Francesca Whitelaw representing two former soldiers in the new inquest into the death of Cheryl James at the Deepcut barracks in 1995
Francesca Whitelaw is currently instructed by the Ministry of Defence to represent two former soldiers, Interested Person, Paul Wilkinson, and witness Andrew Gavaghan, in the new inquest into the death of Cheryl James at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995. This is a very high profile case, following longstanding public interest in the deaths of four army recruits who died from gunshot wounds in unexplained circumstances at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002. A reinvestigation into the deaths was conducted by Surrey Police between 2002 and 2003. This was subsequently followed by an independent review led by Nicholas Blake QC (as he then was), whose report was published in March 2006. In 2014 the High Court quashed the original inquest into the death of one of the recruits, Cheryl James, the body was exhumed, and a fresh inquest commenced. The further inquest is currently taking place in Surrey before Coroner HHJ Brian Barker CBE QC. A conclusion is expected in May 2016.