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Adam Rhead



I’m a Partner in our Planning and Development department based in the West End. I specialise in advising on land assembly for town centre regeneration and infrastructure projects, in particular the use of compulsory purchase.

I act on behalf of acquiring authorities in acquiring land either in advance of powers or following the service of statutory notices. I also act for claimants in negotiations and the submission of claims.

I was previously at Deloitte where I acted for High Speed Two (HS2), local authorities and regeneration bodies. Traditionally from a valuation background, having spent the first decade of my career in the Midlands market, I have valued a variety of UK (and Channel Islands) based assets across the commercial property sector for a range of purposes.

My clients include: Chrisp Street Developments Limited / Poplar HARCA , London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Lambeth and Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited.

I act for claimants on acquisitions by High Speed Two (HS2), Highways England, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Crossrail and acquiring authorities who make compulsory purchase orders for town centre regeneration schemes.



  • HS2 – I acted for HS2 in advance of Royal Assent of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill on the acquisition of land and property between 2012 and 2017.  Claimants included domestic and international courier businesses and offshore special purpose investment vehicles; in excess of £100m was spent.
  • M42 Improvements Junction 6 – I act for the National Exhibition Centre Limited in respect of the Development Consent Order (DCO) which was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in January 2019.
  • Various schemes (Poplar)I have negotiated the advance settlements of compensation across schemes in Poplar including the relocation of retailers to alternative premises. I have also provided advice on the use of compulsory purchase powers as part of the overall development programme and managing variety of risks within the process.

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