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‘Flying again’ is how the charming Jonathan Harington describes business at the firm he founded in 2004. A period of ‘stagnation’ until the general election was quickly made up for by the result.
‘Going forward, we’ve now got stability,’ he tells Spear’s, revealing that he had four potential clients come to the firm within 48 hours of the election. ‘On the back of that, people make plans about their lives and I would think that things will move on again on the basis of what we’re seeing.
‘We’re only a tiny microcosm,’ he says of the firm, which only retains a small number of domestic and overseas clients at one time – always on an exclusive basis.
Harington ‘would love’ to see a change to stamp duty, but not the speculation and ambiguity that could come with a pre-emptive announcement. ‘Any discussion of legislation in advance I don’t think helps at all,’ he says.
With more than 40 years in the industry, Harington spent 20 years establishing the buying side of Lane Fox (now Strutt & Parker) and was headhunted to set up the acquisitions arm of Knight Frank before founding his eponymous firm. ‘We have the contacts, we know the market, so finding property is something we feel is the easiest part of our job,’ he notes.