Chambers congratulates Francesca Whitelaw who was officially appointed to King’s Counsel today. The Lord Chancellor presided over the appointment ceremony at Westminster Hall, where he formally bestowed the titles to 95 barristers.
The title of King’s Counsel is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy. It is made to advocates who have rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales and have demonstrated the competencies in the Competency Framework to a standard of excellence. The King’s Counsel Selection Panel is responsible for recommendations to the Lord Chancellor on appointment of King’s Counsel.
Frankie is a leading specialist in government and police law and is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Below is an overview of her career to date.
The day was spent between Chambers, Westminster Hall and the High Court, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues in a mixture of traditional and informal celebrations.
Commenting on a memorable day, Frankie said: "Being sworn in as King's Counsel is not only an incredible privilege, but also a wonderful opportunity to look back and recognise all those who have played important parts in my life and career – and to look forward to new challenges at what is everyday becoming a more diverse, inclusive and innovative profession.".
Jason Beer KC, Head of Chambers, said: "We are all immensely proud that Frankie has taken silk. It is, of course, richly deserved and a reflection of the breadth and depth of Frankie's skills, knowledge and ability. It has been a particular pleasure to watch Frankie develop since she started pupillage with us back in 2005. We look forward to seeing Frankie flourish in the next stage of her exciting career.".