The hospitality industry has paid tribute to restaurant property agent Trevor Shelley who died earlier this month of a suspected heart attack.
Financial Times food writer Nick Lander described Shelley, who with Philip Sandzer co-founded Shelley Sandzer in 1983, as full of insight and enthusiasm for the restaurant industry he loved.
"Most obviously, this is a huge loss for his family," Lander said. "But it is also a great loss to the British restaurant industry, which is facing a very difficult trading period.
"All of us, restaurateurs, journalists and customers will miss his unprecedented experience, his ability to do a fair deal and, above all, his great sense of fun."
David Coffer, chairman of property agent Davis Coffer Lyons, added: "The industry has suffered from losing a great personality."
Shelley's colleagues said in a statement: "Trevor Shelley was not only well known in the market but incredibly well liked and respected by all who met him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him with people referring to him as both friend and advisor."
By Chris Druce
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