CPA Management Board - Compulsory Purchase Association

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The Compulsory Purchase Association Board




Chair - Jonathan Stott, Gateley Hamer

Jonathan Stott
Managing Director

Gateley Hamer

One Eleven
Edmund Street
B3 2HJ

Jonathan Stott, Managing Director, Gateley Hamer

Jonathan is Managing Director of Gateley Hamer having joined to establish their Compulsory Purchase & Compensation team in 2013. Jonathan has over 14 years' experience working in the field of compulsory purchase and he was co-opted on the CPA Committee in 2015 and elected for a two-year term in 2016.  

Jonathan has experience working for promoting and acquiring authorities and for claimants. He is a RICS accredited expert witness and regularly gives evidence to public inquiries, hearings and Select Committees.  

Since joining the CPA Jonathan has been actively involved with the YCPA, spending two years on the YCPA Steering Group and the Midlands regional CPA group. His objectives for 2018/19 are set out below:
  1. Continue to effectively represent the views of our membership:
      • Ensure the Board reflects the diverse make-up of the membership;    
      • Involve an increased number of members on Working Groups.
  2. Improve communication with members:
      • Continue to issue quarterly newsletters and upload all consultation responses to the website;
      • Increase the number and frequency of regional events;
      • Increase use of social media;
      • Work more closely with the YCPA to grow awareness of CP-related careers and provide more value to student members.
  3. Develop our position as the voice of best practise on matters relating to compulsory purchase and land assembly:
      • Work more closely with other professional bodies incl RICS, RTPI, NIPA, PEBA, CAAV etc;
      • Become the ‘go-to’ voice in industry and national press, working with our PR agency Advent Communications.
As if to underline his love of all things compulsory purchase Jonathan can be followed on the Twitter handle @MisterCPO!


Vice Chair - Rebecca Clutten, Francis Taylor Building

Rebecca Clutten
Francis Taylor Building
Inner Temple

Rebecca Clutten, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Rebecca Clutten is a barrister at Francis Taylor Building. She has instructed on a wide range of compulsory purchase and compensation matters, both in her own right and as a junior. Highlights include her successful promotion of Westminster City Council’s CPO for the regeneration of the Dudley House estate in Paddington and appearing before the Select Committee on the High Speed 2 Bill in respect of compensation arrangements. In addition to her advisory practice and work before the Tribunal, Rebecca also has experience of advising clients during mediation.


Immediate Past Chairman - Vicly Fowler, Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG
4 More London Riverside

Vicky Fowler, Partner, Gowling WLG

Vicky is a solicitor and partner in the award winning Planning team of Gowling WLG jointly leading their compulsory purchase and compensation work.  Vicky appears as a leading individual in the legal directories with accolades that describe her as “a thoughtful and incisive lawyer who has great capacity”.

Vicky became a Committee Member of the CPA in 2015 and is a strong supporter of its aims and objectives.  Vicky is particularly committed to the reform of the compulsory purchase process and compulsory purchase compensation and while on the Committee has chaired the reform sub group, participating in the representations and discussions with DCLG.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 Vicky has advised on a large number of regeneration and infrastructure projects involving the use of compulsory purchase powers and the settlement of compensation claims including: Bracknell town centre; the Homes and Communities Agency’s regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula; Woolwich Love Lane and Liverpool City Council’s development of Liverpool One (Paradise Street).  Vicky also advised on the implementation of the compulsory purchase powers in the Thames Tunnel Tideway Development Consent Order.

As well as acting for promoters of compulsory purchase orders Vicky also advises claimants.  Vicky advised  Apethorpe Country Estate on compulsory purchase compensation issues following DCMS’s compulsory Acquisition of the Grade I Listed country house, Apethorpe Hall and have  advised claimants on representations and compensation claims relating to HS2, Metrolink, CTRL and Crossrail.  The breadth and depth of experience that Vicky has gained provides a balanced perspective of the issues that concern members and the parties they advise.


