Our team of infrastructure specialists are experienced in delivering a professional and dedicated service to infrastructure projects involving land and property.

As well as providing accessible and robust strategic advice, we take care of land referencing, document production, access to land for surveys, acquisition and land assembly, and we also offer expert witness services.


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For infrastructure and utility clients obtaining appropriate rights for access onto land to carry out works is fundamental and plays a vital part in the successful delivery of capital works programmes and projects. Our clients rely on our experience in negotiating easements and wayleaves for a range of purposes, and we have acted across many sectors including electricity and gas, water, transport and rail.

Carter Jonas’ infrastructure team is experienced with negotiating land entry for maintenance of existing assets as well as securing rights for new infrastructure, from underground pipes, cables to acquisition of land for above ground operational installations. 

Our project experience further extends to renewable energy and having acted on a number of high profile rail and other utility projects gives us unparalelled depth of expertise.

Carter Jonas can also advise on the appropriate use of statutory powers to carry out works on private land. Our services include:

  • Project scope and acquisitions strategy
  • Property cost estimates
  • Referencing of land affected
  • Advice on appropriate use of statutory powers/necessary wayleaves
  • Negotiating easement and wayleave rights
  • Service of notice and negotiation of claims
  • Production of easement plans and drawings
  • Records of condition for land and buildings.
Before the Government can authorise the taking of land for development (whether the purpose is for projects in transport, utilities, residential, commercial or infrastructure) it has to show that every effort has been made to identify parties whose land and rights might be affected.

The people who do this are called Land Referencers, and here at Carter Jonas our diversely skilled individuals work on some of the UKs largest and significant projects for a wide variety of public and private sector clients using knowledge in Compulsory Purchase Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, Development Consent Orders and Hybrid Bills. 

We use a proven methodology, and our practices and processes ensure diligent enquiries are undertaken. This process driven methodology means that all known parties who are potentially affected by the proposed development will be notified in accordance with the legislation guidelines under which the project is being delivered.

Service Provisions
  • Land access negotiation
  • Land Registry affected parties investigations
  • Affected party enquiries (Site surveys / Requests for Information)
  • Site boundary resolutions
  • GIS Portal hosting
  • Land Ownership plan production
  • Land Ownership Schedule / Book of Reference production
  • Affected parties listings
  • Postal Notice Serving (including proofs)
  • Site Notice Posting (including proofs)
  • Site Notice Maintenance and Removal (including proofs)
  • Land acquisition negotiation

From the outset of any project it is important to keep an updated and realistic estimate of the likely costs. In the case of applying for compulsory purchase powers this can be especially important in demonstrating the deliverability of the scheme at public inquiry. At Carter Jonas we have a team of specialist Chartered Surveyors who are experienced at providing informed and realistic estimates of the compulsory purchase compensation liability that is likely to fall upon the acquiring authority should powers be used. A few recent examples of projects where we have provided Property Cost Estimates include:

  • Clapham Junction Capacity Upgrade Works – Client: Network Rail
  • Felixstowe Branch Line TWAO – Client: Network Rail
  • Land South of Brentford High Street CPO – Client: London Borough of Hounslow
  • High Speed 2 Property Cost Estimate – Client: High Speed Two Limited.

Carter Jonas Infrastructures Team specialise in the telecommunications sector acting for Landlords throughout the country. Our dedicated telecoms consultancy team have a unique insight into the telecoms sector having previously worked for the operator’s whilst still maintaining extensive associations with all the Major Telecoms Companies.  We oversee and manage some of the UK’s largest telecoms portfolios.

Our Services include;

  • New Site Negotiations
  • lease renewals
  • rent review
  • portfolio management
  • site share & network consolidation
  • termination of Leases & relocation of equipment
  • new site identification
  • Wayleaves

Our varied client base ranges from individual farmers to many landed estates, utility companies, commercial property businesses, investment companies and many Local Authorities throughout the UK.

This is a fast-moving market, as evidenced by the enormously swift technological advances and the phenomenal rise in smartphone usage. 5G is on the horizon and is composed for considerable and rapid expansion.

Our knowledge, experience and understanding of the changing needs and demands of the operators is essential in securing the best possible deal for landlords and their mobile phone masts.

