William Fryzer
Retired Partner | London
William Fryzer

Bill Fryzer advises clients on all aspects of commercial property matters. He represents owners and investors in town centre developments, out-of-town retail parks and shopping centres, and office portfolios. He has worked on real estate deals involving theatres and cinemas, golf and football clubs and other leisure-based properties, and has also acted for occupiers in headquarters acquisitions and relocations.

Mr. Fryzer represents clients in matters involving portfolio refinancings of offshore group structures and construction finance. He advises on the formation of limited partnerships and contractual joint ventures and on the development and financing of single projects and portfolios. In addition, he has acted for joint ventures in connection with the development of large-scale residential properties.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1983, Mr. Fryzer joined Dechert in 1984 and was made a partner in 1989. He is recommended as a real estate lawyer in Chambers UK, 2017, 2016 and 2015, with the directory stating that: "Peers have 'a lot of respect' for head of department Bill Fryzer." He is "very highly regarded" by clients as a "good communicator who is accurate and detailed in his work." Clients say "his calm demeanour and experience help to give comfort in the decision-making process." His work in real estate: commercial property is also noted in the 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK, 2014 highlights his work for corporate occupiers and in property finance matters. He has previously been described in Chambers as “a popular figure in the market” and “well respected by clients for being experienced, and sensible and clear in his advice.”


Transactions on which Mr. Fryzer has advised include:

  • Portfolio refinancings for off-shore groups managed by Blackfriars.
  • Handling HQ premises transactions for the Benfield Group and the Haymarket Group.
  • A hotel development in Southwark.
  • Setting up a joint venture between Blackfriars and Royal London, and acting for that joint venture in connection with the development (including construction financing), pre-letting (to TfL) and subsequent sale of a 300,000 sq. ft. office block development (Palestra, London, SE1).
  • Advising on the proposed relocation of a football league club to a new purpose built stadium within a major out of town mixed use development.
    • Brighton College
    • The University of Exeter School of Law, LL.B., 1979, Hons.
    • England and Wales