SJ Berwin mourns real estate partner

SJ Berwin has been rocked by the death of star real estate partner John Eldridge.

Eldridge, who had been a partner at the firm since 1983, died last Friday (20 April). He had been in a coma since being injured in a motorcycle accident on 3 April.

Eldridge was widely regarded as a key member of the firm’s real estate practice, advising key clients such as Chelsfield, Wichford, Buckingham Securities, Rowan Asset Management, Brockton Capital and Saddlerst.

He recently led the firm’s advice to Fusiongold, a purpose-specific offshore vehicle, on the regeneration of the Old Street roundabout, which will become a gateway landmark to the London 2012 Olympic site.

Eldridge was also integral to the development of, and subsequent move to, SJ Berwin’s new London premises at Queen Street Place.

Senior partner Jonathan Blake said: “He had a dynamic and engaging charisma and we all benefited from our relationship with him. He was passionate about the real estate division and the firm as a whole and he leaves behind for all of us the legacy of our wonderful new offices, 10 Queen Street Place, into which he put so much energy and design flair.”

Head of the real estate Bryan Pickup added: “He was a hugely generous, energetic and positive person and will be greatly missed.”

Eldridge was patron of the Architecture Foundation and sat on the development committee at the Design Museum. He leaves his wife Ann and daughter Honor.