Ben is an experienced commercial property lawyer who has practised as a solicitor both in the UK and Australia at firms including Pinsent Masons and Eversheds.
Ben’s specialisms include advising the telecoms sector, acting for clients including Telefonica and Airwave Solutions Ltd, advising developers and institutional investors on major acquisitions, disposals and real estate financing, and advising office and retail occupiers on landlord and tenant matters.
Network Consolidation by Telefonica and Vodafone
Acting as lead lawyer for negotiations concerning a network consolidation by Telefonica and Vodafone through the use of their joint venture company, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd. This involved over 3800 sites with a rent roll in excess of £43million. The lifetime value of the agreement is just under half a billion pounds.
Telecommunications Advice to Telefonica
Lead lawyer on numerous high profile projects for Telefonica, including advice on all telecommunications issues relating to the London 2012 Olympic Games, acquisition of rights to use large distributed antenna systems at Bluewater, Westfield White City and Westfield Stratford shopping centres as well as at Wembley and Millennium stadiums.
Sole Property Lawyer to Bijou Brigette
Acting as the sole property lawyer to German fashion giant Bijou Brigitte as they sought to find retail space in the UK. Transactions included negotiating a favourable Agreement for Lease for a number of stores as well as Licences for Alterations. Ben advised the client on 13 acquisitions in various major shopping centres in the UK.
Major Disposals Project on behalf of GE
Acting as part of a team advising GE on the sale of its property portfolio worth in excess of £1Billion to Blackstone Group. Ben provided advice on a number of properties relating to this deal, including all due diligence and provision of Certificates of Title.
"Ben has been great, this work was a nightmare to complete and I think I said to Ben last week, just having him on board gives me some comfort as I know he will be a great support for us."
Estates Manager, Government body