Compulsory purchase of land and property and the associated compensation is complex and frequently contentious. The valuation and successful resolution of claims requires both technical expertise and commercial acumen.
Our teams provide a nationwide service for both acquiring authorities and claimants needing specialist compensation advice and support across the life of a compulsory purchase scheme. This page outlines our services offered to claimants; if you are an acquiring authority, please visit our Land Assembly & CPO page.
For those affected by compulsory purchase, the process is typically drawn out, uncertain and frequently life changing. The claimant is not helpless however, and proactive measures can be taken to protect your position.
Acquiring authorities will always be supported by teams of specialist professionals, and claimants need to be equally well-advised. The best results are achieved when claimants are supported by capable and experienced professionals, with a comprehensive understanding of the legal technicalities, and clear-headed decision making.
Carter Jonas provides advice and guidance to claimants with the primary aim of protecting their interests during the compulsory purchase consenting process and getting full and true value from the compensation system. We offer both technical expertise on the complex laws and procedures and the pragmatic decision making which comes from experience.
At an initial meeting, we can explain our role in assisting claimants in both the compulsory purchase authorisation process (see below), and assessment and negotiation of compensation.
We work for all types of affected claimants, including blue chip corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations, developers, housing associations and individual home and landowners. Our clients include Travelodge, CEMEX, Marstons Pubs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice, Borough Councils, the National Trust, Optivo Housing Association, Raiffeisen Bank, Elix IRR.
About the compulsory purchase authorisation process
Compulsory purchase powers are not automatically available to the government or private organisations using government powers. They need to apply for powers through a rigorous authorisation process. In all cases, the applicant will need to demonstrate ‘a compelling case in the public interest.’
There are four distinct compulsory purchase consenting procedures depending on the type of scheme underlying the compulsory purchase: