Cecily White

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Cecily White | Call 2011

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Cecily has represented families, NHS Trusts, police forces and professionals at inquests across the country, including jury inquests and cases engaging Article 2 ECHR. She regularly advises on case strategy, disclosure obligations, and witness preparation.

Inquests & Inquiries

“She provides valuable advice and has extremely good interpersonal skills.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy – John Beggs QC and Cecily White instructed on behalf of the widow
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experience & expertise

Cecily has experience of cases involving deaths following treatment in hospitals, detention in mental health institutions, and contact with the police including 999 calls and other emergency including suicide situations.  Recent cases in the medical field have involved treatment in care homes and/or community mental health teams; and in the police field, firearms cases and cases involving restraint.

Cecily is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex inquests, before a jury and Coroner alone.  She acts on behalf of individuals and organisations and frequently advises on “PFD” issues.

Cecily is particularly interested in human rights arguments (typically engaging Articles 2, 3, 5 and 8 ECHR) having worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

cases & work of note

Cecily’s recent cases have included a number of high-profile, sensitive inquests.

  • Undercover Policing Inquiry  (ongoing)
    Junior counsel to Sir Robert Francis QC on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
  • Inquest touching the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy (ongoing since 2016)
    Junior counsel to the widow of a Russian businessman who died in Surrey in 2012.  The inquest, which involves complex toxicological evidence, was adjourned pending consideration of a public interest immunity application by the Government [2016] EWHC 3001 (Admin) but is now ongoing.
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  • Inquest touching the death of Cheryl James  and Sean Benton  (2016 and 2018)
    Junior counsel to Surrey Police in the fresh inquests ordered following the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002.  Inquest into the death of Sean Benton to be heard in Woking Coroner’s Court in spring 2018.
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  • Inquest touching the death of Richard Davies (2017)
    Acting for Bedfordshire Police in Cambridgeshire’s first fatal shooting inquest, in front of a jury, which returned a conclusion of lawful killing after hearing complex ballistics evidence.
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  • Inquest touching the death of Stella Alao (2017 and ongoing)
    Article 2 inquest into a maternal sepsis death, acting on behalf of the hospital trust.  Experts across multiple disciplines were called over two hearings and the conclusion is awaited.
  • Inquest touching the death of Estyna Blunnie (2016)
    Cecily represented Essex Police at a 3 week jury inquest into the tragic death of a woman murdered by her former partner.
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