About the interpreter: Debbie Lawrence

  • A Child of Deaf Adults (CODA)
  • A native and fluent user of British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Achieved a BSc(Hons) degree in Deaf Studies (Interpreting stream) from the University of Bristol
  • Graduated with a a 1:1 class honours in 2008 

2013 - Present

Became a Freelance BSL interpreter with continued specialisation in the legal domain as well as diversifying into other fields such as platform interpreting and working in mental health settings.

2010 - 2013: 

Qualified as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter (RSLI) and specialised in legal interpreting; working in a wide variety of settings within HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) including family & civil, magistrates, crown courts, The Old Bailey, the Royal Courts of Justice and Tribunals. Built up extensive experience as a court interpreter and also working as part of the defence team with advocates to take instructions. 



Professional career started as an in-house Trainee Interpreter (TSLI), working in domains such as medical, education, community and office support, enabling effective communication between Deaf and hearing people.

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