What can be provided by Dr David Lowe Consultancy

David’s consultancy service will provide support and advice on law and policy related to terrorism & security, criminal law, surveillance/data protection, handling informers, the law of evidence related to criminal law, EU law related to justice & home affairs and policing activity. He has and is currently providing the following services:

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David providing an explanation of article 50 Treaty of Lisbon

Expert Witness Services – David has provided expert commentary for the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism unit, SO15. This can cover a variety of aspects to an investigation ranging from terrorists’ use of electronic communications to terrorist’ use of tradecraft (counter-surveillance techniques). David recently assisted the Irish State Prosecutors and An Garda Siochana for a hearing in early 2018 regarding surveillance of electronic communications, in particular the retention and access to telecommunications data and ensuring provisions are compatible with EU law.

Advice on application of law and policy – David provides support to Merseyside Police’s Prevent team that has ranged from giving presentations to the team and other police staff, support at multi-faith meetings, issues around defining extremist activity and inputs to other agencies involved in the Prevent programme. He can provide advice on any aspect of law and policy related to terrorism & security, criminal law and policing.

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Terrorism expert advises Police on anti-terror policies

Conferences and Symposia – David has experience in delivering presentations and papers at a variety of conferences regarding terrorism & security, surveillance/data protection, criminal law and policing. If you are looking for a keynote speaker or a presentation at your conference/symposium contact David.

Link to talk to Worldwide Wednesday Liverpool on Crime & Security for UK post-Brexit

Examples of Current Work

David’s expert witness work supporting police investigations is currently ongoing.

Security Consultancy Work, Signature Living – Signature Living is a Liverpool based company with a number of hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars around the UK and a ship based in Ibiza.

Regional Prevent project ‘1002 Nights’ – this a project involving the Burnley area in Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester that involves pupils in secondary education and the communities in delivering Prevent initiatives where ownership is with the community rather than state agencies. David is working with other agencies including relevant local authorities, The Great Northern Impact Hub, schools, social services involving youth workers and the police. Among the initiatives, pupils from some of the schools have already produced videos related to the dangers of being drawn the extremist narrative that were written, filmed and produced by sixth form pupils with support from the teaching staff with the aim of using the videos to give the message to other children and young people. The project has already received funding and, with the team, David is applying for further funding as the success of the project expands.

Liverpool World Centre Innovation Labs – linked to the Prevent strategy, with the Communities Officer from Liverpool World Centre David is delivering sessions on what factors amount to extremist behaviour.

Protect/Prepare Initiatives – David is an ambassador for citizenAID, a charity that is an  initiative brought about by UK civilian and military clinicians working in collaboration with industry to improve public resilience from the British Army’s Medical Services and Birmingham University Hospital. From this David is currently involved in putting in place policies related to building the resilience of towns and cities from terrorist attacks.

Current Academic Role – David is at Leeds Beckett University’s Law School with a remit to help develop the Law School’s research agenda

David Lowe’s Qualifications and Experiences related to terrorism & security, the law of evidence related to criminal law, surveillance/data protection, criminal law and policing

PhD (2010 Liverpool John Moores University) – researched the role of the UK’s Special Branch in counter-terrorism investigations
MPhil (2003 University of Liverpool) – researched the role of the police in a multi-agency approach to crime control
LLB (Honours) (2001), Liverpool John Moores University
BA (Honours), Criminal Justice (1996), Liverpool John Moores University


2018 – current, Senior Research Fellow Leeds Beckett University, researching an writing on the areas of terrorism & security, policing and criminal law

2007 -2017, Principal Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University’s Law School where David managed the law programme as well as researching and teaching terrorism & security, the law of evidence related to criminal law, policing, EU law related to justice & home affairs and criminal law

1980-2007, police officer, Merseyside Police, retired a detective sergeant. During David’s service he carried out a variety of uniform and CID roles

1978-1980, communications officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office where I was posted to various UK embassies, mainly in the Middle East

External Roles:

Security Consultant for Signature Living

Associate Academic Fellow and member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (one of the UK’s four Inns of Court)

Liverpool Law Society, member of the Criminal Practice Committee

External Examiner for PhD voce vivas where the candidate’s research is related to terrorism and security

External Member All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

Member of Leeds Beckett University’s Terrorism and Human Rights Research Centre

citizenAID Ambassador – citizenAID is designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass effective messages to the emergency services, to prioritise the injured and to give life-saving first aid following a therrorist attack

Club Liverpool Ambassador, in January 2018 received certificate of recognition for bringing in over £400,000 impact to  Liverpool city region

Member of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

External Examiner University of Sunderland 2016-2020, law programme

Regular contributor to Westlaw’s legal encyclopaedia, Insight, on terrorism related law

Article reviewer for Taylor & Francis international journal, Police Practice & Research

me at Liverpool Law Scociety awards