What can be provided by Dr David Lowe Consultancy
David’ 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:
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 is currently assisting 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.
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.
Examples of Current Work
David’s expert witness work supporting police investigations is currently ongoing.
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 has already supported citizenAID, a charity that is the 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.
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)
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
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
Visiting Lecturer Leeds Beckett University Law School and member of Leeds Beckett’s Terrorism and Human Rights Research Centre
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