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Vicky is a solicitor and Head of Planning in the award-winning Planning team of Gowling WLG jointly leading their compulsory purchase and compensation work. Vicky appears as a leading individual in the legal directories with accolades that describe her as “a thoughtful and incisive lawyer who has great capacity”.
Vicky is a past Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association and is a strong supporter of its aims and objectives. Vicky is particularly committed to the reform of the compulsory purchase process and compulsory purchase compensation.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 Vicky has advised on the promotion of a large number of regeneration and infrastructure projects involving the use of compulsory purchase powers and the settlement of compensation claims including: an Estate Regeneration Scheme for a London Borough, South Tees Development Corporation on their regeneration proposals, Sheffield Town Centre, Bracknell town centre; the Homes and Communities Agency’s regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula; Woolwich Love Lane and Liverpool City Council’s development of Liverpool One (Paradise Street). Vicky also advised on the implementation of the compulsory purchase powers in the Thames Tunnel Tideway Development Consent Order and is advising Highways England on a number of their Development Consent Orders.
As well as acting for promoters of compulsory purchase orders Vicky also advises claimants. Vicky advised Apethorpe Country Estate on compulsory purchase compensation issues following DCMS’s compulsory Acquisition of the Grade I Listed country house, Apethorpe Hall and has advised claimants on representations and compensation claims relating to HS2, Metrolink, CTRL and Crossrail.