Sir Robert Francis QC
Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry , Chair
Sir Robert Francis QC 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. He is a governing Bencher of the Inner Temple. He is a Recorder and sits as a Deputy High Court judge.
He specialises in medical law, including professional regulation and clinical negligence. He has chaired several healthcare related inquiries, in particular the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2013). He also led the Freedom to Speak Up Review (2015).
He has been Chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and is a consultant Editor of the Medical Law Reports. He is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission, President of the Patients Association, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Pathologists.