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 »

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 »

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 »

Why are Solicitors Against Raising the Small Claims Limit?

Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors explains why solicitors are opposed to an increase in the small claims limit. I recently wrote to my local MP, Peter Dowd, and Louise Ellman, MP (the MP for Liverpool Riverside, where Donoghue Solicitors is based) to ask them to consider the Government’s proposed reforms of the accident claims process, and… Read more »