Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO’s)

A compulsory purchase order is a forced sale or sterilisation of land typically to a state or semi state body.

Being faced with a forced sale of land or property can be one of the most stressful matters to try and deal with. Questions such as “do I have to sell?” or “do I have to take the price being offered?” often arise. Clarke Jeffers have a wealth of experience dealing with all scales of compulsory purchase orders, from the National Roads Authority, to local authorities, to the ESB and various other state bodies including NAMA. We will help you to identify your options and assist in guiding you through the process. We provide solid and experienced representation to ensure maximum benefit to you to together with receipt of your compensation in the fastest time possible.

The firm can also provide advice and assistance on county development plans including the preparation of and submission of objections and observations.

We have over 30 years’ experience in dealing with Compulsory Purchase Orders and representing farmers, individuals, businesses and sporting groups. We recognise that our clients have only one opportunity to negotiate the best deal they can when served with such an Order. Our expertise and experience in this area allow us to provide every advantage to our clients.

For the State to hold a power to compulsorily acquire someone’s property, arguably the most draconian of powers, there needs to be the highest form of accountability and fairness. Like everything in life, its not enough to know what you are looking for. You need to know where and how to look for it.”

-Victor Clarke, Managing Partner.

We advise clients in the following areas:

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders

  • Compensation

  • Advising on notice to treat and notice of entry

  • Wayleave agreements

  • Rights of way

  • Objections

  • An Bord Pleanála Oral hearings

  • Judicial review proceedings challenging CPOs

  • Public hearing representation

  • Arbitration hearings

  • Transfer of property

  • Planning Law


View our frequently asked questions.

A compulsory purchase order is a forced sale or sterilisation of your land typically to a state or semi state body.

You should immediately contact us. We will meet with you to discuss the options open to you. We can advise you in relation to your right to object, to negotiate or refer the matter to the property arbitrators.

If your land or house are subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order, then you are eligible for compensation. To ensure you get the maximum compensation available you should act fast when served with the CPO. You should contact us and we can negotiate with the state body on your behalf.

This is a notification that is served to all those persons affected by the Compulsory Purchase Order. It requests those persons to submit details of their claim within a specified period. If an agreement cannot be reached on the appropriate compensation to be paid the matter may be referred by either party to a property arbitrator to assess compensation. At any time after the service of a “Notice to Treat”, the local authority may, on giving not less than 14 days’ notice in writing, enter on, take possession of and use the land.


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