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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Francesca Whitelaw

5 Essex Court - London

Francesca Whitelaw - 5 Essex Court
  • 5 Essex Court
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 9AH

Profile submitted by Francesca Whitelaw

Practice Areas

Police Law, Public/Administrative Law, Inquests and Inquiries, Professional Discipline, Human Rights. Recent cases: Inquest touching the death of Cheryl James (Deepcut) (instructed by the Ministry of Defence to represent two former soldiers in the further inquest into the death of a young soldier at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995); Gross Misconduct Proceedings concerning Inspector Mackaill (Plebgate) (independent legal advisor in misconduct proceedings against a police inspector which arose out of his involvement in, and statements to the press following, a meeting with Andrew Mitchell MP on 12th October 2012. The meeting arose out of the incident known as ‘Plebgate’). In the matter of Olaseni Lewis deceased (Junior Counsel to the IPCC for disciplinary matters concerning the death of a 23-year old who died following police restraint at the Bethlem hospital).

Professional Memberships

Administrative Law Bar Association


Called to the Bar in 2003. Appointed to the Attorney-General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2012 and to the B Panel in 2016. Recognised in Chambers and Partners UK 2015 and 2016 in the field of Professional Discipline as being ‘very effective’ and ‘well known for her expertise…’


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