Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

The CPA National Conference 2020

The Compulsory Purchase Association's National Conference seeks to brief members, non-members and the professions on key issues and topics within the sector, providing valuable CPD for all those engaged in compulsory purchase and compensation work. If you are involved in CPO work, this is a must attend event for technical knowledge, updates and networking.

(Due to COVID-19 this event has been rescheduled from July 2 to the new date listed below)

Start Date Venue Price  
25 November 2020 Millennium Point, Birmingham £270 BOOK

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

Event duration: Day Event (4.45 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 09.15. Event starts at: 10.00. Event finishes at: 16.50.

The CPA are Pleased to Announce the 2020 Conference Sponsors: 

Quantuma, Gateley Hamer and Ardent Management. 

If you are interested in the remaining sponsor packages, please contact us as soon as possible.

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Compulsory purchase is a subject that is in the conscience of the general public like never before. More column inches have discussed compulsory purchase this year than any previous year, and the term is used and searched for on Twitter more than ever. 

As professionals working in the fields of compulsory purchase and compensation we face exciting and challenging times. Exciting, due to the unprecedented levels of work as a result of the increasing numbers of major projects and promoters realising how useful a tool compulsory purchase can be; and challenging, because we face a shortage of practitioners and a seemingly endless struggle to persuade elements of the press, lobbyists and some politicians that the system can work effectively when acquiring authorities use powers responsibly.

At this year’s conference, we’ll be covering a diverse range of issues, with different sessions focusing on law, practice and market activity.  

The CPA National Conference brings together members and non-members alike. With over 300 attendees at last year’s conference, it is the premier networking event in the CPO calendar and the CPA is delighted to present a stellar programme to attract the very best in the CPO world.

COVID19 - Event Update:

During these uncertain times, we are keen to provide you with CPD support. We are working towards being able to run this event physically. However, dependent on Government advice and guidelines at the time, if needed, we will adapt this event to run virtually. We will advise on this closer to the event.



Welcome, Introduction & Round up of CPA Activities by the Conference Chair: Rebecca Clutten

Keynote Address: What's Been Happening in the West Midlands

  • The needs and opportunities of the region 
  • The regeneration and renewal strategies 
  • Key projects:
    • HS2
    • Commonwealth Games
    • Metro
    • Paradise Circus
    • Reopening Kingsheath Railway line
    • Midlands East-West Link

Funding Infrastructure Projects

  • Infrastructure funding: types of funding
  • Moving away from conventional government grant funding
  • Availability of funding during the development and construction phases, under different types of models
  • Examples of use of funding models
  • Risks associated with different funding models

How Funding Options Impact Compulsory Purchase

  • Effect on funding of the purchase of property in advance
  • What type of interest an acquiring authority may want to secure in advance
  • Funding of blighted property

Practice Directions - What are the Rules for Taking Cases to the Upper Tribunal 

  • Practical and essential steps to take before you have a dispute 
  • What to do when you recognise you will have to go to Tribunal
  • What are the new Practice Directions?

Expert Witness Conduct 

  • The RICS Professional Statement - a commentary 
  • The duty to the court
  • Possible pitfalls and some leading cases
  • How the Tribunal varies from other jurisdictions 

Land Assembly Case Study

  • The project, the time scales and the strategy
  • Lessons learnt and best practice

Taxing Issues in CPOs

A review of typical CPO issues and their potential impact on both claimants and acquiring authorities

  • VAT (including the treatment of different heads of claim and TOGS)
  • Practical issues on VAT (who is at risk and how to mitigate it)
  • Tax recovery and getting the paperwork right
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (including exemptions)
  • Deducting tax on Statutory Interest
  • Practical aspects and dealing with HMRC

The Public Sector Equality Duty and CPOs: A Practical Guide

  • Key principles from case law
  • When and how to carry out an Equalities Impact Assessment
  • Cautionary Tales
  • Good practice case studies

Case Law Update