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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building


Barrister specialising in planning and real estate matters. She has extensive experience of providing advice and representation in relation to planning appeals, compulsory purchase and compensation and related public law challenges.  She offers realistic and commercial advice to both public and private sector clients in order to provide solutions to legal problems concerning land.


Member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association, the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association, the Compulsory Purchase Association adn the National Infrastructure Planning Association.


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


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

Within: Leading Juniors -

Melissa Murphy

Francis Taylor Building

Thorough, committed and enthusiastic.

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).