We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Taskforce. This taskforce is charged with developing an ADR process for land acquisition cases related to electricity network infrastructure projects that are being consented pursuant to the Planning Act 2008.
This is a unique opportunity to improve access to alternative dispute resolution mechanisms when resolving disputes on compensation due to landowners from transmission operators. This will help parties avoid having to take cases to the Upper Tribunal, saving cost and time. The Department has a key priority to ensure the UK is on track to meet its legally binding net zero commitment and support economic growth by significantly speeding up delivery of electricity network infrastructure.
During the passage of the Electricity Transmission (Compensation) Act 2023, government committed to establish an ADR Taskforce during 2023, which would be responsible for generating proposals. The Act sets out what the proposals must include.
The Electricity Transmission (Compensation) Act 2023 requires that the proposals must ensure:
• that alternative dispute resolution processes are available for determining the amount of compensation to be paid to landowners in electricity-related land acquisition cases,
• that the processes are accessible to landowners without undue difficulty or expense,
• that the processes are operated, and determinations reached, in a way that is independent of the parties to the dispute, and
• that determinations are enforceable.
The ADR Taskforce will be supported by policy officials within the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the legal firm DLA Piper. This role will be non-renumerated.
The key responsibilities of the Chair of the ADR Taskforce include:
1. To Chair meetings of the Taskforce and promote the work of the Taskforce.
2. To oversee the activity of the Taskforce and review its progress. Listen and take account of the views of the Taskforce and bring members to a consensus on the proposals, or make the final decision, in consultation with Department officials and externally appointed solicitors, on a range of options where consensus is not possible.
3. To be responsible for the delivery of the taskforce outputs, including a report setting out proposals and will be accountable to the Minister in DESNZ.
Current board members are: (TBC)
We are currently engaging with network operators, representatives of landowners and specialists in compulsory purchase and Alternative Dispute Resolution to ensure taskforce members are representative and balanced.