Can I Claim Compensation for a Mistaken Identity Arrest?

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, GCILEx In the past couple of weeks, I have taken on three new clients who want to pursue actions against the police after a mistaken identity arrest. All three men have suffered mentally and physically due to the incompetence of the police. This is why I believe they should be compensated…. Read more »

Should I Take a Pre-Medical Offer Whiplash Settlement?

By Hannah Bickley, ACILEx Pre-medical offer whiplash claims are often settled quickly and, for the insurers, cheaply. But should you accept a pre-medical offer or reject it and pursue full compensation? Here’s my view. How Pre-Medical Offer Whiplash Claims Work My colleague Daniel Fitzsimmons has discussed how a pre-medical offer works in an earlier blog post…. Read more »

Niche Law Firm Award Winners!

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors We won! You might remember we were shortlisted for two Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards (read the story here), including the coveted Niche Law Firm Award for our work in actions against the police. At a glittering black-tie awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool on… Read more »

Why We Have HTTPS Websites

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor You might have noticed something different about our websites: they’ve gone green! Here I’m talking about internet security, not the environment, and our move to “https” website addresses. You may be familiar with website addresses starting with “http://” before adding “www” (world wide web). The difference with our sites is the… Read more »

Why Lawyers Need to be Creative

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors   A recent Telegraph Article got me thinking about creativity in the legal profession, and in particular, why lawyers need to be creative for themselves, their clients, and the economy. As I explain below, lawyers must do their part by exploiting technology. And lawmakers need to adopt a… Read more »

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Pay a Staff Bonus

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors I’m proud that, at Donoghue Solicitors, we do things a little differently. It may be uncomfortable to hear, but like every other law firm, we are in business, not charity. Even though we spend a lot of time and money giving back to our community, being professional… 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 »

Donoghue Solicitors Short-listed for Two Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I am delighted to announce that my firm, Donoghue Solicitors, has been short-listed for two awards in the prestigious 2015 Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. We are up for the Niche Law Firm of the Year and Small Law Firm of the Year Legal Awards, along with only two other firms… Read more »

Five Ways to Cut Police Complaints

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (“IPCC”) published its Police Complaints Statistics for England and Wales Report for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. (The IPCC is responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints against the police.) The report is grim reading. It shows that police complaints are at… 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 »