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Chair - Vicky 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.


Vice Chair - Jonathan Stott, Gateley Hamer

Jon Stott

Gateley Hamer

One Eleven
Edmund Street
B3 2HJ

Jon Stott, Director, Gateley Hamer

Jonathan is Managing Director of Gateley Hamer and heads their Compulsory Purchase & Compensation team having established it when joining the firm in 2013.  Jonathan has over 13 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, the Midlands regional CPA group, where he continues to be a Committee member, and he has recently taken on Chairmanship of the Outreach and PR working group, aimed at encouraging graduates to consider careers involving compulsory purchase, increasing membership of the CPA and increasing awareness and authority of the CPA through PR strategies.
As if to underline his love of all things compulsory purchase Jonathan can be followed on the Twitter handle @MisterCPO!


Immediate Past Chairman - Colin Cottage, Glenny LLP

Colin Cottage
Glenny LLP
Unex Tower

Station Street
London E15 1DA

Colin Cottage BSc (Hons) MRICS IRRV, Partner, Glenny LLP

Colin qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1991 and has specialised in providing compulsory purchase and compensation advice to both acquiring authorities and claimants for almost twenty years.

Colin’s experience extends to advising on CPO’s for acquiring authorities at Dagenham, Stratford, Woolwich, Canning Town, Harlow, Dartford; Sandwich; Ranham and Romford.  He was one of the GLA’s principle advisors for the CPO used to secure land at Stratford for the 2012 Olympic Games and legacy development.

Colin also acts for claimants affected by the use of compulsory purchase powers and currently advises landowners and occupiers in relation to CPOs being used to promote Crossrail, HS2, the Trafford Metrolink, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade and a range of other regeneration and infrastructure based projects in locations that include Purfleet, Brent Cross, Tottenham and Enfield.

Colin has experience of giving written and oral expert evidence at Public Inquiry, the High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).


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)


Board Members - 2016/7 intake


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.


Rebecca Clutten
Francis Taylor Building
Inner Temple

Rebecca Clutten, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Rebecca Clutten is a barrister at Francis Taylor Building. As well as being on the CPA’s Committee, she is also an active member of the steering group for the YCPA – the arm of the CPA specifically aimed at those under 35 or with less than ten years’ post-qualification experience. The group promotes learning and best practice amongst those entering the field.
She is 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.


Matthew Collings

Principal Associate     

Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Eversheds House
70 Great Bridgewater   
M1 5ES

Matthew Collings, Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Matthew is a Principal Associate based in Eversheds' Manchester office, having previously qualified as a barrister.
He has advised on a number of significant regeneration and development projects and has been involved in progressing substantial schemes both in the north west and nationally, dealing with all aspects of planning - both to public and private sector clients.  Matthew has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation matters.  He is recognised as an 'Associate to Watch' in Chambers and Partners 2017 with his "knowledge and awareness" being described as "first class".

Matthew is also a Committee Member of the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment.


Raj Gupta
Town Legal LLP
1 London Wall Buildings

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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.


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.


Board Members - 2017/18 intake


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Keith Murray, Principal, Keith Murray Associates

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.


Sara Fowler
Ernst & Young LLP
1 Colmore Square
B4 6HQ

Sara Fowler, Partner, EY

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.


Charles Clarke
Principal Solicitor
Transport for London
6th Floor Windsor House
42-50 Victoria Street

Charles Clarke Principal Lawyer, 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.


Co-opted Members


Odell Milne
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.


Cushman & Wakefield
43-45 Portman Square

Alasdair Lowe, Associate, Cushman & Wakefield

Alasdair Lowe an experienced CPO surveyor and an Associate with Cushman & Wakefield's Statutory Valuation team, representing clients on both sides of the Compulsory Purchase divide. Acquiring Authority clients have included Local Authorities promoting Compulsory Purchase Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders and Development consent nationwide.

He has represented a broad range of clients on a broad range of projects. These have ranged from private individuals up to international house hold names. Alasdair has been involved with the YCPA for over 2 years and is the current chair - using his time in the role to actively promote Compulsory Purchase as a career option for Real Estate students entering the industry.  He regularly speaks at CPD sessions and also spoke on the issue of Access to Justice at the 2016 CPA AGM.



Gary Soloman
Burges Salmon
One Glass Wharf

Gary Soloman, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Gary is Partner and head of Burges Salmon’s Planning and Compulsory Purchase team. He provides compulsory purchase and compensation advice to both acquiring authorities and claimants. Gary is currently leading the team acting for the Isle of Anglesey County Council in relation to the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa, including acting for the Council as local highway authority in promoting compulsory purchase orders for major highway works connected with the development proposals.  He also acted for Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council on their successful joint promotion of compulsory purchase orders and side road orders for the South Bristol Link.  Gary has advised on a number of town and city centre regeneration schemes for acquiring authorities.  He is currently involved in a large scale leisure-led scheme in Peterborough City Centre and is advising on complex compensation issues in relation to a major mixed-use scheme in SW London.  Gary is a national committee member of the CPA.


Sue Rixon

Legal Executive

LB Kensington

Tri-Borough Legal Services
Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street
W8 7NX

Sue Rixon, Legal Executive, LB Kensington
Sue is a senior lawyer in the Tri-Borough Legal Services. She has over 30 years’ experience acting for local authorities in dealing with all aspects of compulsory purchase from initial advice through to vesting/acquisition of the property and settling compensation either by agreement or by determination at the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). She has dealt with estate regeneration schemes as well as smaller housing projects and academy projects. She was a member of the Law Commission’s Local Government CPO Discussion Group in 2002 and as part of that, commented on the working papers of the Law Commission’s Working Group entitled ‘Towards a Compensation Code’. She was a member of the Cabinet Office Expert Panel on Compulsory Purchase as part of the Government’s Admin Burden Reductions Project in 2006.


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).

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