Privy Council clarifies the principles for compulsory purchase compensation

On 15 August 2022 the Privy Council in Estate of Dame Bernice Lake QC v AG of Anguilla [2022] UKPC 33 gave an important judgment on compulsory purchase principles. The appeal concerned compensation for the compulsory purchase of land on Anguilla in 2003 to extend the runway at the airport.

In 2014 a Board of Assessment held a five day hearing and handed down judgment in April 2016.  It decided that the land could be compulsorily purchased and awarded compensation of US 1.26m.  The landowners appealed and in December 2018 the Court of Appeal ordered that compensation of US$19.5m be paid.

You can read Richard Clayton’s full article here.

Richard Clayton QC