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HS2 - Claimants and Acquiring Authority Agree Settlement in Largest and Most Complicated Compensation Claim to be Brought Before the Tribunal

Alexander Booth QC
Rebecca Clutten
Daisy Noble

Following the compulsory purchase for HS2 of the four 1960s Seifert-designed office buildings adjacent to the entrance to Euston Station (now largely demolished), the reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to determine the compensation (which was due to be heard in the Tribunal for six weeks in June with some 15 experts on each side) has been the subject of a settlement between the Claimants (Euston Estates Ltd and Balfe Ltd ) and the Acquiring Authority (Secretary of State for Transport) as a result of which the reference has been withdrawn.

The reference had been described as the largest and most complicated compensation claim to be brought before the Tribunal. The preparation for the hearing over the last year by means of remote communication only between experts and lawyers provided unusual challenges. The terms of the settlement are confidential and so no details can be disclosed.

The Claimants were advised by Guy Roots QC, Alexander Booth QC, Rebecca Clutten and Daisy Noble instructed by RIAA Barker Gillette.