Ben Dunbar

Legal Director

Real Estate
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Ben deals with a broad mix of real estate work but with a focus on landlord and tenant matters for a variety of commercial clients including investors and business occupiers.

He specialises in acting for corporate occupiers on acquisitions of new premises and disposals of former premises.

He is particularly experienced in acting for companies in the insurance and finance industries in their office premises requirements in the City and throughout the country.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for insurance business Charles Taylor in respect of its relocation to its new 66,000 sq ft HQ at the Minister Building EC3.
  • Acting for hedge fund Quadrature Capital on taking floors at the Leadenhall Building (the “Cheesegrater”).
  • Acting for fintech business Revolut in respect of its space at Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf.
  • Acting for MS Amlin PLC on its relocation to the Leadenhall Building (the “Cheesegrater”).

Career History

Ben qualified in 2006 and joined Wedlake Bell in 2014 from Clyde & Co.



Dear Ben

I want to pay a new tenant to take my lease off my hands. Can I do that? You are referring to what is known as a reverse premium, becauseRead more


Dear Ben

I have a ‘keep open’ obligation in my lease but in the lockdown I can’t open. Am I in breach of my lease?So-called ‘keep open’ clauses can often be foundRead more



Perplexed by property law? Relax, Solicitor Ben Dunbar is here to answer your most pressing questions… My restaurant struggled with profitability even before Coronavirus and I now want to disposeRead more



Is it time for landlords to think the unthinkable and consider upward and downward rent reviews? Ben Dunbar looks into his crystal ball to consider the possible impact of CoronavirusRead more

Legal Podcast

Episode 9: What are side letters?

Ben Dunbar and Yana Kisel from our commercial property team discuss issues landlords and tenants should be aware of when seeking to agree and record personal concessions to tenants.


Side Letters

2018 was a year in which many tenants have been in trouble financially.  One issue that is coming up more and more is that a landlord is being contacted byRead more