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.
Francis Taylor Building is widely regarded as the go-to set for compulsory purchase compensation and land valuation. Both the Encyclopaedia of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation and the leading textbook The Law of Compulsory Purchase are edited by members of Chambers.
Members of chambers are instructed to advise and appear for acquiring authorities, land owners and statutory undertakers in all aspects of compulsory purchase, compensation and land valuation.
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 South Teeside Steel Works, HS2, Crossrail, the London Olympic Games 2012, Thameslink 2000, Wembley Stadium Link, Greenwich Peninsula, the Midland Metro system in Birmingham, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
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, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company Limited v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 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.
There may also be challenges relating to the exercise by local authorities of powers to acquire land by agreement and to appropriate it for planning purposes – e.g. R (Manydown) v Basingstoke & Deane BC.
Claims for compensation following compulsory purchase are normally adjudicated by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) 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; Timec 1209 LLP v. Salford City Council; Leech Homes v. Northumberland CC.
Non tribunal cases in which members have been involved include CAAD challenges such as Harringay Meat Traders v SSCLG & GLA,Rooff Ltd v London Development Agency and Curzon Park Ltd. & Others v. Secretary of State for Transport.
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.
"Offers considerable expertise in relation to compulsory purchase orders and compensation",Chambers and Partners, 2023
"FTB are the top Planning and Compulsory Purchase set in London. From Senior Silks to Juniors they have tremendous strength in depth, so it is surprising that their top Juniors are not Silks already".Legal 500, 2022
"The clerks at Francis Taylor Building are absolutely superb and very quick to get back to you." "The team is very agile and very commercial in terms of their approach and you can discuss things based on client needs." "Paul Coveney, senior clerk, is streets ahead of other clerks; he understands the work and is strategic in his thinking. The clerking is excellent."Chambers and Partners, 2022
"First class service. Attentive and flexible."Legal 500, 2022
"Viewed as an ‘academically strong and thorough' set, Francis Taylor Building is noted for being ‘very strong on CPO, infrastructure, and compensation cases’".Legal 500, 2020