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Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has recently completed the Compulsory Acquisition of more than 180 properties that have been required for WestConnex Stages 1 and 2. A significant number of the affected households and businesses have already retained Slater and Gordon as their lawyers to represent them in their claims for compensation.
In January 2016, RMS commenced an application for planning approval to build the proposed M4-M5 Link, also known as WestConnex Stage 3.
Stage 3 involves the construction of twin motorway tunnels connecting the M4 East (Stage 1) at Haberfield with the New M5 (Stage 2) at St Peters. There are also proposed interchanges at Rozelle and Camperdown, tunnel stubs in the vicinity of the Rozelle interchange and various operational/maintenance facilities.
The project design for Stage 3 has not yet been completed and the exact number of properties facing Compulsory Acquisition has yet to be confirmed. However, the information released so far indicates that around 100 further properties will potentially be affected by this project.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Slater and Gordon is a national law firm that has considerable expertise in representing affected landowners to ensure that they receive all the compensation they are entitled to. We have assisted hundreds of people whom have had their family homes, business premises or investment properties compulsorily acquired.
Some of the projects we have worked on include:
- Upgrade of the Pacific Highway
- South West Rail Link
- Sydney City Light Rail
- East Coast Railway in the Hunter Valley
- Upgrade of Transgrid in Central Western New South Wales
We have consistently achieved outcomes for clients which have placed them in a far better position than initial offers made to them by the Government.
We can help
Although there are unanswered questions raised by the project itself, we want to assist people who appear to be directly affected by it. The moment your land is impacted by a compulsory acquisition process you may be able to trigger your entitlement to compensation. It is important that you know where you stand.
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 that those affected obtain expert advice about their entitlements.
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 to be acquired by a government you are entitled to have any professional expenses relating to legal, accounting and valuation services paid for by the government. We can sit down with you and discuss your situation on a no-cost and no-obligation basis. Alternatively, if you’d like to read more about your legal rights when it comes to land acquisition, we can send you an information pack.
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 referable 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.
Here at Slater and Gordon we have many years’ experience assisting clients with compulsory acquisitions:
Vincent Butcher, the Practice Group Leader who heads up our compulsory acquisition practice in New South Wales, is one of the most experienced and well regarded compulsory acquisition lawyers in New South Wales. 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.
Jonathan Wertheim is an Associate in the New South Wales Commercial and Project Litigation Team and works with Vincent on a range of compulsory acquisition matters. Jonathan has over 8 years’ experience in several different areas of legal practice and is well versed in compulsory acquisition law and complex disputes.
Lara Nurpuri acts for clients ranging from everyday people to large corporations advising on a range of legal matters from commercial disputes to coping with a family bereavement. Lara handles matters of estate litigation, and compulsory acquisition litigation.
We would be happy to meet with you in either our Parramatta or Sydney offices or meet at your property, to outline the likely next steps and discuss your circumstances and the services we can provide.