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Working with Slater and Gordon
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 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.
Here at Slater and Gordon we have many years’ experience assisting clients with compulsory acquisitions:
Roger Batrouney is an Accredited Specialist in Planning, Environment and Local Government Law. Roger has over 45 years’ experience representing owners and business in compensation claims against government departments. Roger has acted for numerous property owners who have chosen to sell their property to the government, most recently in relation to the East West Link and Melbourne Metro Rail Projects.
Manisha Blencowe is a Principal Lawyer in the Victorian Commercial and Project Litigation team. Manisha has extensive experience in major litigation, including complex compulsory acquisition and land contamination disputes. Manisha has acted for a significant number of property owners affected by major infrastructure projects as well as leading the class action on behalf of residents of the Brookland Greens Estate in Cranbourne against the City of Casey and the EPA.