Nick Knapman - DAC Beachcroft

Nick Knapman's Expertise


Nick Knapman

Nick Knapman is a real estate lawyer in our Bristol office, specialising in real estate dispute resolution and lease advisory work. Nick leads our national Real Estate Litigation team.

Nick joined the firm as a trainee in 1993 and then qualified as a real estate disputes lawyer. He is very experienced in dealing with contentious and strategic property matters and advises primarily on high value asset management issues, with a focus on shopping centres and office buildings.

He has particular expertise in rent reviews, service charge issues, dilapidations claims, the interpretation of leases/development agreements, original tenant/guarantor liability and the effect of the Competition Act 1998 on property contracts.

Nick deals with all forms of dispute resolution including court proceedings, mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Nick was Location Head of our Bristol office between 2016 and 2020.


Nicholas Knapman is well regarded for his experience advising on an array of portfolio management and leasing disputes. "He is incredibly reactive, available at short notice and provides no-nonsense advice. He gets to the point and solves problems quickly..." Chambers 2021

Interviewees comment: "He is outstanding, thorough and has extremely good judgment."  Chambers 2020

Interviewees describe Nicholas Knapman as a "very clever and confident practitioner" who "gets on very well with clients." He advises a number of high-profile retail clients, particularly shopping centres, on all aspects of lease-related disputes.  Chambers 2019

Nicholas Knapman heads the firm's national real estate shopping centre team. One source says: "He is not just a technical genius - his commercial-mindedness is also so important."  Chambers 2018