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  • Overview

    What is a compulsory purchase order

    A compulsory purchase order (CPO) can be made by a public body when they wish to obtain property or land without consent from the owner. The bodies are expected to have exhausted all other options to obtain consent, before requesting the authority of a CPO from a government department. They must also demonstrate that this is not for private gain but for the greater public good, for example building new roads or railway projects.

    When to hire a compulsory purchase lawyer?

    Do you sometimes feel that this whole sector has become a minefield? Administrative delays, legal complexity, special interest groups and conflicting government policies can combine to create a dangerous and costly obstacle course.

    But there are smarter ways of dealing with it. We don't pretend it's easy but with our cross-departmental expertise, our links with other professionals, our many years’ experience and plenty of streetwise know-how we think that we can help you negotiate a path through the challenges with less pain and greater confidence. We focus clearly on the results that you want to achieve and we will always be clear and candid on what's the most realistic way to get there.  Above all, we'll be pragmatic on your behalf - we like to see our clients' projects come to fruition.

    Compulsory purchase order legal guidance
    Our team regularly assists clients on tricky Town and Country planning aspects of development projects and residential / commercial property purchases and sales. We also represent clients on planning / enforcement notice appeal work, both before the Planning Inspectorate and on High Court judicial reviews and statutory reviews. 

    Of increasing importance, we have wide-ranging environmental expertise. We assist clients who are the subject of local authority or Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions for environmental offences. These can arise from issues as diverse as contaminated land, waste management, water pollution or packaging and recycling obligations. As with other regulatory work, we adopt a thorough, tactically considered and proactive approach at the investigatory stage, cooperating fully with the investigating body so as to give our clients the best possible prospects if faced with any subsequent prosecution. We have a particular strength in representing clients who have been invited to attend interviews under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. We understand the stress that this can entail and take care to provide moral as well as legal support in these cases.

    Compulsory purchase order compensation

    To round things off we have a very good record of success in acting for clients on compulsory purchase order (CPO) compensation claims. We were involved on an important case arising out of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project and have represented clients affected by a number of highways schemes in the south east. We are well placed in terms of experience, local know-how and geography to represent landowners and businesses likely to be affected by London Paramount and Ebbsfleet Garden City.  A team approach to such cases is necessary, usually involving specialist compulsory purchase valuation surveyors and counsel. We know and work with the best specialists. 

    In short, we have the whole package.  For further information please contact one of the team below.

  • Latest Updates

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    Following the much awaited UK referendum outcome, we have been thinking about what a Leave vote could mean and, set out below, are articles with our first thoughts.

    Brexit - Environmental Law implications

    The UK’s current environmental laws are heavily influenced by EU law. Essentially they fall into two categories – those that have come into place as a result of directives (which then have to be implemented by UK legislation before they come into effect in the UK) and those which are contained in EU regulations (which have direct applicability and do not require UK legislation before they take effect). Examples of regulations are those applying to chemicals and fertilisers. Examples of directives are those applying to packaging waste and landfill.

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    There has been a positive reaction to the latest plans for London Paramount Park from locals hoping it will provide a much-needed boost to the economy.

    Paramount resort could leave firms kicked out

    Companies without strict freehold or lease agreements on land earmarked for the Paramount resort face being booted off their premises without compensation.

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