Internal Board appointments


Hon. Secretary - Paul Astbury BSc (Hons) FRICS, Partner, Carter Jonas LLP
(full details further down)
Hon. Treasurer - Henry Church MRICS, Senior Director, CBRE
(full details below)


Elected Members October 2017


Sara Fowler

I am an accountant and a former partner with Ernst & Young (EY), and a practising member of the Academy of Experts and a CEDR accredited mediator.  I had been with EY for 30 years, a partner for 18 years and senior partner for EY Midlands until 30 June 2017. I continue to work with EY as a Senior Advisor. In July 2018 I was appointed as a non executive director of BHSF, a market leading not-for-profit provider of health insurance since 1873.

As an expert in forensic services, I specialise in working with clients to develop strategies for dispute management involving negotiated settlements, mediations and arbitration. My primary area of specialism  is advising on financial and commercial issues in relation to compensation claims arising on extinguishment and/or relocation. In that regard I have acted as an expert witness in claims for compulsory purchase over a period of 20 years and have given evidence in court proceedings including what is now the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), most notably as the accounting expert for the claimant in the Optical Express case.


I am also the chair of St Basils, a Birmingham based charity that acts to prevent youth homelessness and was the chair of the CBI in the West Midlands for 2015 to 2017.


Keith Murray
Keith Murray Consultants
53 High Rd
Bushy Heath
WD23 1EE

Keith Murray, Principal, Keith Murray Consultants

Keith Murray is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He started his career with the Valuation Office where he dealt with all aspects of compulsory purchase and compensation advice; primarily advising local authorities and government departments. He subsequently worked at the VO head office as a specialist valuer dealing with development land tax, capital gains tax and capital transfer tax.
For twelve years he was a partner with Edwin Hill in charge of the Specialist Services Department responsible for advising clients in connection with compulsory purchase and compensation. In 2000 he set up Keith Murray Associates to provide a specialist service in compulsory purchase and compensation with a personal approach. Keith Murray Associates is one of the UK’s leading experts in compulsory purchase and compensation.


Adrian Maher MRICS
Aspire Compulsory purchase
Holden House
57 Rathbone Place

Adrian Maher MRICS, Aspire Compulsory purchase

Adrian is the former head of Operational Property at Transport for London. He led the compulsory purchase team  for over 30 years and has been responsible for the land acquisition on a number of major compulsory purchase schemes including the East London Line extension, Jubilee Line extension, Croydon Tramlink and more recently Crossrail. He was responsible for a compensation budget of over £1bn and some of the leading cases on compulsory purchase such as Spirerose..

He has been a committee member of the CPA since 2013 and has played a key role in the recent reforms in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and Neighbourhood Planning Act.


Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
3 Temple Quay
Temple Back East

Richard Guyatt, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Richard is a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson's nationally recognised planning and infrastructure team. He has 20 years' experience dealing with compulsory purchase matters. Over the last five years he has specialised in the area of nationally significant infrasructure projects and in particular advising applicants on the compulsory acquisition processes for Development Consent Orders.

He has also acted on a number of town centre regeneration schemes for promoters and local authorities. On the claimant side he acted for a number of parties affected by the 2012 London Olympics compulsory purchase processes as well as owners affected by the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and HS2 acquisitions, Crossrail and on several Transport and Works Orders.

Richard has been a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association since 2003. Over the last 3 years he has co-ordinated the reform group for the CPA, meeting with Government Departments and other key CPO participants to put forward the case for reform.

He regularly lectures on compulsory purchase issues and has been a speaker at past CPA conferences.


Paul Astbury BSc (Hons) FRICS
Partner and Head of Compulsory Purchase

Carter Jonas LLP
One Chapel Place

Paul Astbury BSc (Hons) MRICS, Partner and Head of Compulsory Purchase, Carter Jonas

Paul Astbury spent fifteen years at Transport for London Group Property acquiring property through compulsory purchase on a variety of schemes including Crossrail, the Jubilee Line Extension, Docklands Light Railway Lewisham Extension, and East London Line Extension, as well as station improvement and congestion relief schemes. Paul is Partner and Head of Compulsory Purchase at Carter Jonas.  He has extensive experience in dealing with High Speed Rail and urban regeneration schemes for acquiring authorities, developers and affected landowners and ocuppiers.

