Cornerstone Barristers

Michael Bedford QC

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Practice Areas

Planning, environmental and infrastructure work.

Michael has an extensive practice covering all aspects of the development process (including compulsory purchase) with a particular emphasis on larger scale projects. He is currently promoting several local plans, including proposals in the East of England. He is also promoting major infrastructure projects under the DCO regime in Great Yarmouth and under the TCPA regime in Norwich, as well acting for other participants in DCOs concerning Sizewell B and the Lower Thames Crossing. He is also acting on a range of housing and mixed-use developments in London and across the South East and the East of England.

Michael acts for developers and landowners, local planning authorities, and local highway authorities. Michael is familiar with presenting cases at inquiries and hearings, local plan examinations, and DCO examinations. His Court work includes leading cases on the Duty to Co-operate (Zurich and Barker Mill), Appropriate Assessment (Abbotskerswell and Devon Wildlife Trust), DPDs/SPDs (Skipton Properties), and the meaning of deliverable sites (East Bergholt).

Michael practices in Wales as well as England. He also deals with Definitive Map and other rights of way matters and sits as a Village Greens Inspector.


LLB (Hons) from King’s College, London. He was called in 1985 and took silk in 2016.

Professional Memberships



Contributor to ‘Cornerstone on the Planning Court’ (2015) and to ‘Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law' (2012).