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PBA Seminar - Compulsory Purchase

PBA Seminar on Compulsory Purchase

Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Venue:  Sherrard Room, Ashley Building, Middle Temple
Registration from 5.30pm
Seminar from 6pm
Reception from 7.30pm

Topics will include:

  • Methods of Land Valuation - how to approach valuation of compensation for compulsory purchase and the different methodologies used.
  • The “no scheme rule” – what does it mean and how is it used? This presentation will give an overview of how the no scheme rule operates in the assessment of compensation and assumptions about the planning status of land, including discussion of recent legislative changes.
  • Section 203 and 204 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (overriding easements etc) – how do they work? This presentation will give an overview of how section 203 operates and its use in practice, and will include consideration of the statutory compensation regime.


Michael Barnes QC, Wilberforce, and James Pereira QC and Meyric Lewis, Francis Taylor Building.

Michael Barnes QC practises mainly in in property law and admninstrative law; over recent years he has been in cases in the House of Lords and Privy Council, including on compulsory acquisition.  He is the autor of "The Law of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation" (2014).

James Pereira QC is practices at FTB in planning and environmental law, local government, compulsory purchase and compensation.  He regularly acts for promoters CPOs for large scale regeneration projects and makes regular appearances in the Lands Tribunal.  He is a co-author of “The law of Compulsory Purchase” (Tottel, 3 ed, 2018, forthcoming) and an editor of Tottel’s loose leaf Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service.

Meyric Lewis, former Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association, is a barrister at Francis Taylor Building practising in planning and environmental law.  He is Assistant Editor of the Sweet and Maxwell's Compulsory Purchase Encyclopedia.

Compulsory purchase cases include: Batchelor v Kent CC – ransom value not excluded by Pointe Gourde; Stayley – planning assumptions in the no-scheme world; Kingway Business Park “Rochdale” CPO; Manchester Metrolink tramways; Olympics CPO section 18 appeals; petioning on Crossrail; objecting to the Thames Tideway Tunnel DCO and numerous petitions on HS2 in which he was commended by the committee on his Summary of Arguments for petitioners as “a model to be followed by others”.

Activities on behalf of the CPA included drafting the consultation responses on HS2 and a proposed pre-reference protocol for compulsory purchase compensation claims and chairing the CPA sub-committee on CPO law reform.

There is no charge for this event, but please register below if you would like to attend.

We will make this seminar available to PLA members.


  • Registration open: 05:30 PM
  • Seminar: 06:00 PM
  • Networking drinks: 07:30 PM


20 June 2018


Sherrard Room, Ashley Building, Middle Temple

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