5 Essex Court

Francesca Whitelaw

Call 2003

Information Law

Francesca has advised upon and appeared in numerous cases involving Information Law, in particular challenges to police harassment warnings; information disclosed during DBS checks and security vetting procedures; claims under the Data Protection Act and other civil actions related to information retention and sharing.

Significant cases include:

R v Clodagh Hartley [2015] - Represented the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis at a hearing at the Central Criminal Court which arose out of Operation Elveden (the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and public officials opened as a result of documents provided by News International to Operation Weeting, the phone hacking investigation). The case concerned the collateral use of information disclosed in criminal proceedings.