5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

Call 2003


Francesca is a ranked junior specialising in police and government law. 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. She also has notable expertise in inquests, appearing in some of the most high profile inquests in recent years.

Francesca was first appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2012, and she was appointed to the B Panel in 2016. She undertakes a broad range of high profile work for a variety of government departments, including national security work.

Francesca is currently instructed as Junior Counsel on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department for the London Bridge Terror Attack Inquests, having been instructed in the same role for 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.