5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

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Practice Areas

Police Law, Public/Administrative Law, Inquests and Inquiries, Professional Discipline, Civil Actions, Human Rights

Recent cases: Infected Blood Inquiry (instructed by the Department of Health and Social Care); London Bridge and Borough Market Terror Attacks Inquests (instructed by the Secretary of State (Home Office and MI5)); Westminster Bridge Terror Attack Inquests (instructed by the Secretary of State); Inquests touching the death of Sean Benton and Cheryl James (Deepcut) (instructed by the Ministry of Defence to represent former soldiers in the further inquests into the deaths of young soldiers at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995); Gatland & Ors v IPCC (instructed by IOPC in civil action claim for misfeasance and breaches of Articles 6, 8, and Article 1 First Protocol ECHR).


Called to the Bar in 2003. Appointed by the Attorney-General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) in 2016, C Panel in 2012). Recognised in Chambers and Partners UK from 2015 to 2019 variously in the fields of Professional Discipline, Police Law, Inquests and Inquiries as being ‘high likeable’, ‘very effective’, ‘well known for her expertise’, ‘a dedicated representative of police forces across the country…experienced in complex judicial reviews…’.

Professional Memberships



BA(Hons) Cantab, MA Cantab (English), MA (Law) City