Advice on all aspects of negotiation with acquiring authorities and conducting class 3 merit appeals in circumstances where the former landowner challenges the quantum of the compensation determined by the Valuer-General.
Compulsory acquisition can be a confusing experience. Landowners are faced with a sophisticated and well-resourced acquiring authority (which can be any government agency, including local councils). Our Property and Planning team are well versed in the initial negotiation of compensation, drafting of claim forms, and hopefully settling the matter.
We also have extensive experience in undertaking a full merit hearing in the Land and Environment Court (Class 3 of its jurisdiction) where the landowner (or lessee) is not satisfied with the Valuer-General’s determination of compensation for their interest in the acquired Property. Such hearings usually involve expert urban planners and valuation experts. Landowners (and lessee’s) have the benefit of a presumptive costs order in their favour – whereby the acquiring authority has to cover (reimburse) your costs of any such proceedings. Early advice is critical to the whole process and ensuring the best possible compensation outcome. Contact our Property and Planning team to professionally guide you through this process and ensure the best possible outcome.
Paul has been a lawyer for 18 years specialising in the planning, environment and property sphere. Paul has previously worked as a Senior Lawyer at Sparke Helmore and HWL Ebsworth, before practicing ...