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Claimant’s Professional Fee Policy

Intended to assist residents, small businesses and rural landowners who reasonably need access to professional advice.

It is important that people who are directly affected by proposed or actual HS2 works obtain professional advice from practitioners experienced in compulsory purchase and compensation.

The statutory framework for payment of compensation typically provides for reimbursement of professional fees upon the property being purchased by the acquiring authority. Since this might be several years away in the case of HS2, a discretionary policy has been introduced to sit alongside the statutory position. Under this policy, HS2 Ltd will consider the advance interim payment of reasonable professional surveyors’ fees to landowners and property interests that are directly and significantly impacted by the HS2 scheme and where the landowner will in due course have a claim under the compensation code for compulsory purchase. This applies where it is reasonably necessary for the landowner to obtain professional advice in advance of any actual land acquisition or compulsory purchase.

This policy is intended to assist residents, small businesses and rural landowners who reasonably need access to professional advice at an early stage of the scheme and who may suffer financial disadvantage from having to pay for professional advice, in advance of being able to recover such costs in a compensation claim. Generally, HS2 Ltd will not accept applications from large organisations or from investment and development companies.

Each case will be considered on its own merits, upon application to HS2 Ltd in accordance with the procedure below and within this overall policy. Not every case would necessarily be eligible and the applicant’s surveyor should check with HS2 Ltd on each occasion.


Document history

Published:
28 August 2019
Updated:
28 August 2019