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Nigel Ball



Licensed and Leisure

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Professional Summary

A senior real estate professional with 30 years’ experience in the lease advisory field. Prior to joing Colliers in April 2018, I worked for 12 years at BNP Paribas Real Estate, where I led the lease advisory business line, launched its licensed leisure team and was a Trustee of the pension fund.

I am an expert in the licensed & leisure market, focussed on delivering property cost reduction and value added solutions for pub and restaurant businesses, as well as advising investors with holdings in the wider leisure sector, including health & fitness, cinema, bowling and other leisure uses.

I have extensive experience of Central London pub, bar, nightclub and restaurant rent review disputes, acting either as expert witness or as Arbitrator.

I am appointed to the RICS President's panel of dispute resolvers, qualified to act as an arbitrator in pub and restaurant disputes in London and the South-East.


National team - one of my objectives at Colliers is to create a licensed leisure lease advisory team with truly national coverage.  We now have experts working out of our London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow offices.

JD Wetherspoon - my teams have secured rent review savings totalling £95.5m over the last 20 years

Market Porter, Borough Market - acting for the freeholder, a charity, of this pub overlooking Borough Market, in respect of the 2016 rent review,  I negotiated a 240% rent increase to £240,000 per annum

Central London Gym - acting for the freeholder of a 25,000 sq ft gym located in central London, I have negotiated rent increases for three consecutive rent reviews

Transactions - I have secured £90m of freehold assets for purchase by pub clients in the last 4 years





Memberships & Involvements

Member of RICS

Holder of RICS Diploma in Arbitration

RICS dispute resolution panel

Active involvement with the property commitee of UK Hospitality (formerly ALMR), helping to raise awareness of topical issues affecting the pub and restaurant sectors


"We’re very happy if you keep doing what you’re doing, staying alert for tying down good sites and generally adopting a hard as hell approach, keep squeezing the grapes! Your team's rent review efforts have been absolutely virtuoso over the years.”

Tim Martin, Chairman, JD Wetherspoon



Lease Advisory, Licensed & Leisure

Service Lines

Occupier Services, Valuation & Advisory Services

Property Type

Licensed & Leisure

My Team

Featured Research

13 Jul 2020

Latest Research on the Casual Dining Sector

Colliers has carried out unique analysis of where the sector was before of the pandemic and how it may emerge from it. We look at where rents may be headed, the role that independent operators can play in filling the voids left by the chains, and how landlords can collaborate with operators for mutual benefit.
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21 Jun 2019

Health and Fitness Market Review 2019

With increasing numbers of people now favouring healthier lifestyles, consumers are willing to travel further and pay more for the right fitness facilities. As such, the gym should be considered a key element of placemaking in new office and residential developments. The outlook for the UK’s fitness sector looks bright, supported by positive market trends and the growing strength of covenants.
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30 Nov 2018

Health and Fitness Market Review 2018

A review of the Central London Gym Market, written based on proprietary rental property data and supported by bespoke consumer intel.
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Featured News

3 Mar 2022

New rental arrears arbitration scheme

A guide to navigating the new COVID-19 rent arrears arbitration scheme.
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11 May 2021

Essential fairness points the way towards landlord and tenants sharing the pain

The clock is ticking down to another disaster for the hospitality industry – I’m not talking about another wave of COVID-19, but the end of the rent moratorium.
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