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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building

Work Department

  1. Planning
  2. Environment
  3. Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
  4. Local Government
  5. Administrative


Melissa specialises in compulsory purchase and compensation; planning; and associated property, contract and administrative law matters. She is rated as a leading junior, in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. She has climbed the rankings in the annual Planning Magazine survey’ and is one of the ”top rated juniors” in the 2021 edition. 


  • Planning and Environment Bar Association (former committee member)
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • National Infrastructure Planning Association


St Thomas More RC School, Buxton; University of Newcastle (BA Hons); Middle Temple scholar.


Football, debate and advocacy trainer for the International Debate Education Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Melissa MurphyFrancis Taylor BuildingParticularly impressive and starting to get the recognition she deserves.

Francis Taylor Building has ‘extraordinary strength-in-depth with a wealth of talented barristers’ and are ‘the top planning and compulsory purchase set in London.’ The set is known for its infrastructure expertise and is involved in various transport and energy projects. Hereward Phillpot QC leads Hugh Flanagan and Daisy Noble to promote the nationally significant infrastructure project, the proposed 3.2GW Sizewell C nuclear power station on behalf of EDF. The set has also been involved in high-profile planning inquiries and have expertise in the heritage sector; Douglas Edwards QC  and Charles Streeten represented Westminster County Council in the inquiry concerning proposals to construct a Holocaust memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens. Melissa Murphy acted for The National Trust at the Court of Appeal on a case relating to the proposed redevelopment of Bramshill House, a Grade I Jacobean mansion and Grade I registered parkland. In October 2021 Kate Olley joined from Landmark Chambers.