Deborah is a nationally renowned procurement law specialist, noted for her commercial and pragmatic advice to clients. She is also WBD's Head of Procurement. 

Deborah advises clients in the public and private sector and uses her knowledge of acting for both sectors to provide practical advice on running processes which are as defensible as possible and advising bidders on how to challenge processes.

Deborah has a particular interest in advising on procuring innovation and complex projects. Deborah provides training on procurement law and writes regularly for Westlaw.

Deborah’s background also means she can advise on local government vires issues and trading and charging matters.

Deborah advises clients in a wide range of sectors including central and local government, NHS bodies, education, transport and utilities sectors and third sector organisations


Examples of experience include advising:

  • North East Purchasing Organisation – all procurement and commercial advice on the successful and innovative procurement of the NEPRO3 framework used regularly by both central and local government clients
  • A large number of large NHS Foundation Trusts and Trusts – on a range of matters including shared services, defence of challenged processes, carrying out audits of procurements, reviewing standard and bespoke procurement documents
  • Transport for the North – advice on the requirements and practical application of the innovation partnership procedure
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority – expert advice on the vires and procurement law implications of the devolution of the adult education budget.