Mr Michael Fry > Francis Taylor Building > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building
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Work Department

Planning, infrastructure planning, compulsory purchase and compensation, envrionmental law.


Michael specialises in planning and public law. His practice encompasses environmental, regulatory, local government, European and administrative law. Michael practiced as an employed barrister at a prestigious international law firm for 5 years, and has also spent a 9 month secondment in house, so has experienced the pressures and level of service required by professional and lay clients. In 2017, Michael was a finalist for Young Employed Barrister of the Year.

Michael has a broad practice, and examples of his recent work include:

  • Advising High Speed 2 on blight, compulsory purchase and planning matters;
  • Planning inquiries and hearings for significant housing schemes;
  • Sole counsel in judicial review hearings;
  • Successfully securing Disability Living Allowance for a deaf child following an appeal to the Upper Tribunal; and
  • Advising the Government of Afghanistan on cultural heritage matters.
  • Major infrastructure development, particularly the promotion of schemes, has been a cornerstone of Michael’s practice, and he has acted in a number of DCOs. Michael has also acted for the Government in relation to the draft Airports National Policy Statement, and has advised High Speed 2, including on secondment.

Michael is able to receive direct access instructions, and also is authorised to conduct litigation – which means that he is able to act without a solicitor in many circumstances.


  • PEBA (Planning and Environmental Law Bar Association)
  • NIPA (National Infrastructure Planning Association)
  • SAL (Society of Asian Lawyers)


Michael holds a MA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from Christ’s College, Cambridge. He was graded Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course, and received a Commendation for his Graduate Diploma in Law. He is a Major Scholar and Exhibitioner of the Inner Temple and received a BPTC Outstanding Award.

Michael completed the commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and holds a City and Guild Graduateship in Leadership and Management.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

Within: Leading Juniors -

Michael Fry

Francis Taylor Building

An exceptionally bright mind with innovative outlooks – a renaissance barrister.

With both strength and depth‘, Francis Taylor Building has ‘a comprehensive offer in the planning and infrastructure specialism’. The set includes numerous members of national and devolved government panels, and many instructions concern local plans. In infrastructure, Michael Humphries QC advises Horizon Nuclear Power on the planned construction of two new advanced boiling reactors reactors next to the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power plant at Wylfa, and Morag Ellis QC represented the Welsh Government in the inquiry concerning the proposed diversion of the M4 around Newport. Saira Kabir Sheikh QC represented Westminster City Council in its High Court case concerning New World Payphones’ proposal to install advertising hoardings with telephone facilities under the General Permitted Development Order for telephone boxes. Elsewhere, Melissa Murphy represented the London Borough of Southwark in a planning inquiry concerning a proposal to acquire the notorious Aylesbury Estate by compulsory purchase. Also of note, Michael Fry returned to to the independent Bar from DLA Piper, where he was a senior associate (including secondments to HS2 Ltd).