Compulsory purchase

Our services

Site assembly and vacant possession advice

Our experience covers infrastructure, estate renewal and mixed use schemes.

Strategic advice on the promotion of compulsory purchase orders

We advise on which powers to use, when to use them, and integration with the overall project programme.

Project management of the compulsory purchase process

Our approach includes proactive identification of risks and mitigation, and thoughtful solutions to ensure delivery.

Land assembly costs, including compulsory purchase compensation estimates

We can provide land assembly cost estimates for viability assessments throughout project feasibility and evolution.

Negotiation of land acquisitions and compulsory purchase compensation claims

These claims include disturbance, potential for business extinguishment and development potential as well as market value and statutory loss payments.

Blight procedures

We advise on reducing the risk of blight and negotiation of blight claims on behalf of acquiring authorities and developers.

Objector management and negotiated removal of objections

We assess and prioritise all objections submitted, carrying out negotiations with objectors to secure removal.

Project management of the possession process

We can plan an efficient and effective post CPO possession process, including inspections, securing property and use of Sheriff to obtain possession of disputed properties.

Expert evidence at inquiries and tribunals

Our experience includes giving evidence at Public Inquiries, Development Consent Order Examinations and Upper Chamber Tribunal (Lands) on the need and purpose of a CPO, attempts to acquire by agreement, valuation, and the basis of compensation and disturbance claims.

Advice to owners and occupiers affected by compulsory purchase orders (CPOs)

We offer advice from the early stages of objecting through to settlement of complex and high value claims.

Certificates of Appropriate Alternative Development

We can advise on when and how these are best used.