Posted: 23.12.14

Jack Jacobs

A few months ago I wrote a blog about Jon Teeman, a client who became a good friend of mine and LCA’s, who sadly died.  Today I am writing another following the news that Jack Jacobs passed away earlier this month. Jack was not simply a client and

A few months ago I wrote a blog about Jon Teeman, a client who became a good friend of mine and LCA’s, who sadly died.  Today I am writing another following the news that Jack Jacobs passed away earlier this month.

Jack was not simply a client and friend of ours - he was the very first client we ever had.

Back in 1998, when I was still at London First, Godfrey Bradman asked if I could be seconded to work with him, Elliot Bernerd and the Chelsfield team on the promotion of Paddington Basin.  I vividly recall being interviewed by both of them at Chelsfield’s offices in Mayfair.

Having passed that test, I then met Jack who was in many ways the man on the ground at Paddington.  His ebullient character, friendly persona, sense of optimism and “can-do” attitude immediately infected me with the same traits.  He was, quite simply, a wonderful man to work with.  One of his great achievements was that he pulled together the landowners and interested parties around the basin to all work collaboratively and paved the way for one of the first Business Improvement Districts in London.

And it was through working with Jack, Nick Roberts, Nigel Hugill and the Paddington team that I really knew where my future lay, setting up my own consultancy to promote London projects. I also got to work with Alan Davidson and the team at Hayes Davidson on the promotional material for Paddington which started a close relationship with that fantastic firm which still exists today.

18 months later, in early 1999 I was ready to set up LCA having persuaded Jonny Popper to join me on the venture.  I remember very clearly when I floated the idea with Jack, sitting in his lovely office in Acacia Road, surrounded by his amazing cricket memorabilia.  His reply was “I have been waiting for you to do this for months.  We will be your first client.” And he was, followed by Grosvenor, London & Regional and London First.

We then worked together for quite a few years on Paddington and other projects in London.  Most of my best memories of Jack were having fun, whether his spectacular (long!) Thursday lunches at MIPIM, his Christmas dinner for the consultancy team, or his charity cricket matches at Lords.  Combining two of these in one event – watching England on Sky during a sunny MIPIM in his flat in Cannes – was almost perfection.

Over recent years our relationship was really one of old friends - breakfast in St John’s Wood, an hour or two at Lords, bumping into each other at his beloved Spurs or the occasional call to discuss a project somewhere in London.

I was so pleased to make it to the shiva last week to pay my respects to his lovely wife, Sally and his children Amanda, Laura, Michael and Richard.

Jack, London’s property world is a lot poorer without you, but I know that heaven’s cricket team now has its greatest enthusiast.

Rest in peace.