Francis FitzGibbon QC is a highly regarded specialist criminal silk, with extensive experience in homicide, fraud, drugs cases and other serious crime, and appeals. He has consistently featured as a leader in criminal law in Chambers & Partners Directory.
Francis is a contributing author of A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime (Sweet & Maxwell 2011). He sits as an Immigration Judge, which has enriched his understanding of human rights law.
Francis hosts a legal blog, 'Nothing Like the Sun': ffgqc.wordpresss.com and he can also be found on Twitter: @ffgqc and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books on legal issues.
Francis is licensed to take cases by Direct Access and is an accredited mediator.
For further details of some of the recent or interesting cases in which he has appeared, please see areas of expertise below.
Francis regularly receives instructions in complex criminal appeals in the Court of Appeal (including advice work on applications to the CCRC), often when the lay or professional client needs a second opinion after receiving negative advice (or no advice) from trial representatives.
Francis has appeared in many homicide trials, including gang related murder, and cases with complex technical or medical evidence, including
Francis has represented members of the armed forces in Court Martial proceedings, including cases of some sensitivity where German civilians were involved.
Francis FitzGibbon QC has more than a decade’s experience as an Immigration Judge and has an in-depth knowledge of the law and procedure in immigration, asylum and deportation cases. Francis has a particular interest in business immigration and is well placed to advise corporate and individual clients on the whole range of issues arising within this area, including challenges to the Points Based System. He is authorised to accept such cases under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.
Magdalen College, Oxford
Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Criminal Appeals
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
European Criminal Bar Association
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