Timeliness of legal advice on 1973 Land Compensation Act

Meeting: 
MQT on 2004-03-31
Session date: 
March 31, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0439
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How long did it take for the legal advice regarding the validity of the 1973 Land Compensation Act to be received, and would I be correct in thinking that the advice was sought when the scheme was being planned?

If that assumption is not correct, why do you feel such advice was not sought in a timely fashion? Please provide an estimate of the cost of interest due to the delay in seeking and receiving the legal advice which confirmed that the 1973 Act does apply.

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Answer

Answer for Timeliness of legal advice on 1973 Land Compensation Act

Answer for Timeliness of legal advice on 1973 Land Compensation Act

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At the outset it was expected that the Part 1 legislation would apply to this scheme. However, approximately 4 years ago the application of these provisions to railway and tramway schemes was challenged by Railtrack (now Network Rail) on one of their schemes. It was as a consequence prudent for TfL to seek its own legal advice on the matter. There has been no delay in the settlement of claims, as to date no analysis whatsoever has been provided by any claimant to substantiate the amount claimed. .