Dr David Lowe Consultancy: Who he is and what he can do for you

David has a wide variety of experience in the area of terrorism & security, policing and criminal law. In addition to work his consultancy work for both the private and public sector, David is a former police officer where he carried out a variety of CID and uniform roles and in the past 12 years David is currently an academic researching and teaching terrorism & security, policing and criminal law. He is widely published in these areas from books, book chapters,  journal articles to newspapers. Due to his expertise, he is consistently used by the UK national and international media for expert commentary in his research areas.


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

Services provided by his consultancy business:

1. Expert witness services in the area of terrorism & security, policing and criminal law includes (but not exclusive to)
a. Terrorists and criminals’ use of tradecraft (counter-surveillance measures);
b. Law on terrorists and criminal’s use of electronic communications;
c. Policing agencies’ surveillance activity on terrorists and criminals;
d. Legality of evidence gathering by policing agencies on suspects;
e. Law covering freedom of expression and what amounts to extremist expression that breaches the boundaries accepted under freedom of expression;
f. Legality of policing agencies’ actions during terrorist and criminal investigations.

I am a member of and approved by the National Expert Witness Agency and the UK Register of Expert Winresses

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2. Evidence on Law and Policy includes (but not exclusive to):
a. Drafting a Business Continuity Plan/Crisis Management Plan to develop company resilience to terrorism and security issues;
b. Drafting specific policies on criminal and security issues in the workplace;
c. Advising and drafting policies on the implementation of statutory obligations related to security and terrorism issues.

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3. Based on David’s experience as a police trainer and university lecturer, Examples of Training Provision (David can develop many areas of training required):
a. Points of evidence required when supplying statements to the police;
b. Developing companies’ resilience related to terrorism, security and criminal activity;
c. Supporting staff implementing of the Prevent strategy (assisting those vulnerable to being drawn towards terrorism). This includes staff in agencies that have a statutory duty under section 26 Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015;
d. How the current terrorist threats in context impacts on business;
e. Applying in the workplace the principles of the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ programme regarding response to a terrorist attack.

4. General Security Work
David has knowledge and experience in visiting premises and enhancing security provision in the workplace covering a range of issues from effective CCTV coverage to enhancing company protocols and practice

He can be contacted via email: davidlowe59@virginmedia.com

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

David Lowe’s Qualifications and Experiences 

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 was the manager of the law programme and tutor team 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:

Expert Panel Member UN’s UNESCO on extremism and radicalisation

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

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 (Advising on UK Prevent strategy)

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 terrorist 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 RiSC. The Academic Resilience & Security Community (Academic RiSC) is a network of universities formed to promote academic engagement in solving challenges in national security and resilience. Academic RiSC is recognized by the Home Office and other Government Departments as a portal to academia for this area.

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

Member of Counter Terrorism Advisory Network, UK

Working with Northeast Department of Education and North East Police Prevent officers on a regional Prevent projects in the North East of England

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

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

Article reviewer for Taylor & Francis peer reviewed international journal Terrorism & Political Violence

Article reviewer for Sage Publications peer reviewed international journal European Journal of Criminology

Article reviewer for peer reviewed international journal Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)

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