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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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7846 BRISTOL 1

Nick Knapman

Work 0117 918 2292
DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


Partner in Bristol office, heads up the real estate litigation team which advises on strategic and contentious property matters for shopping centre owners, national retailers, financial institutions and public sector bodies.


Trained Beachcroft Wansbroughs; qualified 1995; partner Beachcroft Wansbroughs (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2004.




Property Litigation Association.


Canford School, Wimbourne; Nottinghamn University (BA Joint Hons French and Latin).

South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol

Within: Commercial property: Bristol

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†is ‚Äėundoubtedly one of the most proactive and professional legal advisers in the South West commercial property market‚Äô. 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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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Headed by Nick Knapman, the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in matters involving shopping centres and major retail property portfolios and provides comprehensive contentious property advice to Westfield Europe and Intu Properties. In addition to advising the group’s most significant shopping centre clients, Knapman has been involved in a number of multimillion-pound dilapidations claims, and also acted for a national housebuilder in a substantial disputed collaboration agreement. The department is also known for advising large corporate occupiers and landowners in the finance, health and residential development sectors. Senior associate Alison Moore handles ongoing lease work for AXA Insurance UK, and also advised a property management and investment group on a multimillion-pound dispute regarding the termination of a development agreement. Senior associate Richard Marshall is another key contact. Additional clients include EE, Zurich Assurance and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

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