Based in our South London offices at Streatham, Debra is a partner specialising in advising landlords and tenants on large-scale property law disputes. Clients seek her advice and representation on matters concerning major structural disrepair, homes affected by rodents or other nuisance, compensation for unlawful interference with tenancy rights, claims for compensation for uninsured losses from a fire, flood, or other major catastrophe, subsidence issues, disputes between family members over ownership of land, and freeholder and leaseholder disputes.
Debra also has significant expertise in neighbour disputes arising from party walls, boundaries, easements and rights of way, and drainage. Years of experience has taught her that the root of such problems is usually in the property. Therefore, once the matter is resolved, neighbourly relationships can sometimes be restored.
Debra is passionate about her work because she knows that when you fix a person’s housing situation, you often rectify other areas of their life at the same time. Suitable housing is an essential right for everyone, and often people’s lives are completely changed for the better as a result of Debra’s work.
Helping people motivates Debra, and she is committed to making a difference in her clients’ lives. She resolves problems in a practical, calm way. If injustice has occurred, she will tenaciously work to unearth its causes. Clients can be confident that she is completely unflappable; there is no dispute that she has not seen before and is capable of finding a solution to. Her mention in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners is proof of her formidable talent.
- Was an Elected member of the Law Society Housing Law Committee for 11 years.
- Member of the Housing Law Practitioners Group.
- A Peer Reviewer for the Oxford University Press.
- Her articles have featured in the Solicitors’ Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the New Law Journal.