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James Pereira QC

Year of call: 1996 (QC 2014)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Regulatory Crime, Ecclesiastical Law and Religious Liberty, Rating, Public Law, European Law

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James Pereira QC - Compulsory purchase and compensation

James has broad experience of compulsory purchase and compensation work, in particular in the context of urban regeneration and major infrastructure projects. He is on the panel of counsel handling compensation claims arising from Crossrail and the Olympics, and was responsible for handling the majority of the claims arising from the London tunnels section of HS1. He acts for both claimants and public authorities. He is currently leading the London Borough of Southwark's challenge to the controversial decision in the Aylesbury case, and advising Milwall F.C in relation to the proposed new Bermondsey CPO.

James is an editor of the 2-volume loose leaf encyclopaedia 'Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service' (Bloomsbury Publishing), and a co-author of 'The Law of Compulsory Purchase' (2ed 2011). He is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and delivered its annual Law Reform Lecture in 2016. He spoke at its annual conference in 2011 and 2009.

Recent work


  • Trustees of Borough Market v TfL (2015) - disturbance compensation arising from Thameslink  (2015)
  • Manchester University (2015) -  advising the University on disturbance based objections arising from the proposed Northern Hub railway works.
  • Ferguson Estates v TfL (2015) - Crossrail, disturbance and land value compensation.
  • Balcombe v Veolia (2015) - disturbance compensation arising from laying of water pipes.
  • Robert Dias v TfL(2014) - disturbance compensation arising from Crossrail.
  • Clearun v GLA (2014) - front-runner Olympic compensation case establishing compensation on existing use rather than redevelopment basis for acquisitions in the Olympic park.
  • Bishopsgate Parking v Welsh Assembly [2012] UKUT 22 (LC) - £60+ million compensation claim.
  • Successfully acting for the LDA in the compensations claims in Acrofame [2012] UKUT 107, and Solartrack [2012] UKUT 158, securing costs in each case.
  • Over 200 subsoil claims before the Lands Tribunal which arose from the London Tunnels section of HS1 (2009/ 2010).
  • Kent County Council v Union Railways North Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 363, acted for the successful claimant in the leading case on omitted interests.
  • Kent County Council v Union Railways [2008] 23 EG 117, on the entitlement to compensation when no notice to treat is served.
  • Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 279, instructed to advise successful oil company on valuation of rights to extract oil through third party land under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966.
  • Solartrack v London Development Agency [2009] UKUT (LT) 242 -, acting for the LDA striking out a compensation claim on estoppel and other grounds.

Compulsory purchase

  • Solihull Touchwood Shopping Centre (2015) - acting for promoter.
  • Watford Health Campus redevelopment (2015) - acting for promoter.
  • Former Gasworks site, Southall (2015) - objections to CPO on behalf of LB Hillingdon and the Canal and River Trust.
  • Croydon Town Centre regeneration (2015) - objections to CPO.
  • Eastbourne Arndale Centre (2015) - objections to CPO.
  • Watford Intu Shopping centre redevelopment (2014) - acting for promoter .
  • Four housing regeneration CPOs for LB Hackney (2014).
  • Burbo Bank Off-shire Windfarm (2014) - CPO for the cable element of the project.
  • Willington C Gas Pipeline (2014) - CPO for the gas supply pipeline to link to the Willington C power station.
  • Whitemoss Landfill site (2014) - development consent order, including compulsory purchase powers, for new hazardous waste landfill site.
  • Avon Cosmetics (2012) - resisting compulsory acquisition of land around Avon's European Headquarters.
  • Successfully promoting CPO's for the London Olympics (2006), SEEDA (2008), Gosport Council (2010) and Tameside Council (2011)