JLL has recruited senior director Rory Paton to its Central London office agency team.
Paton joins JLL from Knight Frank, where he has been a partner for more than eight years, specialising in the Central London leasing market for at least 18 years.
He has been involved in some of London’s foremost leasing campaigns and was part of the leasing team on 20 Fenchurch Street and advising Credit Suisse on its major letting to Thomson Reuters at 5 Canada Square. He continues to advise on a number of high-profile projects with clients including British Land, Blackstone, Canary Wharf Group, Credit Suisse, EDGE, GPE, LaSalle IM, Lendlease, M&G, Nuveen and YardNine.
Jeremy Attfield, head of City office and Central London strategy and growth at JLL, said: “Rory is a strategic fit for our Central London office market business. His extensive market knowledge, experience and client base will be a valuable addition to the team. Office occupiers, landlords and investors are seeking dynamic and innovative real estate solutions to deliver the optimum working environments that meet the evolving needs of business. We are continuing to bolster our team to respond to these needs in the way that our clients expect with insight and expertise to deliver the right solutions.”
Paton added: “I’ve been attracted to JLL by their positive response to the structural changes affecting our industry, notably their investment in technology and focus on the ESG agenda – factors which are of increasing importance to occupiers, investors and developers. I’m excited to be joining such an experienced, market-leading team at a time where the real estate sector is going through profound change.”
Chris Valentine, head of Central London office agency at JLL, concluded: “The evolution of real estate requires advice beyond traditional brokerage to deliver dynamic workplaces and growing our leasing team with someone of Rory's calibre will ensure we can meet this need effectively.”
Picture: Rory Paton
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