Assessing compulsory purchase compensation for land and property can often be complex and requires expert advice from an early stage.
Ardent specialise in advising compensating authorities on all aspects of land compensation risk, negotiation, and settlement. We have advised promotors on some of the largest and most notable infrastructure and regeneration projects across the UK, helping to secure successful settlements on a range of high-value and complex cases.
Our industry leading expertise and experience is delivered by a growing team of compensation specialists who are dedicated to delivering solutions that support the best interests of our client. We will ensure all legal and valuation technicalities are addressed and understood ahead of key decision making.
Compensation for Acquiring Authorities Services
Our team specialise in assessing property values and other compensation claims against the complex backdrop of compulsory purchase legislation and case law, commonly known as the ‘Compensation Code’. Managing project risk and the implementation of effective acquisition strategies is a central part of our service, and we have a proven track record of acquiring land through the negotiation and settlement of compensation claims, both in advance of, and after the confirmation of compulsory purchase powers.
It is important to ensure that compensation ‘Property Cost Estimates’ (‘PCEs’) are as accurate and robust as possible from the outset. Our PCE’s include property value estimates, calculations of loss payments, and the assessment of compensation for severance & injurious affection (both where land is to be acquired and where it is not), disturbance and fees. All of our PCE’s include a risk report that clearly identifies areas of uncertainty and provides a graded assessment of potential budgetary risk.
Ardent has extensive experience of formulating and implementing robust and effective Acquisition and Relocation Strategies. Our expert team has an enviable track record of acquiring property interests in advance of compulsory acquisition. We understand that complex land assembly requires a flexible approach and can involve a range of acquisition methods, including purchase by agreement, conditional contracts, and options, as well as the use of compulsory purchase powers as a last resort.
Although we have an excellent record of resolving compensation settlements without referral to the Lands Chamber, our RICS qualified compensation specialists have extensive experience of preparing Lands Chamber evidence and acting as Expert Witnesses in compensation hearings. We also have wide experience of acting as Expert Witnesses at CPO Public Inquiry and Development Consent Order Examination hearings. We have a 100% success rate in securing compulsory purchase powers when representing acquiring authorities.
We understand that living through compulsory purchase is not easy. Our team of RICS qualified claimant specialists draw upon their considerable experience of dealing with Compulsory Purchase Orders, Development Consent Orders and Transport and Works Act Orders to help and guide affected parties, providing support and advice at all stages of the process.
Ardent’s unique integrated service and project promotion background means our team is not only experienced in dealing with the complexities of the entire compulsory purchase process, but we also understand the thought processes of promoters and authorities seeking to acquire your property.
Our services include:
- Formulation of compensation claims
- Assistance with promoter engagement
- Submitting and managing representations and objections
- CPO impact advice, including advice on blight
- Advice on how to minimise the impacts of compulsory acquisition
- Relocation Assistance
- Compensation claim negotiation
- Expert witness services at both Public Inquiry and the Upper Tribunal
- Securing fee undertakings for our cost