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The Inland Rail has been described as a ‘truly transformational’ infrastructure project for Australia.
The 1,700 km proposed rail network will connect Brisbane, through regional NSW, to Melbourne addressing the anticipated significant growth in freight over the next several decades, with a goal of delivering a transit time of less than 24 hours between the two capital cities.
The Federal Government previously committed $300 million for pre-construction activities such as detailed corridor planning, environmental assessments and community consultation.
In its 2016/2017 Budget, the Federal Government committed $549 million to the acquisition of the land necessary for the proposed rail corridor, and other preliminary steps. It is estimated that more than 1,000 compulsory acquisitions will be required, commencing as soon as 2017.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Slater and Gordon is a national law firm that has expertise in representing affected landowners to ensure they receive all compensation they are entitled to at law. We have already assisted hundreds of people who have had their family homes, business premises or investment properties compulsorily acquired by major projects such as the East West Link, Westconnex, the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, Sydney City Light Rail and the East Coast Railway in the Hunter Valley.
We can help
As soon as your property is affected by a compulsory acquisition, it is very important to get legal advice. Our experience has shown that, with the right advice, the amount of compensation obtained can sometimes be considerably more than first thought. It is important to obtain expert advice on valuation and legal issues so that you are fully aware of your entitlements.
Slater and Gordon can explain the process to you and give you advice to protect your interest.
Our work is at no cost to you, as the Authority is legally required to pay our costs and we will only seek payment from the Authority – not you.
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Initial Advice is Cost and Obligation Free
We know people want an understanding of their legal position before they start incurring legal costs. When your land or business interest is compulsorily acquired by a constructing authority you are entitled to have any professional expenses relating to legal, valuation and accounting services paid for by the authority. We can sit down with you and discuss your situation on a no-cost and no-obligation basis.
Affected business owners
We know that as a business owner any land acquisition of your premises can have wide-ranging consequences, whether you are a leaseholder or own the freehold. You are faced with the difficult dilemma of relocating a business that might have been established for many years, finding a replacement site, grappling with advertising when your business may have previously been able to operate without it and fitting out new premises - among many other concerns. For you any compensation must take account not only of the value of your land, but the value of any business lost through the acquisition.
It may be very difficult and time-consuming task to locate a suitable alternative site for your business. Given that any compensation for your land must be referrable to the market value as at the date of any acquisition, it is in your interests to commence looking for alternative properties as soon as the prospect of acquisition arises, because the cost of land in commercial hubs can fluctuate rapidly over short periods of time– so the closer in time to the acquisition you are able to find an alternative property, the better position you will be in. We can advise you on the best commercial strategy to adopt whether you have a leasehold or freehold.
Vincent Butcher, is a Practice Group Leader of our compulsory acquisition practice and is one of the most experienced and well regarded compulsory acquisitions in his area. Vincent has over 15 years’ experience representing residents and business owners in compulsory acquisition compensation claims against government departments, dealing with all aspects of the compensation scheme and the rights and protections offered by compulsory acquisition laws.
Andrew Young, is a Senior Associate in our Brisbane commercial litigation team with more than a decade of experience in resolving disputes and property claims. Andrew is well versed in compulsory acquisition laws and will guide you through the acquisition process, ensuring your rights are well explained and protected.
Lara Nurpuri, is an Associate in our Sydney commercial litigation team who practises solely in compulsory acquisition cases. Lara has acted for many clients who have had their interests in land acquired by major infrastructure projects such as WestConnex and Sydney Metro, including owners and lessees. A major component of Lara’s work is representing clients in the Land and Environment Court objecting to the amount of compensation offered following an acquisition.
We would be happy to meet with you in our offices, to discuss your circumstances, outline the likely next steps and the services we can provide.