Cecily White

Call 2011


Cecily provides advice, drafting and representation in judicial review claims and has particular experience in the police and medical fields.

Public & Administrative

“Her written work is superb.”

Chambers & Partners

John Beggs KC and Cecily White acted for Nottinghamshire Police resisting the appeal and judicial review brought by an officer acquitted of rape against the findings of a police misconduct panel: Gray v Police Appeals Tribunal [2018] EWCA Civ 34

Experience & expertise

Cecily’s public law cases have involved allegations of human rights breaches under Articles 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 14 ECHR, the state’s investigative obligations in relation to inquests, and the regulatory regimes governing doctors and police officers.  She frequently advises on the prospects of challenging or defending decisions taken by appropriate authorities and police misconduct panels. Cecily has also advised Coroners and interested persons in connection with coronial rulings.

Cecily has been instructed in a number of cases brought against Government departments, including the Challenger II litigation concerning an incident of “friendly fire” during the Iraq War in 2003 (allegations of negligence and breach of Article 2 ECHR).  At the European Court of Human Rights, Cecily worked on cases against the United Kingdom in the immigration field under Rule 39 (urgent applications) and drafted decisions and reports on Convention compliance in areas such as police detention, terrorism legislation, employment regulations and healthcare.

Prior to joining Chambers, Cecily worked at the Public Law Project and human rights NGOs in Austin, TX and Freetown, SL.