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Know Your Healthcare Advisor - Ben Willis

on Monday, 12 February 2018.

Ben Willis is a Partner and Head of our Healthcare team.

From working with both mainstream commercial clients and those operating in the healthcare sector, Ben has over 25 years' experience in the sector and has developed particular expertise in the ownership, development and funding of GP surgeries, having been involved in over 100 such developments.

What Does Your Role Involve on a Day to Day Basis?

I lead a growing team of over 25 specialist Healthcare lawyers across our four offices. As well as working with my colleagues across different departments in the firm, a large part of my role is to maintain strong links with key healthcare intermediaries, such as Banks, Accountants, Surveyors, Financial and other professionals. This ensures that we remain connected to other sector specialists and are as up to date as we can be on what is happening in our fast moving sector. It helps us develop and source new business relationships and to know that when we refer work to others, our clients will be well looked after by professionals who know their sector inside out.

A key part of our service - and one of our core values at VWV - is to work collaboratively with our clients and their other advisors as well as having a strong team which trusts each other is often key to ensuring that transactions complete successfully.

I take time out to understand our Healthcare clients' needs and requirements as well as the key issues in the overall sector. My aim is always to build a strong rapport and work closely with clients throughout a matter and to try to understand the commercial drivers behind the legal issues faced so that we can add real value.

What Do You Do as Part of the Healthcare Team at VWV?

I lead on the Commercial Property work we do for our healthcare clients and am well supported by my experienced team. I enjoy dealing with the particular nuances of healthcare property and funding but am probably best known for the work I have done with developing GP surgery premises and have been involved in over 100 such projects.

My background in general Commercial Property means I can bring my experience of working with corporate clients to the often very different world of healthcare property.

My role also involves leading on business development and strategy for the team. For example, I organise regular Healthcare conferences for clients, as well as write articles and presenting on numerous Primary Care and Property topics. I really enjoy meeting people and developing relationships. A particular highlight last year was the healthcare team winning the 'Legal Team Of The Year 2017' at the General Practice Awards!

I am Chairman of NASSAD and a member of the Primary Care Premises Forum.

Tell Us Something Not Many People Know About You?

I am a keen sportsman, playing golf (badly) and running for pleasure to stay fit. I have also co-written Hot Topics in Financial and Legal Matters for General Practice, an easy-to-read book for GPs and practice managers on financial, accounting and legal matters!

If you would like to find out more about how Ben can help your healthcare practice, please contact him on 0117 314 5394.

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