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The CPA Regional Convenors

South Wales

Julian Boswall
Burges Salmon LLP
One Glass Wharf

Tel: 0117 939 2000

Julian Boswall, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Julian Boswall is a partner in the Planning Unit at Burges Salmon LLP.   He has 20 years’ experience in planning and compulsory purchase law.   He was based in Cardiff from 1998 to 2009, and continues to live there.

Julian has advised acquiring authorities (including Welsh Government/WDA, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and Isle of Anglesey) and affected landowners in relation to numerous CPOs in England and Wales, and on Lands Tribunal claims, under regeneration, planning, highways, education, housing, land reclamation, flood alleviation, listed building, nature conservation and other powers.  He has also advised on numerous NSIP applications under the Planning Act 2008, in England and Wales, for promoters and affected landowners, which have included powers of compulsory acquisition. When based in Wales, he was recognised in the legal directories on three occasions as the leading planning lawyer in Wales


North West & North Wales

Tony Lawton MRICS
Leslie Roberts & Co Ltd
King Street Buildings

1 Ridgefiled

16/18 King Street


M2 6EG

Tel: 0161 834 4834

Tony Lawton MRICS, Director, Leslie Roberts & Co Ltd

Tony Lawton has 20 years’ experience of dealing with compulsory purchase matters, both on behalf of Acquiring Authorities and for Claimants. 

Most recently, he has completed the assembly of a 20 acre site, with around 60 land interests on behalf of Bury MBC and Thornfield to enable the development of a 750,000 sq.ft. mixed retail, leisure and residential scheme known as “The Rock”, Bury, to proceed.

Tony has also acted for Transport for Greater Manchester in relation to Phases I, II and III of Metrolink and currently in relation to the Leigh Salford Manchester Guided Busway.

On behalf of occupiers, Tony has acted for corporate clients such as GE Capital, Joseph Holt Brewery Ltd and Lanstar Plc, as well as smaller companies and individuals.

Tony is a qualified and RICS Accredited Mediator and has successfully mediated a number of Compulsory Purchase Compensation disputes.  


East and West Midlands

Roger Bedson
Hinson Parry & Company
12 Stafford Street
ST21 6BH

Tel: 01785 850866

Roger Bedson, Hinson Parry and Company

Roger Bedson is one of the Midlands leading Chartered Surveyors specialising in the field of compulsory purchase, compensation and planning.

Roger heads up the planning and compulsory purchase team at Hinson Parry and Company based in Newcastle, Eccleshall and Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Despite a large rural and urban fringe client base they are involved in a number of urban schemes nationwide.

As a graduate of Reading University, Roger moved to the southwest and worked with Stags for a few years until becoming a partner at Hinson Parry and Company in 1998.

He has co-written a book for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers entitled "Utility Companies and Their Powers of Entry to Land", has given lectures and seminars to a number of forums and he is National Vice Chairman of the Valuation Compensation and Taxation Committee of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

As well as being a Roll B Parliamentary Agent to lodge petitions to HS2, the company has specialised in overhead power lines and utility works for over 20 years.


London & The South East

Lucy Thomas


Broadwalk House
5 Appold Street

Lucy Thomas, Partner, Ashurst

Lucy Thomas is a partner in the planning and public sector group, in the real estate department in London.

Lucy has extensive experience in compulsory purchase, regeneration and other related aspects of public authority work. She specialises in advising public and private sector clients in relation to planning, with expertise in a wide range of planning matters, including a number of high profile town centre redevelopment and major transport projects.

Lucy qualified into the Ashurst planning and public sector team in 2002.


The South West

Jonathan Bower
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
3 Temple Quay,
Temple Back East 


Tel: 0845 415 0000

Jonathan Bower, Partner, Bond Dickinson LLP

Jonathan Bower is a partner in the planning and infrastructure team at Bond Dickinson, specialising in the delivery of infrastructure projects. Jonathan is also experienced in managing cross department teams on projects as well as managing multi-disciplinary teams of other professionals on projects to deliver work streams on time and within the agreed scope.

