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There was a time when Stuart Lipton (of Stanhope), Geoffrey Wilson (former chairman of Greycoat), Gordon Edington (who runs BAA's property arm, Lynton), and Ron Spinney (chairman of Hammerson) all worked for the same company: Sterling Land, with one other man, Elliott Bernerd. The sale of the company to Jeffrey Sterling's P&O just before the 1974 property crash set its directors up as key players in the market. Without exception this group has proved its pedigree in the intervening ...

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