DO YOU EXPECT TO BE AFFECTED BY THE HORSHAM BYPASS?
Maddens Lawyers can help
Maddens Lawyers has helped secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for regional Victorian farmers whose land has been used for various infrastructure projects over the last 10 years.
Maddens' experience is that it is only when landowners know their rights and, based on advice from a lawyer, understand what they can ask for, that the maximum amount of compensation is secured.
It's not like on TV...
Mr Chakir explains that negotiating a contract for compulsory acquisition of land was often a 'David' and 'Goliath' situation.
"Despite what people may have seen on television, it's rarely David that wins out over Goliath," he says.
"The film, 'The Castle' is a great story. But compulsory acquisitions rarely, if ever, finish like that one did. It's a lot less entertaining, and much more complicated.
"There is a lot of back and forth and the more you know about the process, the better you tend to fare."
Maddens Lawyers has worked with hundreds of regional Victorian landowners whose land is now home to an assortment of state or privately owned infrastructure. This includes wind turbines, gas pipelines and powerline easements, the expansion of the Princes Highway between Colac and Geelong and the expanded Hamilton airport.
"There are a lot of complexities in this process. Landowners may not realise what factors can influence how much compensation they are entitled to ask for, and receive.
"My experience is it's only when landowners know their rights and, based on advice from a lawyer, understand what they can ask for, that the maximum amount of compensation is secured."
Legal costs are included
Having a lawyer negotiate on a landowner's behalf is also part of what can be claimed when negotiating a final compensation amount.
Those with expert advice gain more compensation
Mr Chakir stresses that landowners are free to handle any compulsory acquisition approaches as they wish. But the trade off was usually much less in dollar terms.
"It is not something you MUST consult a lawyer for in order to finalise it," he explains. "But, as a lawyer who has overseen many of these types of situation, I can confidently say those who undertook this process with the support of an experienced lawyer gained more in compensation than what they would have received if they'd acted on their own.