Early professional advice is crucial where powers of compulsion may be exercised, especially in cases where land is to be acquired for development in the public interest.
Fisher German has a wealth of experience in representing the interest of all parties when there is likely to be compulsory purchase provisions used. Recompense may be attached to a variety of projects, including HS2, road schemes, utility schemes and other infrastructure developments. It is important that, where interests in land are affected by compulsory purchases, early professional advice is sought as it may be possible to influence the position and design of the proposed plans.
An experienced negotiator is vital as it is not only the acquisition process that needs professional handling; there may be many other implications including tax considerations and variation of the scope of works when discussing compensation for construction work and disturbance.
We have been actively involved in advising clients on a wide variety of projects including the following:
- Road schemes, such as A46 Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire road widening, M6 Toll and A14
- Rail schemes, such as the new High Speed Two (HS2) railway line between London, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds and West Coast mainline
- Flood mitigation works, such as the Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme
- Utility projects, including water and gas pipelines and electricity line schemes
On each project we have given clients advice at an early stage to ensure that their interests are fully delivered, based on how best to safeguard their rights and interests during the proposed scheme and secure the appropriate settlement both financially and in mitigation of the continued use of the land, once works have been completed.
We have a dedicated team of compulsory purchase compensation specialists who can offer professional advice if your property is affected by HS2. The team already represents a large number of property owners along the planned route.