Paul is a past chairman of the CPA, and is heavily involved in the CPA’s reform activities; and led the Planning Assumptions working group on the Localism Act.


Barry Denyer Green Hon RICS, Hon CAAV, LLM PhD
Falcon Chambers
Falcon Court

Barry Denyer Green HonRICS LLM PhD, Barrister, Falcon Chambers

Hon member of the RICS. Hon member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. Fellow of the College of Estate Management. Editor of the Estates Gazette Law Reports 1987-2006. Joint editor of the Planning Law Reports 1986-2006. Author of: Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (10th Edition) 2013; Development Law and Planning (4th Edition) 2012; Law of Commons and of Town and Village Greens (2nd Edition) (2006) (Joint author).

Barry is also a past chairman of the CPA, and is a frequent contributor to the CPA’s stakeholder engagement papers.


Elected Members October 2018


Henry Church MRICS
Senior Director
Henrietta House
Henrietta Place

Henry Church MRICS, Senior Director, CBRE

Henry has advised both acquiring authorities and affected parties in relation to the use of compulsory purchase and compensation on regeneration, transportation and utility projects for 20 years.

Beginning with predominantly easements and wayleaves for claimants in Kent he progressed on to dealing with acquisitions for motorways and trunk roads as well as in respect of regeneration projects.

Subseuqently he has provided advice in respect of enabling works for Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Olympic Park as well as for both Thurrock Thames Gateway and West Northamptonshire Development Corporations on major regeneration schemes together with numerous other town centre and transportation schemes.  He is currently advising in respect of a number of energy schemes.

He has appeared as an expert witness at CPO inquiries on many occasions and advised in respect of a number of Tribunal references.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.


Charles Clarke
Principal Lawyer – Property & Planning | Legal - General Counsel
Transport for London
55 Broadway

Charles Clarke, Principal Lawyer – Property & Planning | Legal - General Counsel, Transport for London

Charles is a Principal Lawyer at Transport for London and has previously been a partner at law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. Charles has extensive experience in acting for acquiring authorities on compulsory purchase issues. He has previously advised on projects such as the Hinkley Point C Connection Project and the Richborough Connection Project and currently advises on a range of projects for Transport for London including Crossrail 2, Bakerloo Line Extension, East London crossings, highway schemes as well as the Bank, Camden and Holborn station capacity upgrades. Charles was also involved in the passage of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 through Parliament and remains actively involved in future law reform.


Raj Gupta
Town Legal LLP
1 London Wall Buildings

EC2M 5PGondon Wall Buildings



Raj Gupta, Partner, Town Legal LLP

Raj is a partner of Town Legal, a firm which specialises in planning and compulsory purchase law.  

Raj acts for both public and private sector clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including the promotion of and opposition to CPOs, Transport & Works Act Orders, Development Consent Orders and Hybrid Bills in Parliament. He specialises particularly in town centre regeneration and transport infrastructure schemes.  Raj is particularly well-known for his expertise in land compensation disputes, having acted for the successful parties in a number of significant cases including Spirerose, Urban Edge and Scotia Plastics.  Raj is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and has participated in a number of successful mediations.
As a board director of the CPA, Raj has focussed in particular on helping to develop a pre-action protocol for compensation claims and on law reform.


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Adelaide House
London Bridge

Abigail Walters, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

I am a planning solicitor and for more than ten years a large majority of my work has been compulsory purchase related. Having acted both for promoters and claimants I feel this would enable me to represent you, the members of the CPA, in the best way possible. The work of the CPA in achieving recent law reform has been significant in bringing improvements to the system and I feel strongly about the need for further reform.

I am a partner within the planning team at Shakespeare Martineau based in their Leicester office in the East Midlands but also working out of our Birmingham and London offices. Having links with both London and the Regions will enable me to assist the CPA Committee and both the London and Regional members.

