Francesca Whebell > Chambers of Deni Mathews > Plymouth, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Deni Mathews
KBG Chambers

Work Department

Barrister in Criminal Law


Francesca joined KBG Chambers in September 2015 following successful completion of pupillage under the guidance of her pupil supervisor, Deni Mathews. Francesca accepts instructions in all areas of Criminal Law and has developed a busy and successful Criminal practice. Francesca has experience prosecuting and defending the full spectrum of offences and is particularly good with clients who are vulnerable or who have mental health difficulties. She also undertakes Civil work.

General Crime

Francesca is a Grade 2 Prosecutor and has developed a busy practice regularly appearing in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts across Devon and Cornwall. Francesca covers all types of offences including offences of violence, dishonesty offences, all aspects of drugs offences including POCA, sexual offences and road traffic matters. In the Crown Court she covers all hearings including trials, Plea and Trial Preparation Hearings (PTPH) and appeals for both the Prosecution and Defence. Francesca has a calm and reassuring approach allowing her to build a good rapport with clients and is particularly good with those with mental health difficulties due to her experience in mental health tribunals. Francesca is happy to travel.

Regulatory Crime

Francesca is regularly instructed by the Local Authority in regards to applications for Criminal Behaviour Orders and Closure Orders. She is involved in the case from the outset providing written advice on prospects of any application or having a face to face conference as well as setting out the further evidence required before appearing on behalf of the Local Authority. Francesca is particularly familiar with legal arguments into Criminal Behaviour Orders in regards to those who have mental health problems.