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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Francesca Whitelaw

5 Essex Court - London

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  • 5 Essex Court
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 9AH

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Practice Areas

Police Law, Public/Administrative Law, Inquests and Inquiries, Professional Discipline, Human Rights Recent cases: 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); Ian Brady v First Tier Tribunal and the Lord Chancellor (represented the Mental Health Tribunal in an application for judicial review brought by Ian Brady (who was convicted of the Moors Murders in the 1960s) shortly before his death). 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, 2016 and 2017 in the field of Professional Discipline as being ‘high likeable’, ‘very effective’ and ‘well known for her expertise…’


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