Jonathan has significant expertise dealing with all matters relating to land assembly, compulsory purchase and compensation. He is a RICS accredited expert witness and is a leading authority in the provision of strategic advice to scheme promoters throughout the promotion and implementation of compulsory purchase powers and the negotiation of compensation claims for commercial property owners and developers.
Jonathan has many years’ experience dealing with compulsory purchase matters and has given evidence to public inquiries, hearings and select committees. He is Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association and has provided input to the RICS Professional Statement for Surveyors advising in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation. He also regularly presents on the subject at CPD events.
Clients include residential and commercial developers, property investors and businesses across all sectors and sizes which are affected by compulsory purchase or the threat thereof. Jonathan advises on how to respond to the threat of compulsory purchase, challenging compulsory purchase proposals, business relocation strategy, maximising compensation entitlement and compensation dispute resolution.
Jonathan has negotiated £100 millions of compensation settlements on behalf of commercial and developer clients. He has also successfully advised developers, local authorities, Network Rail and Highways England through the promotion and implementation of compulsory purchase powers for over 40 different Compulsory Purchase Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders and Development Consent Orders.
Jonathan’s involvement with relevant professional bodies (such as CPA, RICS and NIPA) enables him to liaise with Government advisors towards influencing policy relating to the promotion and use of compulsory purchase powers, to ensure the process is clearer, fairer and faster for all parties.
He regularly liaises with advisors within Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Transport to discuss issues including the compulsory purchase reform agenda, land value capture and best practice for land assembly procedures. His primary focus is to ensure that compulsory purchase continues to be an effective tool to facilitate change that is in the public interest, whilst ensuring that affected parties are treated fairly and provided with the certainty they need, when they need it.