Francesca Whitelaw and Robert Cohen act in the Inquest into the death of Frances Andrade

Francesca Whitelaw appeared for the Chief Constable of Surrey and Robert Cohen for the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester in the recent inquest into the death of Frances Andrade. Mrs Andrade died of an overdose shortly after giving evidence in the trial of a former teacher who had abused her when she was a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

HM Coroner for Surrey entered the narrative conclusion that “Frances Andrade died from an overdose of Fluoxetine and Insulin but her intention for taking that overdose was unclear”.

HM Coroner accepted that there was evidence that police officers had encouraged Mrs Andrade to seek counselling, and did not direct Regulation 28 reports to either Chief Constable.

Francesca advises and represents police forces across the country in all areas of police civil law, in particular in inquests, judicial reviews and civil actions. She also represents the Ministry of Justice in death in custody inquests on a regular basis. Robert has considerable experience in all aspects of police law and is frequently instructed by police forces in inquests.