‘He liked a whisky and a cigar late at night, chewing the cud’… The life and times of Sir Martin Laing

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The death of the businessman just after Christmas recalls a bygone age in contracting

“Not a chap I knew, but a reputation as a real gentleman.”

For those that did know him, the passing of Sir Martin Laing a couple of days after Christmas marks the end of an era. Even for those that didn’t, like veteran developer Sir Stuart Lipton, the name sparks memories of contracting in a bygone age.

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