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Specialist Compulsory Purchase, Land Acquisition and Compensation Service

While HS2 promises enormous economic benefits throughout the country, it will also have a significant impact on landowners and occupiers of affected land, with concerns regarding the threat of acquisition or blight of land and uncertainty over entitlement to compensation prevalent. It is crucial for parties affected by HS2 to engage with the realities of the scheme at an early stage and seek professional advice to protect their interests at the earliest opportunity.

Our dedicated compulsory purchase and compensation team specializes in all aspects of compulsory purchase and is experienced in advising on HS2 matters. We act for multiple landowners and occupiers affected by HS2 and engage closely with HS2 Limited throughout the process, with agreed fee structures in place, where possible, so that we can seek to limit our clients’ exposure in this respect. Our multidisciplinary team advises across the full range of HS2-related issues, including:

  • HS2 petitioning process
  • HS2 discretionary purchase and compensation schemes
  • Compulsory and voluntary land acquisition processes
  • Blight procedures
  • Compensation entitlement

Our land compensation team is vastly experienced in advising landowners and occupiers affected by compulsory purchase, including the HS2 scheme. We provide a complete service, from initial strategic advice regarding compensation entitlement at the outset, to handling compensation settlement negotiations, and through to comprehensive representation in legal proceedings in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

We have a proven track record in resolving compensation claims by using alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and before the tribunal where necessary. We also have unparalleled experience in advising on costs issues in compensation cases, including pursuing options to eliminate or reduce the risk of adverse costs liability where possible.

Our land compensation service includes:

  • Advice regarding HS2 discretionary purchase and compensation schemes
  • Comprehensive case management service
  • Compensation negotiation and settlement
  • Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) representation
  • Statements of case and witness evidence
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation
  • Specialist costs advice and costs assessment representation
  • National hotel – Acting in the petitioning process for HS2, including negotiation of appropriate assurances and undertakings from HS2 Limited.
  • Multiple landowners and occupiers, including commercial, residential and agricultural occupiers – Advising on entitlement to HS2 discretionary purchase and compensation schemes of HS2.
  • Several landowners – Advising on blight notice procedures and compensation entitlement, including dealing with the related transactional elements of disposing of the blighted property.
  • Acting on all aspects of negotiations with HS2 Limited for the relocation of residential, commercial and charitable landowners and occupiers, including advice on equivalent reinstatement, planning permissions, conditional sale and purchase agreements, and construction of alternative premises.

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