Professional Services


Many properties can be affected by utility works and/or compulsory purchase in one form or another, and it can be vital for property owners to get professional advice as early as possible (under compulsory acquisition situations, your reasonable professional fees are normally paid by the acquiring authority).  These issues can include:

• road widening

• railways

• water pipes

• electricity lines

• gas pipes

• telecom masts

We have a wealth of expertise representing both landowners and occupiers through the whole process of compulsory purchase including acquisition, making representations to the acquiring authority, negotiations for accommodation works, determination and negotiation of claims for capital payments and disturbance items.

We also act following replacements, damage or renewals to existing equipment.  Bagshaws have been actively involved in advising land owners on a variety of projects including:

• flood alleviation schemes throughout Derbyshire and Staffordshire

• rail schemes, such as HS2

• road schemes, such as the A50 growth corridor project and M6 toll

• utility schemes such as water pipes, wayleaves and easements for electricity lines, gas pipes including the proposed Willington Gas Pipe project

HS2 Development –

The line will connect London and the Channel Tunnel to Birmingham and Lichfield with extensions connecting to Heathrow, Manchester, Leeds and further north. Specifically the latest proposals show a route running north from Birmingham through Staffordshire to Crewe.

Bagshaws have years of experience and are able to advise land and property owners on all aspects of the scheme to safeguard their assets and maximise claims including Blight, Exceptional Hardship and Express Scheme provisions.

Our offices are strategically located to serve clients affected by Phase 1 and 2 of the scheme.  Malcolm Gale, our Partner based at the Uttoxeter Office, is a Roll B Parliamentary Agent who has already made successful petitions on behalf of clients on Phase 1 of the scheme.  We have successfully negotiated a number of Exceptional Hardship Scheme applications and continue to submit Blight Notices on behalf of our clients.

Please contact a member of our team for confidential advice.


A successful application to the HS2’s Exceptional Hardship Scheme was made on our property.  I would like to thank Christine for everything she did for us and for the tactful and sympathetic way in which she dealt with the matter at what was a very stressful time for us. We cannot thank her enough.

Mrs Williams, Whittington


Having being affected by the HS2 scheme, we contacted Christine Baggott of Bagshaws for initial advice and help .Having huge experience in rural properties Christine worked very closely with us, to fully understand the value and functions of our home, being a residential equestrian property.

In representing our blight case, Christine, using her depth of knowledge and expertise , worked tirelessly and robustly negotiating with the HS2 team, their agents and solicitors. The outcome being the sale of our property to the Department of Transport for the HS2 scheme.

Without Christine’s input, help and persistence (tenacity) we are sure the outcome would have been entirely different.

Thank you Christine and the team at Bagshaws Penkridge for the work and support you provided.

Jon and Sarah