Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)

Once a CPO has been served it is the start of a legal process and, to protect your client's position, you need to instruct a specialist lawyer. The CPO starts a legal process with a real risk that your client's property will be compulsorily acquired.

Richard Max and Co can help your clients present a written statement objecting to the CPO on planning and land use grounds. This will give your clients the status of a statutory objector.

Should your objection be rejected we have considerable experience in adopting a defensive legal strategy that will mitigate your loss. We know how to take advantage of the key moments in the valuation process and, as a consequence, leverage adequate compensation as quickly as possible.

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A rural land owner received a CPO for a swathe of land through the middle of its estate relating to a major national highways project. Since the project was deemed unstoppable, the real battle was about valuation.

Role of Richard Max

Developed a strategy designed to get the Acquiring Authority's early attention and to recognise that the land owner would fight. Recommended tactic of shortening the CPO process by going straight to the Lands Tribunal


Generous settlement agreed early without the expense of litigation

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