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Ben Willis

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Commercial Property




How Can Ben Help You?

Ben is a commercial property lawyer with over 20 years' experience of working with both mainstream commercial clients and those operating in specialist sectors. He is head of the healthcare team in our Bristol office and has particular expertise in the ownership, development and funding of healthcare property. GP surgery development is an acknowledged specialism and Ben has been involved in over 95 such developments.

Meeting Your Needs

Ben takes time to understand the healthcare sector and to establish a strong rapport with clients. This brings a wider perspective to the commercial issues faced by clients and consistently proves to be important in giving the best advice to suit the circumstances. He leads a team of specialist lawyers and established links with Banks and other professionals to complete a strong collaborative approach.

What Others Say

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 both recommend Ben as a key individual and he is recognised for his healthcare property expertise. Legal 500 also recognise Ben as 'delightful to work with, balancing expertise, conscientiousness, realism and good humour'.

Clients rate him to be 'consistently helpful and extremely knowledgeable and always responds quickly' and recognise the healthcare team for its 'professional, fair and straightforward approach'.


Ben is a member of the Primary Care Premises Forum.

London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

The recent merger with Lockharts and the arrival of commercial healthcare partner Mark Jarvis from Capsticks LLP  has significantly expanded VWV’s capabilities; the practice specialises in advising GP’s and medical practitioners on M&A, real estate, development and corporate work as well as on contentious matters. Highlights for the team include advising on some of the largest and high-value GP mergers and developments, including for assisting Lewisham Care Partnership with the on-going merger using the Birmingham/ decentralised model. Key contacts within the team are Ben Willis who is ‘extremely well-connected and experienced in commercial real estate’ acts as head of healthcare and is continues to advice on several national large-scale GP mergers. Oliver Pool , appointed partner in 2017 is a commercial expert and regularly assists on GP mergers and contentious matters.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Ben Willis - VWV

Within: Health

VWV merged with Lockharts in January 2017, giving the practice greater coverage and strengthening its dental and primary care capabilities. It provides ‘a robust and reliable service’ and has ‘a good spread of knowledge with expert level advice’. The firm specialises in acting for GP practices pm partnership agreements, mergers, collaboration disputes, legal structures and private sector partnerships. It is also increasingly acting in the formation of super-partnerships - the merging of several practices that can have over 25 partners and 30,000 patients. Ben Willis heads the team and focuses on healthcare development work and funding. He is ‘able to bring together solutions for mergers that reassure the partners’. Oliver Pool was promoted to partner and is adept at handling GP partnerships and mergers. Other key figures include Nick Martindale, who handles contractual and partnership disputes; Rebecca Beardsley, who deals with property matters; and Andrew Andrews, who joined as senior associate from Freemans Solicitors.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol

Within: Commercial property: Bristol

VWV's commercial property group has particular expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, and public sector work more generally. Steven McGuigan heads the practice group and has a notably wide-ranging practice. McGuigan advised The University of Bristol on its £11.8m acquisition of St. Augustine’s Courtyard, and also assisted Highways England Company with the negotiation of two options agreements concerning a section of the M49 motorway. The department head is also assisting Fareham Borough Council with various land agreements concerning the National Grid’s IFA2 project. In the house builder space, a team including senior associate Gemma Williams advises a national house builder on its disposals nationwide. Further, Jessica Booz (‘a consummate professional’) is acting for a residential developer in relation to various plot sales and leases on a London development site. Additional contacts include Ben Willis, Simon Linnitt and senior associate Robin Rajanah.

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