Invest, Finance, Value

Compulsory Purchase

Strategic, tactical advice putting you in control of compulsory purchase.


Gain expert advice whether you are seeking to acquire property interests using compulsory purchase or seeking on advice reacting to a Compulsory Purchase Order. One of the most challenging areas of property law and practice, compulsory purchase comes with big risks and significant technical challenges on both sides of the process. We have one of the largest and most respected teams in the market, with deep technical knowledge and the unique insight that comes from being part of one of the world’s biggest property companies.

Who needs our help?

  • Developers
  • Local authorities
  • Affected parties/claimants
  • Solicitors
  • Barristers

Our clients turn to us for our strategic approach, our knowledge and our success in securing great outcomes on both sides of the table.

Make a Compulsory Purchase Order with confidence

Acquiring land and rights successfully when acting on behalf of local authority, central Government, a developer in a joint venture or a legal authority acting for a developer.

If you’re exercising powers to acquire land, we’ll work hard to accelerate your project, increase the probability of success and mitigate the risks of delay.

We offer a comprehensive range of compulsory purchase services, from strategic advice on planning an order through to specialist valuations. We’re able to help with statutory valuations, ransom strip negotiations, marriage value, restrictive covenants, easements and wayleaves.

Protect your interest, when your land is being acquired

When you’ve been served a Compulsory Purchase Order, you’ll need advice on its potential impact, how to respond and a team to protect your interest and recover the compensation to which you are entitled. If you need an expert witness at a Public Inquiry or Upper Tribunal, we can help you every step of the way.

Whether you want to protect your land from being acquired, serve a blight notice or ensure you get the right compensation for your interest, we have the experience to handle your claim from start to finish.

We represent clients with vast portfolios and manage many properties. Our scale means we understand the challenges, the processes and how to get the best possible results for you.

We’re experienced in every type of compensation claim.

High Speed 2 Euston Station to the M25

We have been negotiating the acquisition of property around Euston Station and the Old Oak common interchange for this high-profile national infrastructure project since 2009. We also provide property cost estimates along the whole network, and have been involved in introducing voluntary property support and compensation schemes and assisting the passing of the Hybrid Bill through Parliament.

Thames Tideway Tunnel 26km along the River Thames

We provided strategic compulsory purchase and land assembly advice to support the delivery of this major new sewage system developed to protect the River Thames from increasing pollution for the next 100 years. We worked with Thames Water through the Development Consent Order process to buy the land and properties needed for the development which is due to complete in 2023.

Croydon Partnership (Unibail – Rodamco – Westfield and Hammerson) Croydon Town Centre

We have worked for the Partnership with the London Borough of Croydon to assemble land for the £1.4billion repurposing of an outdated shopping centre. This will provide new leisure, workplace, and retail space and almost 1,000 new homes, which is part of a wider regeneration agender for the town. Our advice on compulsory purchase and compensation has enabled the Partnership to assemble a site with multiple owners, that otherwise would not be capable of the redevelopment.

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