Compulsory acquisitions of land under the Public Works Act 1981
If the Crown or another entity proposes to acquire your property compulsorily, we can provide you with expert advice and assistance, regardless of what stage you are currently at. Compulsory acquisitions may be made for infrastructural works, public works, or to meet other needs of the Crown, local authorities or network utility operators.
We can make the compulsory acquisition process easier by ensuring that your rights and entitlements to compensation are fully recognised and met.
Understanding Public Works Act Acquisitions
Under the Public Works Act, governmental bodies have wide powers to acquire private land for public works. Where they do so, they are required to compensate the land owner so they are no better or worse off than they were prior to the acquisition process.
People facing a compulsory acquisition need specialist legal advice and assistance to ensure both that due process is followed and the appropriate level of compensation is obtained. While most acquisitions typically are by negotiation, sometimes it is necessary to go to the Land Valuation Tribunal or High Court. Adina Thorn Lawyers have the knowledge and skills to guide and support you through the entire process.
If an acquisition proceeds, the Crown is required to reimburse reasonable legal costs. In many cases, this may mean that our services to you are cost-neutral.