Without changes to QOCS, could Ferguson happen here?

It’s said that when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. If the government doesn’t take urgent action to change its policy on Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (“QOCS”), we might need to get an industrial-sized box of Kleenex® ready. Kevin Donoghue, solicitor, explains why. In August this year Darren Wilson, a white… Read more »

Will Paul Gambaccini sue the police?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Friday 10 October the Metropolitan Police told Paul Gambaccini they will not be proceeding in their investigations over historical sex allegations. The police arrested Mr. Gambaccini on Tuesday 29th October 2013 and released him under police bail. They did not charge him with any offences. The broadcaster described his “12 months of horror… Read more »

Why won’t a solicitor take my no win no fee claim?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor You’ve decided to claim compensation, researched which solicitors’ firm to use, and got in touch with a lawyer. But the solicitor you contact says they won’t represent you, even using a conditional fee agreement (also known as ‘no win no fee’) agreement. If you’re in this position and find yourself asking “why… Read more »

Why some accident claims victims could suffer a triple injustice

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that it will not be raising the small claims limit for accident claims. The current limit is, and remains, £1,000. The decision not to increase the small claims limit (for now) is a great relief for most innocent accident victims, who… Read more »