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JLL crowned winners in four categories in Estates Gazette awards 2014

​JLL last night scooped property adviser of the year for industrial & distribution and offices and was also named overall national property adviser of the year. Sophie Walker, Director in JLL's Upstream team, also won the award for young property professional of the year at the annual Estates Gazette awards.

Guy Grainger, UK CEO at JLL commented: "I am extremely proud of the hard work and creativity of our people that enable JLL to win such accolades. Clients judge these awards which also recognises our focus on long term relationships and reputation."

Landmark achievements for the office and industrial teams included advising on the largest forward funding deal of the year for a distribution warehouse for Waitrose and the instruction to sell the most expensive asset in London, the HSBC tower.

Sophie Walker was recognised for her work in integrating sustainability across JLL business lines through the launch of training programmes and development of initiatives such as the climate change adaptation service.  

Commenting on Sophie Walker's award win, Julie Hirigoyen, head of Sustainability at JLL, said: "Sophie has been with us for seven years and in her time at JLL has consistently demonstrated the ability to combine environmental awareness with commercial intelligence. She has always pushed the firm and its clients to positively transform their approach to sustainability across UK, EMEA and global markets. I am pleased she has been recognised for the incredible work she has done in helping to build JLL's Upstream Sustainability Services team into powerful force in the industry. I am privileged to have been working closely with Sophie since she started with Upstream all those years ago and am personally very proud of the outstanding professional she has become."

Key business highlights considered by the judges for the national award included the purchase of the RAM Brewery by Greenland, the flagship HQ fit out for the CBI, sale of the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel and innovations such as JLL Live, which was the largest staff networking event in the firm's history. JLL also demonstrated evidence of strong regional expertise including advising Shell on the sale of the Carrington Estate in Manchester.