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Montagu Evans mourns planning and development Partner Gary Forster

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our Partner, Gary Forster, on Sunday 9 July.

With over 30 years’ experience starting at Westminster City Council through Hillier Parker (now CBRE) and Turleys, Gary joined Montagu Evans as a Partner on 1 February 2015.

Focusing on mixed use projects, Gary’s contribution to the growth of Montagu Evans planning practice was immediate and material, we have been touched by the tributes received from his friends, colleagues and clients which the firm will continue to support.

His extensive experience and contribution to the industry, including his role with the BPF and BCSC (now Revo), was recognised by many in the profession. Gary was involved in acting for many of the country’s leading developers, institutions and occupiers including British Land, Hammerson and Sainsbury. Most recently, Gary acted for The Crown Estate on their JV with TH Real Estate for the Princesshay leisure project, and on the Land Securities/Crown Estate JV at Westgate Oxford.

Gary leaves behind his wife Vanessa and three sons, to whom we are giving our full support. The funeral service is to be held on Thursday 27 July at 12 noon at St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4NZ.

Rob Bower, Managing Partner, paid tribute to Gary:

“After a brave battle with cancer, our dear colleague and friend Gary Forster passed away on 9 July 2017. Gary was an exceptional individual with a real eye for detail and a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. He was well known, much respected and liked throughout the property industry and particularly amongst his friends and colleagues at Montagu Evans. In his short time with us, he was a role model to many for his professional and positive approach. Our thoughts are with his loving wife Vanessa and three boys at this most difficult time.”

A tribute fund has been setup in honour of Gary and will feature on the ICVI website. All donations are welcome to help support the fight against cancer: