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Navigating Compulsory Acquisition of Land for Electricity Easements in NSW: How FM Legal Maximises Your Compensation

June 15, 2023
Flo Mitchell


Compulsory acquisition of land for electricity easements in New South Wales (NSW) can be a daunting and complex process for landowners. However, there is good news. With the assistance of a specialised legal firm, such as FM Legal, you can ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. In this post, we will explore the compulsory acquisition process in NSW and shed light on how a legal firm can help landowners maximise their compensation.

Understanding Compulsory Acquisition:

Compulsory acquisition refers to the legal process through which government authorities acquire private land for public purposes, such as electricity infrastructure development. In NSW, electricity companies, including Energy Co, TransGrid, Ausgrid, and other government entities, have the power to acquire land for electricity easements. They do not take ownership of the land but rather take control over part of it for a period of time during construction, but with the infrastructure such as the transmission towers and lines then having that legal right to remain on your property. 

The Importance of Maximising Compensation:

When land is acquired for electricity easements, landowners are entitled to fair compensation for the loss of their property rights and any associated impacts. However, determining the appropriate compensation amount can be complex. This is where a legal firm specialising in land acquisition law, like FM Legal, becomes invaluable. Farms for instance may have issues that cause complexities with transmission lines, and it is important to consider all ways in which power lines can impact negatively on the land owner.

How FM Legal Helps Maximise Your Compensation:

Expertise in Land Acquisition Law:

FM Legal has a team of experienced lawyers who specialise in land acquisition law. They possess in-depth knowledge of the legal framework surrounding compulsory acquisition in NSW and understand the intricacies of assessing fair compensation.

Comprehensive Assessment of Losses:

FM Legal conducts a thorough assessment of the losses incurred by landowners due to the acquisition. This includes evaluating the value of the land, the impact on existing structures, potential disruption to business operations and any additional loss that may arise in the future.

Legal and Valuation Advice:

We ensure that your legal and valuation advice is paid for on top of your compensation. This is a right you have under the Just Terms Act. We will not let the acquiring authority underpay you for your proper legal and valuation costs. We will ensure all costs are recovered. Landowners engaging FM Legal benefit from expert legal and valuation advice. The firm collaborates with experienced property valuers to accurately assess the value of the land and associated losses. FM Legal's legal team provides guidance throughout the entire process, ensuring that landowners understand their rights and are informed about their options.

Negotiation and Advocacy:

FM Legal acts as a strong advocate for landowners during negotiations with electricity companies and government authorities. The firm's lawyers skilfully represent clients' interests, advocating for fair compensation and seeking the maximum amount possible.

Pursuing Legal Remedies:

In cases where negotiations do not yield satisfactory outcomes, FM Legal is prepared to take legal action on behalf of landowners. The firm can initiate proceedings in the Land and Environment Court to challenge the compensation determination and fight for the rights of their clients. Many of these cases are done entirely on a no win no fee guarantee.


Compulsory acquisition of land for electricity easements in NSW can be a complex and overwhelming experience for landowners. However, by partnering with a specialised legal firm like FM Legal, landowners can navigate the process with confidence, knowing that their interests are protected. With expertise in land acquisition law, comprehensive assessments, legal and valuation advice, negotiation skills, and the ability to pursue legal remedies, FM Legal ensures that landowners receive the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. If you find yourself facing the compulsory acquisition of your land, contact FM Legal today to ensure your rights are upheld and your compensation is maximised.

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