5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

Call 2003

Human Rights

The whole spectrum of Francesca’s practice encompasses Human Rights Law. She is currently instructed, together with Jeremy Johnson QC and Alice Meredith, by the Independent Office for Police Conduct in proceedings being brought by six claimants under Articles 6 and 8 and Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention.  

Significant cases include:

Potter v Crown Prosecution Service [2016] - Instructed by the CPS in a successful strike out application. The Claimant had sought to claim damages for alleged breaches of Articles 10 and 11 ECHR following her acquittal at trial in a prosecution for an alleged offence under section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986. The prosecution arose out of an animal rights protest at an airport. Permission to appeal was refused by the Central London County Court and by the Court of Appeal.