I qualified as a solicitor 17 years ago in Local Government and worked in two London Boroughs before spending nearly 11 years with Berwin Leighton Paisner in London. I have worked on the promotion of numerous compulsory purchase orders for acquiring authorities through to confirmation and beyond, in relation to mixed use town centre regeneration, estate renewal schemes and infrastructure provision for utility companies. This gives me a good understanding of the process from an acquiring authority’s perspective.

Since moving out of London in 2014, I have acted primarily for claimants, from utility companies to individuals, affected by compulsory purchase in all its various guises, whether CPO’s, DCO’s, TWAO’s or Hybrid Bills. This work has given me a very good insight in to the problems faced by claimants, and their advisors, in seeking equity in our compensation system and highlighted other significant issues faced by parties affected by the processes of compulsory acquisition generally.

I have been an active member of the CPA for over 6 years and regularly attend CPA events both in London and the Midlands. I regularly engage in CPA and law reform consultations generally and I am currently co-opted onto the law reform sub committee. If elected I would be honoured to give my time to the work of the CPA, as I feel strongly that the CPA has an increasingly important role to play in shaping the law, policy and practice relating to compulsory acquisition.


Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
6 Wellington Place
David Holland, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

I am a solicitor and Partner in the Compulsory Purchase and Compensation team at Squire Patton Boggs, specialising in land compensation matters, including compulsory purchase compensation claims, claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 and compensation matters in the aviation, energy and utilities sectors.

I am experienced in advising both acquiring authorities and claimants in compensation matters, including in relation to matters involving some of the most high profile recent schemes such as HS2, Crossrail and Thameslink.I regularly advise clients in proceedings before the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and higher courts.

I have been an active member of the Compulsory Purchase Association for over 10 years, regularly attending and speaking at national and regional CPA events, including jointly delivering the Tony Johnson Memorial Lecture at the CPA AGM in 2016.

I am the current Joint Regional Convenor of the CPA for Yorkshire, responsible for advancing the activities of the association in the region.

I have taken an active role in the reform activities of the CPA, in particular as a member of the CPA working group responsible for the introduction of the proposed Land Compensation Claims Protocol currently under consideration by the association and its members.

I am a strong advocate for the use of alternative dispute resolution in compensation matters and am experienced in successfully resolving claims through many forms of ADR, including mediation, early neutral evaluation and expert determination.

I am currently involved in contributing to the drafting of a proposed form of specialist ADR process under consideration for adoption as a preferred method of dispute resolution by the RICS.

I am also proud to be a founder member of the Young Compulsory Purchase Association and to have continuously served on the steering committee of the YCPA since its inception in 2013 until 2017. I would welcome the opportunity to become a Director of the CPA Board and to play an active role in contributing to and promoting the activities of the association in the future.


Savills (UK) Ltd
33 Margaret Street

Richard Asher, Director, Savills

I am a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer working in the Savills’ Development Department. I have specialised in CPO work for many years. I was a member of the steering group which set up the CPA, a founding member and the second Chairman. I have also served as Chair of the RICS Global Planning and Development Professional Group Board, and am a former Chair of the RICS Compulsory Purchase Policy Panel (which I remain a member of). Currently, I am an elected member of the RICS Governing Council. I also serve on the BPF planning committee.

I am standing to serve on the CPA Board, because I am keen to utilise my skills and experience to ensure that the CPA remains the most important multi-disciplinary association in the compulsory purchase sector. I am very anxious to promote the recruitment and training of younger members of the discipline, and fully support the YCPA as a way of engaging with younger people, I believe the YCPA should be encouraged to pursue its own agenda.


Co-opted Members 2018


Dan Knowles LLB PG Dip MRICS
Sawyer Fielding
9 Galley House
Moon Lane

Dan Knowles, Director, Sawyer Fielding

Dan is the Director of Sawyer Fielding, a firm of Chartered Surveyors who predominantly represent homeowners affected by Estate Regeneration schemes in and around London.

His company has gone from strength to strength in recent years, representing hundreds of homeowners each year.