Jonathan’s experience with major infrastructure projects includes advising on energy schemes including an off shore wind farm and underground gas storage projects consented pre Planning Act 2008 as well as the promotion of gas and electricity power projects.  He is currently advising both promoters and objectors on Development Consent Orders.  He has significant experience acting for clients on town centre and highways schemes.  Jonathan also acts on claims for compulsory purchase compensation settlements including Lands Tribunal references together with the property law implications arising from the orders.

Jonathan has hosted external seminars lecturing both on planning and compulsory purchase law including a lecture for Central Law Training on the use of CPO powers and processes and CPT on development issues as well as CPO.  He is also a member of the legislative and guidance working group of the National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Joint Regional Convenors for Yorkshire


David Holland

Senior Associate
Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
6 Wellington Place

David Holland, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

David Holland is a lawyer in SPB’s Compulsory Purchase Team, specialising in a broad range of land compensation and property related disputes, regularly acting for both claimants and Acquiring Authorities.
David specialises in advising clients in relation to land compensation matters, including compulsory purchase compensation claims and claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. He is also experienced in advising clients in the energy sector in relation to land access and compensation matters.
He is also experienced in advising on landlord and tenant disputes including commercial lease renewals, dilapidations claims, break options, breach of covenant issues, rights to light and residential tenancy disputes. David also advises clients in judicial review cases and in disputes arising from applications to register land as town and village greens under the Commons Act 2006.
Mr Holland is a member of the the Compulsory Purchase Association, is on the steering committee of the Young Compulsory Purchase Association and is a member of the Property Litigation Association (committee member of the Northern PLA).

Emma Bissett


Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
6 Wellington Place

Emma Bissett, Associate, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Emma Bissett has a broad range of expertise and experience in commercial property work. 
Emma has traditionally acted for several regional development agencies in England and continues to act for many local authorities in Yorkshire and across the UK. Emma specialises in acting for the public sector in the regeneration of city centre and brownfield sites. Emma is particularly experienced in acting for the public sector in all aspects of the acquisition development and onward sale of such sites. 
Emma has considerable experience in acting for acquiring Authorities in relation to the promotion of Compulsory Purchase Orders and is a member of the dedicated CPO team within the Built Environment Group.
As part of the Corporate Real Estate team Emma works with our corporate team on acquisitions and disposals of businesses with property portfolios and with our banking team in relation to business restructuring and refinancing. 
In addition, Emma advises a number of large corporations on their real estate requirements including Daniels Chilled Foods Limited, Think Money Limited, SCA Packaging and SAICA Pack UK. 


North East

Frank Orr Solicitor 

Bond Dickinson LLP
St Ann's Wharf
112 Quayside
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 279 9086

Frank Orr, Director, Bond Dickinson LLP

Frank is a Director and Head of the Planning and Infrastructure Team in the Newcastle Office.  He specialises in planning, compulsory purchase and compensation law acting for both public sector and private sector clients. He has advised clients on : compulsory purchase orders; compensation; major planning applications and appeals; Environmental Impact Assessment;  highways schemes; infrastructure projects;  minerals and Mining Code issues; High Court challenges to decisions of the Secretary of State; judicial reviews of decisions Local Planning Authorities; Lawful Development Certificates and enforcement matters.

Frank’s compulsory purchase experience is extensive and varied. He has acted in respect of over 40 CPOs including major Housing Market Renewal projects, town centre regeneration and redevelopment schemes (involving both mixed use, retail and leisure), highways schemes, as well as CPOs relating to schools, listed buildings, public open space and allotments. He also has specialist experience of Transport and Works Act Orders, Development Consent Orders submitted to the IPC, Harbour Empowerment Orders, other statutory undertakers use of CPO, including Electricity Act CPOs and compensation arising from the powers of water, gas and railway undertakers. Frank also acts in respect of claims for compensation including references to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Frank has been accredited by the Law Society as a member of the national Planning Law Accreditation Scheme.  He is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is recognised as a leading practitioner in planning and compulsory purchase by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and the Legal 500. In 2011 and 2012 he was listed as one of the top 50 Planning solicitors by Planning magazine.

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