Our experience in compulsory purchase

  • Successfully securing a decision by the Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal) for in excess of 300 compensation claims that a nominal sum of £50 is the price for a tube of subsoil required to construct rail link tunnels under London. These decisions have now set an important precedent for the CPO world to follow in future major infrastructure projects.
  • Handling a number of significant land compensation claims valued at in excess of £1 million. The issues arising included claims for lost development and business profit, the interpretation of voluntary acquisition agreements outside the compulsory purchase code, the legal status of compensatable interests as well as the identity of claimants entitled to compensation.
  • Taken discreet legal issues as far as the Court of Appeal (Kent County Council v The Secretary of State for Transport) creating new law and reinforcing existing law relating to compulsory purchase. Other reported cases where we have acted for the Secretary of State for Transport are Christos v The Secretary of State for Transport, Prielipp and Kennerley v The Secretary of State for Transport and Toms v The Secretary of State for Transport.
  • Successfully handling time critical injunctive proceedings to gain entry to buildings close to a high speed rail link construction site in the City of London, to carry out works to strengthen and support neighbouring buildings.
  • Developing innovative solutions and case management systems with the Land Registry to secure registration of diverse titles for land and rights required for transport projects, and with the Lands Chamber to progress to a resolution large numbers of compensation claims where claimants were either untraceable or reluctant to participate.