Dan has been working in Compulsory Purchase since 2008, initially representing acquiring authorities and their development partners before representing homeowners. He founded Sawyer Fielding to give a professional voice to homeowners affected by regeneration. He provides a complete service to homeowners, negotiating their sales, advising on the Compulsory Purchase Order process and helping with related matters such as providing investment advice, assistance on relocation purchases and coordinating efforts of Mortgage brokers, eviction specialists and solicitors. He also regularly replies to Government consultation documents on Compulsory Purchase, helping ensure that homeowners concerns are professionally represented

He prides himself on trying to be the voice of reason in the melting pot that is Estate Regeneration.

One of Dan’s proudest achievements is setting up the company’s charitable arm, Sawyer Fielding gives back, which makes donations to deserving charities. In 2018 alone, they expect to donate approximately £10,000.


John Sayer  

Henrietta House      
Henrietta Place                

John Sayer, Director, CBRE

John is a Chartered Surveyor and Director in the CBRE Compulsory Purchase Team based in London.  He has 15 years of property experience and for the last decade has focussed his career on compulsory purchase and land assembly.  He advises a variety of acquiring authorities,  development partners, and claimants on regeneration and infrastructure projects across the UK. Such schemes include the Olympics & Legacy CPO, Westfield & Hammerson’s redevelopment of Croydon’s retail centre, Ballymore’s Brentford Waterside redevelopment, High Speed 1, High Speed 2,  Rowner Renewal, Thames Tideway Tunnel, and Heathrow Airport.

John was a member of the Young CPA steering group for three years since its inception in 2013 and also undertook  the co-ordinator role for the group.


Greg Dickson BSc(Hons) MA MRTPI
Planning Director
Barton Willmore
Tower 12
18/22 Bridge Street
M3 3BZ

Greg Dickson BSc(Hons) MA MRTPI, Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Greg has had varied private sector experience including promotion of strategic mixed-use, commercial, highway infrastructure, rail freight and logistics development.

As well as handling a variety of detailed planning applications, Greg has assisted on a number of complex projects involving Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO). He is commercially aware and has a proven track record in delivering results for our clients.

Greg also plays an active role in the Compulsory Purchase Association and is a member of the management board; and is a member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA).


Invitees 2018


Odell Milne - CPA Scotland
Brodies LLP

15 Atholl Crescent
Scotland UK

Odell Milne, Partner, Brodies LLP

Odell led Brodies’ market leading Land and Rural Business team between 2007 and 2016 and has many years’ experience advising on major infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and commercial developments. She is ranked by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for both agricultural law and transport, with the latter commenting that “sources suggest Odell Milne is "one of the top land property experts in Scotland”.

Odell has particular expertise on all aspects of compulsory purchase, notably advising on legislation and procedure, managing land acquisition and compensation claims. She also has extensive experience in advising in connection with Private Bill and TAWS procedure. She is co-author of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Volume “Compulsory Acquisition and Compensation”, regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on the topics of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation and contributes articles to a range of Journals.  She has also been actively involved in the Scottish Law Commission’s Consultation on Reform of Compulsory Purchase legislation.


Anthony McNamee MA (Hons) LLB Dip LP - Young CPA Co-ordinator
Farrer & Co
66 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Anthony McNamee, Associate, Farrer & Co

Anthony McNamee is an Associate at Farrer & Co a law firm which acts for parties with significant property holdings. Over the last six years he has specialised in the area of nationally significant infrastructure projects and in advising claimants in relation to compensation claims.   On the objector and claimant side he acted for a number of parties affected by the 2012 London Olympics compulsory purchase processes as well as owners affected by the Bank Station TWAO, HS2, Crossrail 1 and now Crossrail 2.

Anthony has been a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association since 2014 and is Co-ordinator of the Young CPA Steering Group for 2018/2019.


Mark Barlow - CPA Administrator
Managing Director
Contact Property Training Ltd
4a Woodside Busniess Park
Whitley Wood Lane
Mark Barlow, Managing Director, Contact Property Training Ltd

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