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Debra Jeffree

Joint Course Director BA Business Management 

Year 3 Tutor Business Management 

School of Strategy and Leadership
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law 



I am a Principal Lecturer and currently teach business law and employability skills to undergraduate business students and am involved with student recruitment and admissions. I am a senior teaching fellow of the Higher Education Authority and in addition to business law have taught a wide range of subjects including Land and Property Law, Business Organisations and Principles of English Law.

I have held a wide range of academic, professional and managerial responsibilities and am currently the Joint Course Director and year 3 tutor of BA Business Management. 

Prior to joining the University, I gained experience of consumer advice, mediation within the criminal justice system and high volume residential conveyancing in private practice and have been a consultant and external examiner to the National Association of Estate Agents.


  • Senior Fellow HEA, 2016
  • Law LLB (Hons), 1982
  • Further and Higher Education Teaching Certificate (Part 1), 1984

Research interests

My current research interest is in the management and training needs of solicitors. The Solicitors Regulation Authorities Legal Education and Training Report in 2013 identified a number of shortfalls in existing training and I have lead negotiations with the Warwickshire Law Society to offer a suite of workshops to their membership. The workshops addressed these issues and helped to assist local solicitors requiring an on-going practicing certificate to satisfying Principle 5 of the SRA Handbook, to provide a proper standard of service to clients by adhering to the SRA Competency Statement by evidencing continuing competence at the threshold standard.

Teaching modules

  • Employability skills – BABA, IBM, BABM (243SAM)
  • Legal Aspects of Management Responsibility – IBM (101SAM)
  • Legal Aspects of Responsible Leadership – BABM (102SAM)
  • Professional Etiquette – BABA, IBM, BABM (120SAM)

Areas of expertise

  • Business Law
  • Employability skills
  • Undergraduate recruitment and admissions 
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