Cecily White

Call 2011


Cecily is a leading regulatory junior with particular expertise in police misconduct.  She regularly appears before misconduct panels and in related appeals, judicial reviews, and disputes over the application of the police misconduct regime.  In 2023 Cecily was nominated by The Legal 500 as professional disciplinary and regulatory junior of the year.

“She is a compassionate advocate with high emotional intelligence, which is appreciated by clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

“She’s making a mark in this area and presents very well in court.”
Chambers & Partners 2023

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Cecily has successfully presented gross misconduct and “fast track” cases against senior counsel including silks.  She is adept at drafting charges, responding to procedural challenges, and navigating the police conduct and performance regimes.  Recent cases have involved allegations of sexual assault and harassment; inappropriate relationships with colleagues, witnesses and victims of crime; dishonesty and corruption.

Cecily frequently advises on the handling of complaints, recordable conduct matters and referrals to the Independent Office for Police Conduct; and the relationship between criminal, misconduct, civil and employment proceedings.  She has advised on and acted in numerous appeals before the Police Appeals Tribunal and judicial reviews arising out of decisions taken by appropriate authorities and misconduct panels.

Cecily has appeared before a variety of professional tribunals including the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. Led by David Morris, she successfully defended a doctor charged with multiple, serious failings regarding his prescription of benzodiazepines.


“Cecily has a methodical approach and articulates requirements in an easy to follow manner. She demonstrates agile thinking across a range of difficult challenges.”
Chambers & Partners 2024

“Cecily is friendly and proactive in providing a supportive environment in which to talk through issues.”
Chambers & Partners 2024