Compulsory acquisition of land often occurs due to circumstances beyond your control. We offer straightforward legal answers and practical solutions which help add more certainty around the process and outcome.


We have the legal capabilities to offer compulsory acquisition support in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland through our locally based practitioners, who are experts on the applicable legislative framework and process in those states. 

Clients we have experience acting for include: 

  • individual landowners with varying interests in land (leases, easements, and fee simple)

  • farmers and agribusiness

  • property developers 

  • strata buildings

  • Indigenous groups

  • major Australian integrated commercial and industrial property groups

  • large and small businesses from various industries

  • local Governments and other acquiring authorities

Our recent experience has involved acting for parties affected by the following major projects:


HumeLink transmission line project by Transgrid

Sydney Metro in the Sydney CBD, Pyrmont and Paramatta

Parramatta Light Rail by TfNSW in Camellia 

M12 and Orbital projects by TfNSW

WestConnex by TfNSW

Sydney Gateway project by TfNSW

North West Rail Link

ARTC acquisitions

Eurobodalla Regional Hospital in Moruya by Health Administration Corporation 

St Ives Ambulance Station by Health Administration Corporation (as part of the Sydney Ambulance Metropolitan Infrastructure Strategy

Tweed Valley Hospital by Health Administration Corporation 

Various rural acquisitions for road upgrades

Various NSW Council acquisitions 

Melbourne Metro Rail Project

Level Crossing Removal Project

North East Link Project

Metropolitan Ring Road Project 

Outer Suburban Arterial Roads Project

Brooklyn Terminal Station 

East-West Link Project


Coomera Connector

Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade

Cross River Rail

Gateway Motorway Upgrade North

Caloundra Road Upgrades

Gold Coast Koala Habitat acquisitions

Various acquisitions for road and water infrastructure upgrades 


Our compulsory land acquisition lawyers have many years of expertise in acting for parties affected by compulsory acquisitions and are readily able to assist parties to understand their rights from the time they receive a notice relating to a proposed compulsory acquisition of land.

  • In-depth knowledge of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW),  Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (VIC) and Planning and Environment Act 1987 (VIC); Acquisition of Land Act 1967 (QLD); and Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (Cth)

  • Advising on the application of the relevant legislative framework and process, depending on your jurisdiction 

  • Working with property and business valuers, and other experts, to obtain the best outcome for compensation

  • Undertaking negotiations on your behalf with acquiring authorities

  • Representing clients in tribunals and at court where required