Debbie's research and writing skills are simply outstanding and the speed with which she is able to turn work around is equally impressive. Whether researching complex comparative law issues for Supreme Court appeals or drafting chapters on money laundering and anti-terrorism law, I have always found Debbie's work to be of an extremely high standard and would strongly recommend her to anyone faced with a tricky legal problem.
Tim Owen, QC, Matrix
Debbie has been working with Coram Children’s Legal Centre since 2008, when she provided an invaluable contribution to a groundbreaking global study on administrative detention being undertaken by the Centre and UNICEF. She carried out a literature review and researched international legal standards and case law on administrative detention. Since then, Debbie has been assisting the Centre in developing innovative research projects and drafting high quality funding applications in the field of education law. Debbie has demonstrated outstanding skills in legal and sociological research. Her writing skills are also of the highest quality
Kirsten Anderson, Head of Research and Communications, Children’s Legal Centre
Debbie is an outstanding researcher and author on European human rights law. Our Centre had the good fortune to obtain her services to research and write a handbook on Access to Justice in the European human rights systems commissioned by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. This was a huge undertaking, demanding knowledge in depth of both European Union human rights law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The work was completed on time to the highest standard and to the full satisfaction of the Agency and our Centre. Debbie would be our first choice to undertake any similar project in the future.
David Harris, Co-Director, University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre
We instructed Debbie to carry out background legal research in a case before the Court of Appeal which was brought to challenge the lawfulness of the terrorist asset freezing regime imposed by the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006. Her brief was to carry out research into the United Nations sanctions freezing regime introduced by Security Council Resolutions 1373(2001) and 1452(2002), how the regime is implemented by the UN, and how it has been implemented by different states; and to carry out research as to the use of Orders in Council. We were very pleased with the work she produced.
Anne McMurdie, Public Law Solicitors
Debbie was recommended to us a few years ago when Landmark embarked on significant rewriting of the Planning Encyclopaedia (running to nine volumes). Although Debbie did not at that time have planning law experience, we were sufficiently impressed by her work to persuade her to help us - not least by helping us keep up with the continuing changes in legislation and government policy and the need to update commentary. She got up to speed in planning in a very short period of time and we have not looked back since. Debbie has become a key member of our editorial team and we would struggle to carry out the work without her help. Debbie’s work is excellent - speedy, thorough and impeccably written. I strongly recommend her.
David Elvin, QC, Landmark Chambers
Debbie worked for JUSTICE preparing our response to the Government White Paper ‘Justice for All’. This was a detailed and complex set of legislative initiatives and our response involved extensive international and comparative law research together with a knowledge of criminal practice. The work she produced was excellent.
Roger Smith OBE, Director of JUSTICE
Debbie's great expertise in EU law, human rights law and criminal law is evidenced by her excellent analyses of key fair trial rights for the Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and for the EU Law Analysis blog.
Steve Peers, Professor of EU Law and Human Rights Law, University of Essex
Debbie regularly undertakes research work for me on a range of different projects dealing with topics as diverse as discrimination, the application of the European Convention on Human Rights, judicial reform and international arbitration. The work has included case research and the production of draft articles and speeches for a variety of audiences. I always find Debbie’s work products to be creative, thorough and concise and always to deadline; she is an invaluable resource.
Cherie Booth, QC, Matrix
It is frankly difficult to overstate just how good Debbie is. From difficult comparative law analysis of obtuse areas of criminal procedure and policy approaches to sexual offences prosecutions, to in-depth and penetrating research on EU criminal law, Debbie's work is genuinely first class and her ability to respond to urgent deadlines is nothing short of phenomenal. I would unhesitatingly recommend her.
Mark Summers, QC, Matrix