Land Acquisition and Compensation

Garland Hawthorn Brahe Lawyers specialises in issues relating to the compulsory acquisition of land by government and other public authorities and the assessment of compensation relating to the acquisition of land.

Our firm has practised in compulsory acquisition and compensation law for more than 40 years, representing both land owners and acquiring authorities. We act for owners of land whose land has been compulsorily acquired (or is planned to be acquired) and assist those owners in relation to issues associated with the assessment of compensation.

Those owners (and tenants, in some cases) may have the right to compensation both before any acquisition (because of the prevention or restriction of use, development or sale of the land affected by a project) and after any acquisition (the value of the land when it is taken).
If so, in both cases the affected owners and tenants would also be entitled to have their reasonable legal, valuation and other expenses reimbursed.

We have supervised the referral of many matters to the Supreme Court and to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Our team’s experience includes:

  • compulsory land acquisition including the assessment of compensation and also payment of advances of compensation;
  • mediation and settlement of claims for compensation and a wide range of transactions related to acquisition; and
  • land valuation objections arising from rate assessments and assessments by various revenue authorities.

We assist people affected by land project planning and by acquisition itself to obtain the best compensation result.

If you are affected by a current acquisition or to discuss any concerns or questions, please contact Ron Lane or Andrew Gunter at our office.



Ron Lane
Managing Director

telephone: + 61 3 9629 5551
facsimile: + 61 3 9629 2472