Compulsory purchase

Projects of this nature often require the compulsory purchase of land and buildings, but it can be a complex process – landowners are protected by a statutory code, have the right to object, and can claim significant compensation.


Our team has a comprehensive knowledge of CPO rules and practice, and appreciate how Lands Tribunal claims process works. We therefore have the expertise to work through a compulsory purchase efficiently, overcoming obstacles and working within necessary timescales.


We have handled hundreds of land and subsoil acquisitions, including the construction of the Docklands Light Railway and the High Speed Rail Link in Kent. We are also currently involved with Crossrail.


Our lawyers are often at the cutting edge of compulsory purchase law – helping to create new laws as well as reinforcing existing ones. We are creative, pragmatic, and will work with you closely until your objectives are met.


Our clients include public and statutory authorities tasked with improving the nation’s infrastructure, plus developers seeking to facilitate regeneration projects.


We also act for landowners faced with the compulsory purchase of their land, and handle compensation claims that take into consideration loss of development opportunities and potential business profits.