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5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant , Professional Discipline , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits

Band 2

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Francesca Whitelaw
Specialises in inquests in relation to death during police contact, and also represents the police and the IOPC in a range of civil claims and in judicial review.
Strengths: "She has very good attention to detail and is all over the documents." "She is very clever and works exceptionally hard." "She is really good in legal arguments – she is persuasive and to the point."
Recent work: Represented the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in an appeal arising from the Bridges challenge to the roll-out of facial recognition technology.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 4

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Francesca Whitelaw
A dedicated representative of police forces across the country. She handles all aspects of civil law relating to the police and frequently appears in misconduct hearings before the Police Appeals Tribunal. She is also experienced in complex judicial reviews arising out of disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "She provides great analysis. She is likeable in court and very intelligent." "She is very hard-working and has a fantastic eye for detail. An absolute pleasure to work with, and good at handling clients."
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Francesca Whitelaw
Is instructed by government and the police to represent their interests in many inquests which attract the attention of the national press, and which relate to serious acts of terrorism, or scrutinise the actions of police officers and other public agents.
Strengths: "She is absolutely superb – a really effective senior junior. She is absolutely steeped in inquest work." "She is tireless, highly intelligent and has very, very good judgement. She is a sound tactician and is very good at knowing how to present your client's case to maximum advantage." "She is absolutely excellent and incredibly thorough. She is very well liked by clients and very hard-working, and excellent on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for the Department of Health and Social Care in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
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Practice Areas

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

Recent cases: Fishmongers Hall Terror Attack Inquests (for the Secretaries of State for Justice and for the Home Department (the Prison Service, Home Office and MI5)); Bridges v Chief Constable of South Wales Police & Ors (for the Chief Constable); (Infected Blood Inquiry (for the Department of Health and Social Care); London Bridge and Borough Market Terror Attacks Inquests and the Westminster Bridge Terror Attacks Inquests (for the Secretary of State for the Home Department); Inquests touching the death of Sean Benton and Cheryl James (Deepcut) (instructed by the MOD to represent former soldiers in the further inquests into the deaths of young soldiers at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995).

Career

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 2020 in the fields of Professional Discipline, Police Law, Inquests and Inquiries as being ‘really first rate: careful, detailed, on top of the brief and charming with clients’

Professional Memberships

ALBA, ARDL

Personal

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

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Francesca Whitelaw

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