Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

Annual CPO Convention 2019

The CPO Convention will focus on some of the prominent and key areas of CPO practice. It is aimed at those relatively new to CPO work, those seeking to enhance their skills, as well as practitioners and local government whether as lawyers, planners or surveyors/valuers.

Start Date Venue Price  
25 September 2019 Squire Patton Boggs, London    

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Half Day (3 hrs 45 mins CPD).
Registration from: 12.45. Event starts at: 13.15. Event finishes at: 17.30 Drinks Reception until 19.30.

CPT Events would like to thank Squire Patton Boggs for their use of facilities.


This event will be followed by a CPA Future drinks reception at Squire Patton Boggs. All attendees from the CPO Convention are able to attend this reception free of charge. This will start at 17:30 and will finish approximately 19:30. 

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Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers have long been an effective tool in the armoury of acquiring authorities and promoters of Hybrid Bills, Development Consent Orders, Transport & Works Act Orders, Harbour Empowerment Orders, as well as schemes using Highways and Planning Act powers - each secures land and rights in different ways to enable the delivery of, for example, key transport and energy infrastructure, urban regeneration projects, housing and whole new towns.

CPO practice is very different to even just five years ago. There has been some legislative reform, but professional practitioners and the Compulsory Purchase Association have been driving changes in best practice. We are in a period of unprecedented demand for the use of CPOs and resulting pressure on both acquiring authorities and affected parties, with not enough experienced practitioners to service the workload. 

The need for new entrants into the workplace, professionals making a commitment to be specialists in CPO and compensation matters, is overwhelming; and it is in this light this programme has been devised.

Whether you are a surveyor, valuer, solicitor, barrister or accountant doing some CPO work, or none at all yet, this programme will enlighten, and will be practical in giving tangible benefits to your work. (The programme is ideal for those sitting their RICS APC level 3 competency)

The speakers represent the range professional disciplines involved in the CPO process and are members of the Compulsory Purchase Association. They are able to offer an insight into the nuances of the CPO process as well as providing guidance on how to avoid the pitfalls and what represents best practice.    



Registration, Sandwiches & Refreshments

Welcome & Introduction by Event Chair – Anthony McNamee, Farrer & Co

Core Principles of CPOs: Core Legal and Valuation Principles

  • Tips and traps
  • Right first time
  • What goes into a claim?

Claimant Management 

  • As a claimant advisor: Interviewing claimants and harvesting information
  • As an acquirer: Getting the information you need to make a 'sound' offer to settle compensation
  • Claimant relations
  • Managing expectations
  • What not to do

Taking a Claim to Tribunal - Drawing Together the Evidence, Preparing the Paperwork - Witness Statements and Bundles

  • How to be a good assistant
  • What goes in: Sections and summary
  • Format and numbering
  • Duties
  • What can possibly go wrong?

Avoiding the Lands Chamber - How and When to Negotiate

  • Impact of Safeguarding
    • Consulting, objecting, petitioning 
    • Shadow negotiations and Blight
  • CPO impacts 
    • Risk, options, time and business cases
    • Extinguishment, relocation funding and stress
  • Understanding the politics 
    • Local, Secretary of State and Parliament
    • Governance & Authority pre and post confirmation  
    • Private v Publicly funded projects 
  • CPO used as last resort or only tool for acquisitions 
    • Evolution of an imbalance of power
    • Create ambiguity, anachronisms and betterment
    • Equivalence, the auditor and the PCE
  • ADR pros and cons
    • Early neutral evaluation
    • Mediation
    • Expert determination

Legal Matters

  • New legislation and impact on practice
  • Important cases you need to be guided by
  • Enforcement matters 
    • Enforcement of CPO's
    • Notices
    • How the CPO is actually enforced
    • Eviction remedies
    • What happens when the landowner or occupier won't cooperate 

Conference Close

This event will be followed by the CPA Future Drinks Reception