Deborah specialises in public law children matters. She represents children in a wide variety of public law and adoption cases. She is a specialist in Care proceedings including cases concerned with issues of radicalisation; fabricated and induced illness, non accidental injuries; serious sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect. Also, contact with child in care, assessment applications, finding of fact hearings, placements abroad and cases with international jurisdiction issues.
Deborah undertakes her own advocacy in all levels of courts and is a Higher Rights Advocate.
Deborah was shortlisted for the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group’s public family legal aid lawyer of the year for 2017.
Deborah is a committee member of SAHCA - The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates.
Area of specialism: Public law children
Re MP (Fact-Finding Hearing: Care Proceedings)  EWHC 2062 (Fam),
Re MP (Fact-finding Hearing: Care Proceedings: Art 15)  EWHC 2063 (Fam),  1 FLR 702,
London Borough of Barnet v The Father & Anor  EWFC B144 (11 July 2014)
London-Borough of Newham v KA Mother Ors  EWFC B11 (4 March 2016)
Re SL Permission to Vaccinate  EWHC 125 (Fam) (30 January 2017)
Accreditations: The Law Society Children Law accreditation and higher rights of audience (civil). Vulnerable witness training accreditation obtained.
Memberships: Association of Lawyers for Children; Solicitor's Association of Higher Courts Advocates (SAHCA); London Children’s Lawyers Group; Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association; NSPCC; associate member of the National Association of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers (NAGALRO); Resolution ,Barnet, East London and Central Family Court User Groups.
Recommendations: Good Lawyers Guide.
“Deborah is a real credit to the profession... she is the paradigm Solicitor-Advocate..."
"She worked incredibly hard … was absolutely tireless in nailing down all the details on a complicated case."