Compulsory Purchase

Compulsory Purchase

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers have advised and acted in a number of important projects and cases. Members of the team regularly act for the acquiring authorities as well as objectors.

Significant cases:

  • Hackney CPO.
  • Centro Birmingham CPO.
  • Newham Suger House Land CPO.
  • Port of London’s CPO, Orchard Wharf.
  • Olympics & Legacy CPO.
  • Brighouse CPO.
  • Gloucester Blackfriars CPO.
  • Dartford BC (Lowfield Street) CPO.
  • Barnsley MBC (Barnsley Markets) CPO.
  • Salford Central CPO.
  • CAAD appeals and Lands Tribunal appearances.

Who to contact

Andrew Poyser

Andrew Poyser is the Deputy Senior Clerk for the Compulsory Purchase team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Andrew PoyserEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1190


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Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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