Carter Jonas has recruited Paul Astbury as a Partner and new head of compulsory purchase, working within its infrastructure team. Astbury, who will be based out of Carter Jonas’ HQ in London, will work closely with the planning and development teams across the country, providing a market-leading compulsory purchase service to local authorities and developers on UK-wide regeneration schemes.
Astbury joins from GL Hearn, where he worked for ten years. As head of compulsory purchase, he advised developers and promoters on the securing of compulsory purchase powers, and acquiring land in advance of powers to reduce risk and shorten the overall development programme. Previously, Astbury spent 16 years at Transport for London, leading its Crossrail property team. As part of his role, he helped formulate the property and compensation policy relating to the Crossrail Bill, working closely with the Department for Transport.
Throughout his career, Astbury has been involved with some of the largest regeneration projects in Western Europe. These include, Brent Cross Cricklewood, advising Hammerson and London Borough of Barnet, and Channel Tunnel Rail Link, advising Union Railways on the Channel Tunnel rail link between Channel Tunnel in Kent and the new passenger terminus at St Pancras International station.
Mark Hall-Digweed, head of infrastructure, Carter Jonas said:
“Paul is a leading industry figure and brings over 25 years of specialist CPO expertise to the company. His appointment will significantly strengthen our national advisory offer and help to ensure that the team provides a truly cross-divisional service, advising clients from both the public and private sector.
“As we continue to expand and grow market share, it is essential to maintain our deserved reputation for professional expertise and reliability. With Paul’s extensive experience and industry knowledge, I am confident that we are well positioned to do both.”