A practitioner who is well respected for her handling of financial divorce proceedings on behalf of high net worth individuals, and who has particular expertise in tax and offshore trusts issues. She is noted for her tenacity in court and offers clients a real depth of experience in Schedule 1 proceedings, among other issues. Strengths:"Highly effective, she is someone with a settlement-oriented approach but is always up for the fight when necessary." "She is absolutely fearless and her performance in the courtroom is out of this world." "She maintains a superb blend of fighting her client's corner while also being sensitive and approachable. You would not mess with her." ‘A fantastic silk with an eye for detail. Great with the lay client and a formidable opponent in Court.’ ‘Deborah is a true powerhouse and a formidable advocate. She is determined to achieve the client’s goals. When she makes submissions, judges listen closely.’Chambers and Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2023
- Financial Remedies
- Jurisdiction disputes
- Schedule 1 claims
- Pre & post nuptial agreements
- Inheritance claims
- FB v PS  EWHC 2979 (fam)
- EDG v RR EWHC 3097 (Fam)
- ZA v AS EWHC 2630 (Fam)
- US v SR:  EWHC 175 (Fam)
- UL v BK  EWHC 1735 (Fam)
- AC v DC (NO 2  2 FLR 1499
- AC v DC and Others (Financial Remedy: Effect of s 37 Avoidance Order)  2 FLR 1483
- BP, KP and NI (Financial Remedy Proceedings: Res Judicata)  1 FLR 1310
- Young v Young   2 FLR 470
- G v G (Financial Remedies: Short Marriage: Trust Assets)  2 FLR 48
- AR v AR (Treatment of Inherited Wealth)  2 FLR
- Golubovich v Golubovich  EWHC 2267 (FAM)
- FZ v SZ & Anr.  AER (D) 189 Jul
- Golubovich v Golubovich  AER (D) 136
- D v D (Divorce: Media Presence)  2 FLR 324VB v JP  1 FLR 742
- P v P  1 FLR 742
- North v North  1 FLR 158
- C v C  1 FLR 8
- MacFarlane v MacFarlane; Parlour v Parlour  1 FLR 893
- Gray’s Inn
- Soho House
- Member of the RADA Development Board
- Wycombe High School
- Exeter University- LLB
- Council of Legal Education- Barrister at Law
Chambers and Partners
"Deborah is an awesome advocate, with huge experience, great judgement, and a reassuring knack for predicting outcomes."
"She is all over the papers, phenomenal in court and a great cross-examiner."
“Deals in High value matrimonial cases, a number of her matters are international in nature and she is a noted expert of pre-nuptial agreements”.
“A “firecracker of a barrister” she “is a robust advocate” who will fight her client’s corner and gee them up if necessary. She is famed for her tenacious style and uncompromising approach. “You need shin pads and ear muffs to deal with her, but there’s no denying she is effective”
She “ is an extremely effective advocate who is climbing to the top of her profession. Peers view her as a dangerous opponent and clients admire her “tenacious and forceful” approach. One peer commented: “She always goes in hard for her client. If you’re against her you know it’s fists up and a fight.
'Beloved by footballers, princesses and tech billionaires, her fan club grows by the minute.’
'She is tenacious and punchy, works phenomenally hard and brings a lot of energy to litigation.'
She is ‘a tower of strength to clients at their time of need’
“Simply brilliant. A tremendous proponent of her client’s cause and an assertive advocate. She is special. When you need someone to fight your corner she is unparalleled. She has more of a Rocky Balboa style of advocacy and an unpretentious touch that inspires confidence in clients and professional witnesses. She is primarily a matrimonial finance specialist. ”
“A robust tactician and advocate” she is a “good fighter who clients quickly warm to”.
‘Deborah is a true powerhouse and a formidable advocate. She is determined to achieve the client’s goals. When she makes submissions, judges listen closely.’
Deborah is divorced and the mother of twin boys now 22.
She enjoys daily exercise (swimming and working out) and attends the theatre and ballet on a regular basis. She retains her passion for football, actively supporting Manchester United and England. Her holidays are spent travelling far and wide.