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The CPA Inaugural Law Reform Lecture

The Compulsory Purchase Association invite you to attend their annual reform lecture, where experts will focus on Temporary Possession Powers and where contributions from the audience will be encouraged. 

Start Date Venue Price  
12 May 2014 Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London    

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

Event duration: Evening event.
Registration from: 15.45. Event starts at: 16.15. Event finishes at: 18.00.

We thank Herbert Smith Freehills for the use of their facilities.

The CPA has championed reform in its sphere of interest, and is an active stakeholder for a host of consultations. It also hosts meetings bringing together parties to discuss mutual areas of interest.

The CPA National Committee propose an annual Law Reform lecture, open to members and non members alike, where experts can present their views on a subject of significant interest and concern, and with opportunities for contributions from the audience. It is intended that the Committee will subsequently produce a law reform paper. 

This year’s lecture chaired by Paul Singleton, Chairman of the CPA, focuses upon Temporary Possession Powers:

The power to take temporary possession of land for the construction of works is common in the case of railway schemes; the model clauses for Transport and Works Orders make such provision, and so does primary railway legislation. There are no express powers to take temporary possession of land in connection with highway and planning schemes. Significant practical problems arise for both scheme promoters and landowners where temporary possession is sought.

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This lecture will examine:

  • The mechanism and lawfulness of taking temporary possession of land.
  • The valuation implications and the assessment of compensation.
  • The legal effect and consequences of taking temporary possession of land subject to a tenancy.
  • The consequences of taking land permanently following exercise of temporary possession.
  • Proposals for legislative reform.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at 18.00 until 19.30