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Director Jonathan Harington is a rare breed – a peer called him ‘a bastion of discretion’.
Clients, too, are known to shower the veteran adviser with praise, but one has gone as far as to give him a personal ranking. ‘I have placed Jonathan in my “Tiger” class,’ one client says. ‘These are people who make things happen – without him I believe that we would not have had the energy to do the deal.’
He’s made many things possible, including the expansion of two of the industry’s ‘Big Three’ firms over a 40-year career. Starting out as a seller, he singlehandedly set up the buying arms of Lane Fox (now Strutt & Parker) and Knight Frank, before founding Haringtons in 2004.
The former Coldstream Guards officer’s enhanced visibility in the market means many deals are done off the radar. It’s no easy task these days, compared to when he first started. He previously told Spear’s that there had been a ‘whole change in the dynamic’ in the way H NWs buy. ‘The country idyll is for less people than it used to be.’
But the company is confident that there will always be transactions triggered by the ‘three Ds’ (death, debt and divorce), no matter the buying climate.