A compulsory purchase order (CPO) is a legal function that permits the officially enforced purchase of privately owned land or property for public use.
The compulsory acquisition process is a complex and technical area, requiring specialist knowledge of the legal and procedural requirements arising from the promotion or opposition of a Compulsory Purchase Order or Development Consent Order (DCO).
Our compulsory purchase solicitors provide expert and cost effective legal advice to promoters and objectors on all aspects of the CPO and DCO process.
We have advised on compulsory acquisitions under the Highways Act 1980, the Pipelines Act 1962, the Transport and Works Act 1992 and the Crossrail Act 2008. We have also acted for a number of landowners petitioning against the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017.
We have experience of advising promoters including:
We also have experience of advising objectors and affected land owners:
We have advised both acquiring authorities and claimants in compensation claims including, where necessary, making a reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). Our experience includes acting for acquiring authorities and claimants following large infrastructure projects such as the London Olympics and Crossrail. We are also currently engaged by a number of landowners affected by the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017 to provide strategic advice in relation to their position.
Our team of experienced compulsory purchase solicitors can guide you through the technical and complex regime affecting compulsory purchase and compensation.
We have provided legal advice in respect of over 35 separate CPOs and our clients include:
Whether you are a promotor, objector or compensation claimant, we will work with you to ensure that you understand the law and procedure, recommend pragmatic solutions and give sensible cost effective advice.
We recognise that CPO and DCO schemes require a multi-disciplinary approach and our compulsory acquisition team includes lawyers from our Planning Law, Construction, Public Sector and Procurement and Commercial Property teams.
Our experience in advising both promotors and objectors to CPOs and in claims for compensation means that we understand the concerns and requirements of all parties involved and focus on providing clear and pragmatic legal advice to guide you through this complex area of law.