With Police Spit Hood Trial Expansion, Democracy Dies in Darkness

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that the Metropolitan Police has expanded its police spit hood trial to include all custody suites across London. Spit hoods, or, as “The Met” likes to call them, “spit guards”, are made of nylon mesh with a plastic reinforced panel at the front. They are placed… 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 »

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 »

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 »