Debra Powell QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2017

Debra Powell QC | Call 1995 | Silk 2017

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Overview

Debra’s regulatory practice is principally in police disciplinary proceedings, where she acts as presenting counsel and has previously been legal adviser to panels. She has also undertaken a number of cases in relation to unsatisfactory performance/attendance and advised on judicial review applications arising out of disciplinary cases.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

“Debra is really good and handles sensitive situations very well. She is thorough, sharp and good tactically. She is superb and grasps everything.”
Chambers & Partners

Nottinghamshire Police v Inspector Hallam: Debra successfully secured the dismissal of an officer who had lied about her disability intending to secure medical retirement.
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experience & expertise

Debra is particularly sought after for complex and sensitive disciplinary matters. Recent examples of her work in this field include the following:

  • Thames Valley Police v DS Brashaw
    Debra successfully presented this sensitive disciplinary case against a previously well respected detective sergeant who had indecently assaulted a female detective constable on his team whilst off duty. He was dismissed from the force and his appeal against finding and penalty was subsequently also dismissed.
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  • Nottinghamshire Police v Inspector Hallam
    Debra was successful in securing the dismissal of this middle ranking officer who had failed to disclose the extent of her recovery from a whiplash injury and lied about her pain and disability with the intention of securing a medical retirement, with enhanced medical pension.
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recommendations

“She isn’t afraid to give frank advice.”
The Legal 500

“Highly intelligent and technically sound.”
The Legal 500.