Compulsory Acquisition

Compulsory acquisition occurs when the government acquires land or property from individuals or businesses for public purposes such as building roads or rail infrastructure. Landowners, leaseholders and businesses can all be affected by compulsory acquisition. 

If your interest in land is acquired, you are legally entitled to compensation. If you do not agree with the amount of compensation offered, you can enter into negotiations with representatives of the government with a view to reaching a settlement. The RH Law team are strong, experienced negotiators and can represent you to make sure you receive the best offer.

We provide legal assistance to individuals and businesses whose land, tenancy or business is set to be impacted by a compulsory acquisition and want to understand their rights.

If you own the property affected by the acquisition, there is no cost to you for our work on the preparation and negotiation of your claim. The acquiring authority is required to pay for any professional expenses you incur. We will only seek to recover our professional expenses from them – not you. Even if we aren’t successful, these expenses will still not be paid by you.

RH Law has acted for individuals, communities and businesses affected by all kinds of acquisitions. We can help you understand your legal rights and ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

Our experienced compulsory acquisition lawyers can help you:

  • Understand the applicable statutory compensation regime
  • Develop negotiation strategies to maximise your compensation
  • Conduct negotiations on your behalf with the acquiring authority
  • Escalate disputes to a Tribunal or Court hearing if necessary
  • Conduct court proceedings if required.

We develop all claims with the aid of a team of experienced experts including property valuers, town planners, forensic accountants, engineers, and business and marketing consultants. You can rely on us to achieve the best possible compensation outcome for you.