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Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building


Saira’s practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental law, local government, highways, compulsory purchase, infrastructure, transport and works orders and parliamentary. She regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court, public inquiries and the Crown and Magistrates Courts in a wide range of proceedings.


Called 2000, QC 2014, Inner Temple; Advocate of High Court of Pakistan.


Urdu, basic French.


ALBA; PEBA; Lahore High Court Bar Association; Lahore Bar Association.


St Swithun’s, Winchester; Kinnaird College, Lahore (BA); University Law College, Punjab University, Lahore (LLB); University College, London (LLM Corporate and Commercial Law); Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon (LLM Environmental Law and Policy).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

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Saira Kabir Sheikh QC

Francis Taylor Building

An extremely strong individual, she thinks practically and strategically.

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).