5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

Call 2003

Inquests

Francesca has extensive experience in inquests arising out of deaths in prison and police custody, deaths following police contact and deaths involving army personnel. She also has specialist expertise in the area of police pursuits.

Deepcut: Inquest touching the death of Sean Benton (2018) - Representing two former soldiers for the renewed inquest into the death of Sean Benton, a young soldier who died at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995.

Inquest touching the death of Jagdip Randhawa (2016) - Represented the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary for the 3-week jury inquest into the death of a 19-year old Leeds University student. Mr Randhawa died in hospital, having suffered a serious brain injury following a punch by a professional boxer, Clifton Ty Mitchell, who was subsequently convicted of manslaughter. Mr Mitchell was on bail at the time of the incident.

Inquest touching the death of Cheryl James (2016) - Instructed by the Ministry of Defence to act on behalf of two former soldiers in the further inquest into the death of Cheryl James at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995.

Inquest touching the death of Wiktoria Was, deceased (2015) - Counsel to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis for the jury inquest into the death of a 13-year old girl who died when a car, which was being pursued by police at the time, crashed into the vehicle in which she was travelling. The driver of the car pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and other offences.

Inquest touching the death of Joshua Brown, deceased (2015) - Counsel to the Chief Constable of Surrey Police for the 3-week jury inquest into the death of a 21-year old soldier who was hit by a police vehicle attending an emergency call on the A31 in Surrey in foggy weather.

Inquest touching the death of Henry Hicks (2015-2016) - Represented the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in a successful application for anonymity for police officers, who had been subject to death threats, in the context of the inquest into the death of an 18-year old boy who was riding a Vespa scooter at the time of his death. The IPCC are investigating whether police officers were pursuing Henry at the time as well as previous police contact with him.

Inquest touching the death of Harry Kirkham (2015) - Counsel to the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police for the jury inquest into the death of a 15-year old boy who died of a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a police car in March 2015. Harry had been free-running with his friends,

Inquest touching the death of Frances Andrade (2014) - Represented the Chief Constable of Surrey Police at the inquest into the death of a concert violinist who was found dead after giving evidence against a couple who sexually abused her while she was at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Inquest touching the death of Barry deceased (2013) - Counsel to the Chief Constable of Kent Police in the three-week jury inquest into the death of a 14-year old boy who died after drinking methadone (see R (on the application of Kent County Council) v HM Coroner for Kent (North-West District) [2012] EWHC 2768 (Admin)).