Sir Robert Francis QC

Honorary graduates 2016-17

Sir Robert Francis QC (LLD)

Monday 11 July 11:45am

Sir Robert Francis QC was educated at Uppingham School before studying law at the University of Exeter, graduating with an LLB in 1971. He was President of the Students’ Guild in 1971-2. He was called to the Bar in 1973 and practises in London at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, of which he is a former head. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992, is a governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, a Recorder and sits as a Deputy High Court judge. 

Sir Robert specialises in medical law and has been Chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and is a consultant Editor of the Medical Law Reports. He is a co-author of Medical Treatment Decisions and the Law (2001, 2009).

He has chaired several healthcare related inquiries, in particular the two independent inquiries into the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (2011 and 2013). He also led the Freedom to Speak Up Review (2015).

Sir Robert was knighted in 2014 for services to healthcare and patients. He is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission, President of the Patients Association, Patron of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.