5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

Call 2003

“A dedicated representative of police forces across the country…experienced in complex judicial reviews…Very well prepared and on top of the detail…”
Chambers UK

Francesca is a ranked junior specialising in police and government law.  Described by Chambers UK as “a highly likeable advocate”, she advises and represents public bodies across the country in all areas of civil law including judicial review, civil actions, professional discipline and human rights claims, and she has notable expertise in inquests.

Francesca was appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2016, having previously been appointed to the C Panel from 2012 to 2016. 

Francesca provides lectures to solicitors on all aspects of her practice. In 2017, she was invited to speak at the Upholding Integrity in Policing Conference, together with Dame Anne Owers (Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission), and Victor Marshall OBE (Professional Standards Co-ordinator of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales). 

Francesca was recently instructed with Samantha Leek QC to appear on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department at the Westminster Bridge Inquests.  She was also instructed by the Ministry of Defence to represent two former soldiers for the 5-month inquest into the death of Sean Benton, who died at the Deepcut Barracks in 1995. She previously represented former soldiers at the inquest into the death of Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks.