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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Ben Thornycroft

Work 0117 918 2167

Work Department

Real estate.


Ben is a partner in the national construction team and specialises in project procurement and construction contract matters. He has prepared and negotiated documentation for a wide variety of projects in the private and public sectors acting for owners, developers, contractors, tenants and funders. He is currently involved in a range of schemes including for public and independent sector health clients from refurbishment work to substantial new facilities, schools projects, mixed use and new supermarket developments, industrial facilities, infrastructure and waste to energy projects. Previous experience includes advising an NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a new £100m cancer centre, an international contractor on the contracts for a £100m integrated materials recycling facility and advising the developer of the Environment Agency s new headquarters in Bristol which achieved the then highest BREEAM score for an office development.


Trained Stephenson Harwood; qualified 1994; solicitor at Stephenson Harwood 1994-97 then Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) from 1997; partner 2004.


University of Birmingham (1990 LLB).

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


Within: Construction

A well-known name in the insurance space, DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†handles insurance-related disputes arising from negligent design and construction, and also advises on construction due diligence and public sector contracts. Ben Thornycroft¬†is advising Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on the construction procurement for the redevelopment of its civic offices and the construction of a new commercial space. Thornycroft has also assisted Lendy with the construction due diligence in relation to a series of development loan transactions. Similarly, the team including senior associate Benjamin Thomas¬†advised Shore Capital on the construction aspects of the funding contracts for the development of an IVF Clinic. The ‚Äėstand-out‚Äô Phillip Roberts¬†has experience in indemnity claims against construction professionals. Additional clients include Bristol Water, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Wates Construction.

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