In Praise of Appraisals

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Most of the time I write on my firm’s blog about actions against the police, news and politics, and legal issues. This is not one of those times. Today I want to talk about: the team we have here at Donoghue Solicitors, how staff appraisals bring out the best… Read more »

Why Facial Recognition Technology is Another Home Office Failure

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week I asked why the Home Office was ignoring spit hoods, allowing individual police forces to roll them out on a piecemeal basis. (TL;DR it’s inexcusable, and people are being injured, or worse, as a result.) Another issue the government seems unwilling, or unable, to deal with is Facial Recognition… Read more »

Are police sexual exploitation cases being brushed under the carpet?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor In January Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) reported on police sexual exploitation, also known as “police abuse of authority for sexual gain”. The police’s overseer found that, in the 2 years to March 2016: Police abuse of authority for sexual gain is a nationwide problem. All but one police force had at… 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »