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Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Guy has developed a reputation as one of the leading juniors in the area of compulsory purchase and compensation. Guy is also a member of the panel of counsel appointed to advice Crossrail/TfL on matters of compulsory purchase and compensation.

In 2016 Guy acted for London Borough of Barnet (supported by Hammerson and Argent) promoting the Brent Cross Cricklewood CPOs. The inquiry lasted two months, and seeks an order to facilitate the regeneration of Brent Cross by the creation of a new mixed use town centre, the expansion of the existing Brent Cross Shopping centre, significant infrastructure works to re-configure the junctions of the North Circular and the M1 and A5 and deliver a new living bridge to span the North Circular, as well as delivering substantial retail and employment floorspace and 7,500 dwellings. Objections were made by commercial retail operators (Fenwick’s, Waitrose, John Lewis, as well as on behalf of local residents).

He has also promoted a number of regeneration CPOS in London seeking to regenerate failing estates and deliver greatly improved housing and public realm. Most recently, Guy is acting for London Borough of Ealing promoting the regeneration of the Havelock Estate through compulsory acquisition and redevelopment.

Guy has also promoted a number of retail-led town centre CPOs, most recently at Northwich in Cheshire.

Guy regularly appears in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on behalf of Claimants and Acquiring Authorities. These claims have ranged, ranging from high value claims (e.g. up to £35m in Ridgeland Properties), down to obtaining nominal awards for acquiring authorities in relation to acquisition of listed buildings. In 2014 Guy appeared in Econometric Limited v GLA [2014] RVR 251 for the GLA in relation to compensation arising from the Olympics CPO.

He is also involved in the long-running claim in Bourne Leisure (Hopton) Ltd v Great Yarmouth Port Authority[2014] UKUT 44 – a high value claim for injurious affection relating to the construction of an outer harbour and the claimed impacts on the claimant’s holiday village down the coast. The Tribunal has already considered a number of preliminary legal issues relating to the legal foundations for a claim in injurious affection.

Guy also has specific experience in relation to electricity wayleaves and the compensation issues arising therefrom (e.g. as in the Lands Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Welford v EDF Energy plc).

In 2010 Guy appeared in the Supreme Court (with Neil King QC) in R (on the application of Sainsbury’s Stores Ltd) v Wolverhampton City Council on behalf of the City Council, the leading case on the materiality of considerations to the exercise of powers of compulsory acquisition.