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The Annual CPO Convention 2021 - Virtual Seminars

The CPO Convention focuses on prominent, topical and key areas of CPO practice. It is also practical; and is both a refresher and an update for those who do CPO work. Lost in the disruption of COVID in 2020, the Convention is back, bigger and robust, and ready to fulfil its desire to deliver a pre-eminent update for busy CPO practitioners.  

This event can be booked as individual virtual sessions.

Start Date Venue Price  
6 July 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 1 £70 BOOK
13 July 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 2 £70 BOOK

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

Event duration: Two Virtual Sessions (Session 1: 2 hours CPD, Session 2: 1.45 hours CPD).
Registration from: 12.50. Event starts at: 12.55. Event finishes at: 14.45-15.00.

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The Government has a demanding agenda for regeneration, renewal and infrastructure. CPO tools are core skills needed to deliver projects. The use of these tools are evolving through changes to CPO best practice, through lessons learnt from the DCO process, from case law and legislative reforms.

Whether you are a surveyor, valuer, solicitor, barrister or accountant doing some CPO work, this programme will enlighten and will be practical in giving tangible benefits to your work. 

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

For 2021, the convention is split into 2 virtual sessions. It offers a secure platform for delivery in the uncertain world we live and work in; and is priced accordingly. The absence of travel costs and downtime from working makes this an easy event to attend event. And should you be distracted by clashing commitments, you won’t miss out – as this event will be available on our On-Demand service. 




Welcome & Introduction from the Event Chair - Anthony McNamee

Core Principles of CPOs: Core Legal and Valuation Principles - Barry Denyer-Green

  • Barry Denyer-Green is the author of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, initially written in 1980, now in its 11th edition - used as a primary reference for all practising in the CPO world.  
  • As a practicing barrister for over 30 years, what are the top tips for those in practice? What are the failings that need to be avoided? 

Overcoming Rights to Light and Other Impediments to Scheme Delivery - Richard Lloyd

  • Over-riding third party rights, covenants and easements
  • The appropriation or acquisition of land and the use of s.203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • How to get the decision making process right 
  • The importance of the Local Planning Authority’s Report

Safeguarding - Alasdair Lowe and Anthony McNamee

  • Safeguarding in a CPO Context
  • When can it be used?
  • Is it fit for purpose in respect of significant infrastructure projects?
  • Should it be restricted to local plans and green belt?
  • The consequences of safeguarding
  • Delay and uncertainty; The enemy of claimants
  • Should claimants be compensated?


Welcome & Introduction from the Event Chair - Anthony McNamee

Towards the Moment of Acquisition and Implementation - James Franklin and Caroline Daly

General Vesting Declaration (GCD), or Notice to Treat (NTT)

  • The difference between GVD and NTT. Which is best? Which carries greatest danger?
  • When to agree price, pay compensation and taking title
  • Time scales and time limits
  • Can a promoter serve both?
  • Can GVD or NTT be rescinded?
  • Implementation of CPO by notice to treat and by GVD

Practical Matters Arising

  • Can you serve all interests, some interests, or part of an interest?
  • Dealing with additional rights
  • What interests can not be vested?
  • Blight - Blight and voluntary compensation schemes
  • Dealing with landowners (receiving the claimant's response, material detriment - taking part only)
  • Practicalities of taking land
  • Transfer of title

Enforcement Matters - A Practical Guide on What to Do and What Not To Do - David Asker

  • Listen to your bailiffs
  • Options and best practice
  • Enforcement of CPO's 
  • Notices
  • How the CPO is actually enforced
  • Eviction remedies 
  • What happens when the landowner or occupier will not co-operate 

Case Study: National Grid's London Power Tunnel 2 - Steve Harkin MRICSHarry Stubbs and Nicola Page

  • £1 billion capital investment 
  • 32.5km of tunnelling with an average depth of 30m under 7 London boroughs
  • The scheme seeks to rewire the capital
  • The desire was to acquire all land and rights required through negotiation, but ran 2 CPOs alongside negotiations