Body Worn Cameras Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A University of Cambridge study confirmed that, where police body worn cameras are used appropriately, the number of complaints against police officers by members of the public reduced by 93%. Despite this remarkable statistic, current police policy towards body cameras means that, UK-wide, police complaints are unlikely to be reduced so… Read more »

How Can Police Justify the Use of a Spit Hood?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor and Specialist in Civil Actions Against the Police In an embarrassing climb-down reported in The Independent this week the Metropolitan Police (the “Met”) suspended plans to trial spit hood masks after pressure from human rights campaigners. The news brought attention to the fact that spit hoods are presently used by forces… Read more »

Why I’m Making a Parachute Jump to Help Heidi Roberts

By Hannah Bickley, GCILEx I’m scared of heights. Even standing on a ladder frightens me. So, why am I going to make a parachute jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet? Because Heidi Roberts needs help. What Happened to Heidi Roberts? Heidi is a family friend with breast and lung cancer. She’s only 36… 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 »

Will Police Take Complaints Seriously With Theresa May in No.10?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Today, after an unprecedented few weeks in politics, Home Secretary Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. Her public criticism of the police, especially in a scathing speech to the Police Federation in 2014 in which she said some officers displayed “contempt for the public”, raised hopes that this would lead to a… 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 »

Do Taser Assault Victims Suffer Miscarriages of Justice?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A recent study in America suggests that Taser “stun-guns” cause short-term dementia-like effects in victims. This raises questions about their use and, in particular, whether miscarriages of justice occur when the police question suspects shortly after using the weapons. Independent Taser Study The study, reported by Drexel University, and funded by the… Read more »

Merry Christmas from Donoghue Solicitors!

Merry Christmas! Best wishes to all of our clients, friends, and families. Thank you for your support this year! We’ve had a fantastic year. Three highlights are: In May we won Liverpool Law Society’s Niche Law Firm Award, a hugely proud moment for me personally and everyone involved in the firm. In November we moved… Read more »

Are Merseyside Police Confused About the Burden of Proof?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Last week my client, Liverpool solicitor James Parry, was awarded £9,000 compensation in his false imprisonment claim against Merseyside Police. You can read about the case at The Liverpool Echo and The Law Society Gazette websites. These press reports included a statement from Merseyside Police. As a solicitor who… Read more »

We’re Moving!

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director Donoghue Solicitors Exciting news! Thanks to the help and support of our clients, family, and friends we’re moving to bigger premises in Liverpool. From Monday 9 November 2015 we’ll be at 25 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 2FE. Our phone and fax numbers will remain the same. For directions to our… Read more »