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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building


Michael Humphries specialises in all aspects of property development law, but is particularly well known for his infrastructure planning and compulsory purchase work, where he has acted in relation to some of the largest and most important projects in recent years. Michael is currently acting for the promoters of a large number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and his experience encompasses the energy, transport, water, wastewater, ports and airports sectors. Michael is the Treasurer of the National Infrastructure Planning Association and the General Editor of Bloomsbury’s National Infrastructure Planning Service. Michael is also a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University giving occasional lectures on national infrastructure planning. Michael is also a leading practitioner in compulsory purchase and compensation law and was a founder of the Compulsory Purchase Association, for which he has been recognised as an honorary member. Michael is the Senior Editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service’. In 2013 Michael was Chambers and Partners Environmental and Planning Silk of the Year.


Called 1982; QC 2003; Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple 2009.


National Infrastructure Planning Association – treasurer; Joint Planning Law Conference committee – member; Planning and Environment Bar Association – member; Compulsory Purchase Association – honorary member; Anglo-American Real Property Institute – past chair.


Chiltern Edge School; University of Leicester (LLB); Inns of Court School of Law.


Classical music; time with family in France – married with three children.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

Within: Leading Silks -

Michael Humphries QC

Francis Taylor Building

An absoltue leader in his field and a prized asset of the set,

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).