CPO Update – Part 1

23 May 2019

Keeping up to speed on the law and practice of making and promoting compulsory purchase orders

Level: Intermediate

Repeated from East Midlands

23 May 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch)

Sharpe Pritchard London (NO VCE)

Presented by Freeths and Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

This session will provide an overview of the process involved in making, promoting and implementing CPOs and review the recent changes in the legislation that have been made, and proposed, so that those involved in CPOs for acquiring authorities can keep abreast of the latest legal developments and practice in this specialist and rapidly changing area.

Suitable audience:

Local authority surveyors, property managers, development, regeneration and planning officers, and legal advisors.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

1. Principles of compulsory purchase
a. Availability of powers
b. Selection of power
c. General Principles
d. Justification

2. Process – from the outset to the making of the CPO
a. Preparation
b. Councils’ decision-making
c. Making the CPO

3. Process – following the making of the CPO, confirmation and obtaining title to land
a. Statutory advertising requirements
b. Inquiry
c. Confirmation of a CPO
d. Obtaining title to land
e. Blight Notices:

Interactive elements

Case Study

There will also be time for questions and general discussion at the end of the presentations

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B4 Draft documents
B6 Negotiation

Presenter profiles:

Nathan Holden – Partner, Freeths LLP is a Partner and Head of the Freeths’ local government practice and member of the Compulsory Purchase Association with over 20 years’ experience of advising on making and promoting CPOs. Nathan’s recent experience includes advising on the promotion of a major CPO for a new housing scheme in the East Midlands and scheme to underpin the development of land associated with a flood defence scheme.

Aidan Dickinson – Partner, Sharpe Pritchard LLP is a Partner in the real estate team at Sharpe Pritchard and heads up the firm’s CPO unit. Aidan specialises in housing and urban regeneration projects and is currently engaged on a number of Housing Estate regeneration and town centre schemes. Aidan also has expertise in large scale land acquisitions and disposals and housing stock transfers. As a feature of his CPO work, Aidan has particular expertise in land assembly and strategies for resolving title issues.

Rachel Hey, Associate, Sharpe Pritchard is an associate solicitor in the real estate team at Sharpe Pritchard, member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and deputy head of the firm’s specialist CPO unit. She advises on all aspects of town and country planning law and practice, highway law, commercial property and compulsory purchase, regularly advising local authorities and other clients on the use of their CPO powers with particular focus on complex regeneration and development schemes.

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