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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Is the SARAH Bill an abuse of Parliament’s Powers?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On the eve of Guy Fawkes Night it was fitting that the government showed that it was capable of blowing up respect for Parliament’s legislative powers. On 4th November, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (also known as the “SARAH Bill”) received its second reading in the House of Lords…. Read more »

How Co-operating Helps You Win Your Compensation Claim

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons My daughter, Olivia, loves watching old episodes of “Sesame Street” on YouTube. I grew up with the show and, as a parent, appreciate the way the writers combined education and entertainment. Recently we watched a song about co-operation. Enjoy it here. As the song says, “sometimes there is a job so big, if… 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 taking a pre-medical offer could be an expensive mistake

Accepting a pre-medical offer could be a costly financial mistake. Daniel Fitzsimmons of Donoghue Solicitors explains why. I recently represented a client from Birmingham who had been injured in a road traffic accident. After medical examination and negotiations with the other driver’s insurers, I settled her claim for more than three times the original offer…. Read more »

5 free tools to find out if your personal injury solicitor is an expert

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor How do you know if your personal injury solicitor is really an ‘expert’ in accident claims? When you first speak to him or her you may only get their name and title. You might feel awkward about asking them for their professional qualifications, so that without any further information you have… Read more »