Compulsory Purchase meaning
What is Compulsory Purchase?

What is a Compulsory Purchase Order?

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is a legal function that allows certain bodies which need to obtain land or property to do so without the consent of the owner.  Major national projects such as HS2, Crossrail 2, East West Rail Link, as well as urban regeneration projects rely on being able to use these powers to upgrade the UK’s infrastructure and cities.


How can we help you with compulsory purchase compensation?

We are leading practitioners in this area of compensation.  We have advised on over 50 claims following the use of CPO powers, particularly for business premises, including relocation and extinguishment cases.


We have acted for acquiring bodies, affected businesses and developers in many cases. We have been instructed on many claims arising from major infrastructure projects such as the London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail and Thameslink, as well as numerous town centre and regeneration schemes around the country. While most of our cases settled following negotiations, our skills in this field are described in two leading reported cases decided by the Lands Tribunal (see below).


The team has considerable experience of compensation claims involving:

  • Valuation of the business on total and partial extinguishment
  • Injurious affection – loss on retained property
  • Lost profits through business interruption
  • Lost profits through business relocation or extinguishment
  • Relocation costs
  • Businesses unable to develop as originally planned
  • Wasted management time incurred
  • Additional labour costs, overtime and redundancy costs
  • Disruption through blight
  • Additional operating costs incurred
  • Move and build costs incurred
  • Risks of delays in relocating

The majority of CPO claims for business assets arise because:

  • Owners have reached an eligible age
  • The business cannot be relocate so the business needs to be extinguished or
  • the business can relocate but there are costs arising from the CPO.

In either case the owners are generally entitled to claim compensation for their losses.  We can help quantify these compensation claims, either for the owners or the acquiring authority.


Why you will need our help

Major infrastructure projects
Major infrastructure projects usually requires compulsory purchase of land and businesses

The process of relocating a business in inherently complex, stressful and fraught with risk. There is often a disparity between what the claimant and the acquiring authority consider as suitable alternative premises. We can help quantify these compensation claims, either for the owners or the acquiring authority.


A business may start to see the impact of an impending CPO many months before the vesting date.


We work with our clients to identify and quantify:

  • The value of the business
  • Losses arising from disruption or disturbance
  • dual running costs,
  • business interruption
  • additional costs of operating at the new site
  • loss on partial extinguishment
  • Management time
  • Professional fees dealing with the CPO.

All our professional costs and fees are usually paid by the Acquiring Authority and do not come out of your compensation received.


Want to hear more about our experience and services in the field of Compulsory Purchase Orders and Compensation?

Click here to see details of our reported compulsory purchase cases.


Click here to see recent Compulsory Purchase Order testimonials.


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