Francis Taylor Building is widely regarded as the go-to set for compulsory purchase compensation and land valuation. Members of chambers are instructed to advise and appear for acquiring authorities, land owners in all aspects of compulsory purchase, compensation and land valuation:
This group of subjects comprises compulsory purchase (the acquisition stage), compulsory purchase (assessment of compensation), other forms of compensation (where the use or development of land has been detrimentally affected but the land has not been acquired), rating (assessment of rateable values) and rating (collection), Council Tax. It also includes a range of subjects relevant to land such as electricity wayleaves, gas and oil pipelines and mining subsidence. Members of Chambers have considerable knowledge, expertise and experience in these subjects.
The compulsory purchase of land may be authorised by compulsory purchase order, development consent order (for nationally significant infrastructure projects), Transport & Works Act Orders or Parliament Bills. Members of Chambers have advised in relation to all these procedures and have appeared at public inquiries and in Parliamentary Committees for both acquiring authorities and objectors on a very wide range of projects.
Examples include the London Olympic Games 2012, Thameslink 2000, Wembley Stadium Link, Greenwich Peninsula, the Midland Metro system in Birmingham, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Crossrail,
Compulsory purchase may be challenged in the Courts, sometimes raising human rights issues. Examples of cases in which members of Chambers have been involved include R (Iceland Foods Ltd) v Newport City Council, R (Argos Ltd) v Birmingham City Council and Networks Rail Infrastructure Ltd, Sole v Secretary of State for Trade & Industry; Lisa Smith v Secretary of State for Trade & Industry.
Local authorities can exercise powers to acquire land by agreement include R (Manydown) v Basingstoke & Deane BC.
Claims for compensation following compulsory purchase are normally adjudicated by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (and its predecessor the Lands Tribunal) (unless the parties agree to arbitration or mediation). Examples of significant cases in which Members of FTB have been involved include Purfleet Farms Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport; Colneway Ltd v Environment Agency; Christos v Secretary of State for Transport; Optical Express (Southern) Ltd v Birmingham City Council; Railtrack plc v Guiness Ltd; RMC and ACE v London Borough of Greenwich; Urban Edge Group Ltd v London Underground Ltd; Abbey Investments Ltd v London Development Agency; Rooff Ltd v London Development Agency: Kent County Council v Union Railways, Thomas Newall Ltd v Lancaster City Council, Singh v LDA, Welford v TfL, Clemdell v Dorset CC
Non tribunal cases in which members have been involved include CAAD challenges such as Harringay Meat Traders v SSCLG & GLA and Rooff Ltd v London Development Agency
The editors of one of the leading textbooks on compulsory purchase and compensation are Members of FTB: ‘Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service’ (looseleaf) and ‘the Law of Compulsory Purchase’ (bound version) both published by Bloomsbury Professional.
There are numerous rights to compensation where the actions of public bodies impinge on the use or development of land, for example: for the effect of a public project even where no land has been taken, for revocation and modification of planning permissions, for restrictions imposed on mineral planning permissions, for works carried out for highways, for water supply, for land drainage or for pollution control, for flooding and the construction of flood defences. Examples of cases in which Members of FTB have been involved include Moto v. Secretary of State for Transport and Welford v EDF Energy Networks (LPN) Ltd.