How police ignore guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week the College of Policing issued a new document: “Guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings”. The College, which issued the guidance, describes itself as “the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide those working in policing with… Read more »

Was Simon Brodkin Wrongfully Arrested for a Breach of the Peace?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It’s fair to say that Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative party conference last week was farcical. Not only did she suffer persistent coughing, but letters on the sign behind her fell off the wall, giving quick-witted viewers the chance to mock her with social media memes.   I had to draw… Read more »

Why We All Benefit When People Bring Claims Against the Police

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors I recently wrote about why people bring claims against the police. Compensation is less important for many victims of police misconduct, especially when compared to: restoring their reputations correcting inaccurate police records/ destruction of DNA etc. which could impact on future job prospects/ parental access rights etc…. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Are Merseyside Police Confused About the Burden of Proof?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Last week my client, Liverpool solicitor James Parry, was awarded £9,000 compensation in his false imprisonment claim against Merseyside Police. You can read about the case at The Liverpool Echo and The Law Society Gazette websites. These press reports included a statement from Merseyside Police. As a solicitor who… Read more »

Can I Claim Compensation for a Mistaken Identity Arrest?

  By Daniel Fitzsimmons, GCILEx In the past couple of weeks, I have taken on three new clients who want to pursue actions against the police after a mistaken identity arrest. All three men have suffered mentally and physically due to the incompetence of the police. This is why I believe they should be compensated…. Read more »

A Police Claims Solicitor’s Christmas Wish

By Kevin Donoghue, Police Claims Solicitor and Director of Donoghue Solicitors Can you believe it’s nearly the end of 2014? As a police claims solicitor, this year I used the firm’s blog to highlight issues I came across in daily law practice. As my blog posts show, there are lots of areas of concern. My… Read more »

Police Assault? You Decide

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and specialist in actions against the police I came across this facebook video of a man being arrested at Freshbrook shops in Swindon. It appears to show police assault a man during the course of an arrest. According to the comments beneath the video, the arrested man was “accused of something he… Read more »