I joined Hodge Jones and Allen as a paralegal in 2009. Following the completion of my legal training, I qualified as a solicitor in 2013.
As a member of the Civil Liberties department, I specialise in civil actions and human rights claims against the police and other public authorities; Inquests following deaths in custody; compensation applications for victims of miscarriage of justice; judicial review challenges and personal injury claims.
I have a particular interest in civil actions resulting from police misconduct at public demonstrations; where protesters rights to freedom of assembly and expression have been compromised. I have acted for victims of police misconduct at the 2009 G20 anti-capitalism demonstrations; the 2011 ‘Royal Wedding’ anti-monarchist demonstrations; the Critical Mass bicycle ride during the London Olympics opening ceremony; anti-deportation demonstrations at Colnbrook Immigration Detention Centre and numerous anti-austerity demonstrations.
“A huge thank you to both Stephen Simblet from Garden Court Law & Cormac McDonough from Hodge Jones & Allen on their fantastic work in the last 3 years and the amazing support they have given my family with the inquest into my cousin’s death in prison.”
“Mr Cormac McDonough has been extremely helpful and very brilliant. He is very humble and respectful. he has excellent customer service skills. He explains the law in simple language. I am extremely happy with the service he has provided and will recommend him to anyone.”
“Cormac was professional and personable, focused but never short. He explained complex issues well and gave excellent advice while listening carefully to me. He was extremely thorough, really proactive and left no stone unturned. I could not imagine anyone better! Sensitive and determined.”
LPC, University of Law, London Bloomsbury, September 2008 – 2010 (Distinction)
GDL, College of Law, Chester, 2006 – 2008
Management & Information Systems BSc Hons: Queens University Belfast, 2000 – 2004
Admitted as a Solicitor, 2013
Hodge Jones & Allen, Trainee Solicitor, 2011-2013
Hodge Jones & Allen, Paralegal, 2009-2011
McKeowns Solicitors, 2006-09
Membership & Appointments
Police Action Lawyers Group
I enjoy travel, photography, football, live music and collecting records.
The Guardian newspaper recently published an article about a man who was wrongfully arrested whilst shopping in Waitrose in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. A legal commentator quoted in the piece suggested the man had little possibility of legal redress but Cormac McDonough argues, he could have potentially brought a claim,
Following the Home Secretary’s announcement last year of a major review into deaths and serious incidents in police custody, a consultation entitled, Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody, recently closed. In the second of a series of blogs centred around our response to the consultation, we look at the link between drug and alcohol intoxication and deaths and serious incidents in police custody.
Following the Home Secretary’s announcement last year of a major review into deaths and serious incidents in police custody, a consultation entitled, Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody, recently closed.