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Ben Pariser

Work 0117 918 2200

Work Department

Real estate.


Ben joined the firm in January 2012. Previously, Ben headed up the urban regeneration team at Clarke Willmott LLP and was also manager of the Bristol real estate team. Ben has worked extensively for residential, commercial and mixed-use developers throughout his career, as well as a number of local authorities, regional development agencies and housing associations. Ben’s development project work includes the drafting and negotiation of multi-phase, multi-conditional development agreements, collaboration and joint venture agreements (including public/private JVs), remediation conditions, overage provisions, land assembly, asset management, acquisitions, disposals and leases. He regularly advises on the contractual framework and heads of terms at the project outset, then drafts and negotiates the various agreements, incorporating all necessary outputs, milestones, key performance indicators, clawback, security, overage and step-in provisions. He is adept at anticipating, identifying and thereafter mitigating public law and other risk factors such as state aid, vires, best value, OJEU procurement and political, governance and constitutional issues. Ben’s recent projects have included: working on behalf of a housing association in the acquisition of a 19 hectare former MoD regeneration site in the South West; working on behalf of a national residential developer and a housing association in their joint venture acquisition of a complex regeneration site from the HCA; working on behalf of a consortium of national residential developers in the conditional disposal of sites in a regeneration scheme in North Somerset; the regeneration of the 7.1 hectare Union Square mixed use scheme in Swindon. Ben is particularly experienced at working with a number of public and private sector stakeholders in any particular project, as well as alongside in-house teams, providing specialist advice and training. Ben also advises high-street lenders in development projects and investment transactions, and so, when acting for the borrower or public sector partner, is adept at identifying the bank’s likely requirements.


Trained Clarke Willmott LLP qualified 2000 solicitor, associate, partner 2011; associate DAC Beachcroft 2012; partner 2014.


University of Sheffield (LLB Law; Legal Practice Course).

South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advice on real estate projects, policy and strategy, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, procurement, competition law, state aid, corporate and commercial issues, and governance. Stephen Hocking heads the public law team, which includes Giles Taylor, who advised Somerset County Council in relation to its building schools for the future programme. Ben Pariser acted for Bath and North East Somerset Council with regards to the purchase of an investment property from an overseas company, and Ben Thornycroft advised Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in relation to a planning project to redevelop their civic offices and theatre in a deal worth £30m. Rosalind Ashcroft left the firm.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol

Within: Commercial property: Bristol

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘undoubtedly one of the most proactive and professional legal advisers in the South West commercial property market’. The firm is best known for its comprehensive real estate work in the shopping centre sector, but has also developed a strong reputation in the house builder market and the property investment space. Of particular note, Nick Knapman led a team including Richard Cross that assisted Westfield Europe with the leasing arrangements for and subsequent opening of the 740,000 sq ft expansion of Westfield London, which is now the largest shopping centre in Europe. Similarly, Julitta Yates advises Land Securities on all landlord and tenant arrangements for the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. Intu Properties is another major shopping centre client. Acting for banks and alternative lenders, Michael Pearce has experience in real estate investment finance and has advised peer-to-peer funder Lendy on multiple bridging and development loans. Ben Pariser leads the residential development practice and is instructed by clients such as Crest Nicholson and Bellway Homes. Graham Brothwood and Michael Bothamley jointly head the real estate group.

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