We work across a wide range of infrastructure projects including:

  • Heavy rail projects
  • Light rail, tram and guided bus projects
  • Motorways, trunk roads and strategic road projects
  • Airport development and expansion
  • Coastal and flood defences
  • Offshore/onshore wind farms
  • Conventional/nuclear power
  • Utility pipelines/connections
  • Renewable energy schemes

Our specialists can advise you on all aspects of land consents and acquisition that arise on major infrastructure projects – from inception right through to project delivery.


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Mark Hall-Digweed heads the Infrastructures department, where he has developed the team to deliver project management, land agency and property consultancy services to utility, public sector bodies and civil engineering organisations. The team is very successful and has grown to attract large clients such as Network Rail. Mark was also appointed in 2010 to lead Carter Jonas’s cross divisional Public Sector Group, where he is responsible for developing clients with complex multi-faceted requirements.

Marks primary skills include multiple site management, high level negotiation and dispute resolution, programme management and the implementation of new systems, estate management, as well as compulsory purchase and compensation work. He has high levels of experience in all of the above.

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Charles is a Partner, based in Yorkshire but who operates on a National basis across the country. He heads the Carter Jonas Energy and Marine Team which deals with a wide range of energy projects including wind, solar pv, hydro power, anaerobic digestion plants, biomass plants, peak power generators, clean coal, oil and gas, coal bed methane and energy storage projects.

The services provided in the energy sector include site referencing and transmission matters, site search and evaluation, feasibility studies, financial modelling, planning applications and site consents, landowner support and site promotion, due diligence, valuations, finance, site acquisitions and disposals, power brokerage, wayleave negotiations and feedstock procurement.

The Marine team manage a significant coastal portfolio around England through leases, licences, easements and consents. Activities within the area are varied and cover a wide range of issues such as port developments, marinas, moorings, jetties, cable and pipeline river crossings, outfalls and regulating and conservation leases and stakeholder liaison.

Outside of work, Charles is keen cricketer who also tries to maintain a handicap in golf and enjoys country pursuits.

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Will is an Associate and is based at our Snow Hill office in Birmingham.

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Andy deals with all aspects of measured survey including Building Information Modelling (BIM) and flood risk assessment. He has extensive experience of drones and satellite technology for land classification and planning operations.

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Mark is part of the infrastructures team and his principal role is advising on compulsory purchase, compensation and valuation. He acts for claimants, who’s residential, commercial, agricultural or development property is affected by compulsory purchase, and also for acquiring authorities promoting compulsory purchase orders, land assembly and the acquisition of rights over land.

Mark has advised on compulsory purchase and valuation since starting practicing as a surveyor in 2006 and has represented significant clients on schemes including the Northern Line Extension, Bexhill to Hastings Link Road, A21 Dualling and the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade. Other than compulsory purchase his professional background is in rural surveying and agricultural property valuation, and he is a RICS Registered Valuer and a Fellow and examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

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Simon has over 13 years of professional expertise advising both acquiring authorities and claimants from the public and private sectors across transport, infrastructure and regeneration schemes. Clients include Network Rail, Transport for London and Buckinghamshire County Council.

For those promoting powers, Simon has significant experience in all aspects including formulation, referencing production of CPO documents, objection management, and implementation of powers and negotiating claims. He is leading land and property teams on a number of significant projects across the country including East-West Rail Phase 2, AVTM Metrobus and Havering Housing Zone.

Simon has experience in valuation, claim negotiation and drafting scheme objections He has given evidence at CPO Inquiries and Hearings and has prepared expert evidence for the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). Simon is a member of both the Compulsory Purchase Association and the National Infrastructure Planning Association and an RICS Registered Valuer.

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Paul is a Partner, and Head of Compulsory Purchase based out of our Head Office at Chapel Place, London.
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Steven Drennan is based in our Chapel Place office in London and is a Partner in the Rural team.

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Ben’s role is providing land assembly services for infrastructure and regeneration projects, either through private treaty negotiations or if necessary through Compulsory Purchase Powers. He assists acquiring authorities promote and implement Compulsory Purchase Orders, including negotiating claims with affected parties whilst assisting authorities create and maintain realistic property cost estimates.

Ben qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in November 2013 following past roles as a Compulsory Purchase Surveyor as well as working in property management and as a commercial agent. He has therefore gained a wide breadth of experience, but his specific expertise is in compulsory purchase and compensation.

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