Deborah holds an LLB and an LLM (cum laude) in public international law, with a focus on business and human rights, from the University of Johannesburg. She also acquired a certificate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership institute for the course on the African Political Economy, which is aimed at inspiring leaders to understand the economic challenges confronting Africa with a view of bringing about positive change on the continent. Deborah has also been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of the top 200 young South Africans in the legal field for 2018. Within Tumbo Scott, she has advised clients on various legal matters in the corporate, commercial and regulatory space.
Deborah is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and the Chairwoman and co-founder of Tumbo Scott, a Sandton based law firm specializing in corporate and commercial legal services. She qualified as an attorney and worked as a corporate associate at Webber Wentzel, a leading South African law firm, where she worked on various high-level matters as well as on some of the biggest corporate and commercial transactions in the country. Deborah also worked as a senior law clerk and advisor to Justice Sisi Khampepe of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where she advised the judge on some the most complex and high-profile legal matters in the country. Following this, Deborah worked at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a dispute resolution attorney for some of the biggest corporate and government entities in South Africa.
Deborah has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience and has, together with her co-founder, Tshepiso Scott, has built Tumbo Scott into a notable boutique law firm that has serviced over 85 different clients in the corporate and commercial space, including international and listed companies. Deborah has also recently lent her legal expertise to the fight against corruption in South Africa, working as the head of legal and investigations at Corruption Watch, spearheading various high-profile legal matters – including litigation against former board members of state owned entities that have been implicated in corruption using the Companies Act.