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Adrian Barlow



National Head of Real Estate

Adrian has considerable experience in the real estate sector, advising both public and private sector organisations in project strategy and the implementation of portfolio and business change management from a legal perspective.

Career highlights:

  • Central Government – Adrian was appointed to the Government Board overseeing the implementation of the reports and recommendations of Sir Michael Lyons to re-engineer government business and relocate 20,000 civil servants from London and the South-East and the subsequent realisation of £15bn of public assets
  • London & Associated Properties plc – working extensively with this client throughout his career, Adrian has helped the client achieve investment and asset management goals for 30 years in the retail sector, including the acquisition and disposal of key shopping centres and its asset management strategy within England and Scotland
  • Smith & Nephew plc – Adrian has led this relationship for 20 years, overseeing the rationalisation of the real estate portfolio and helping the company use its real estate portfolio to add value to its business operations, most recently in relation to its consolidation and relocation of staff and operations from current sites to a bespoke new hub and its London HQ
  • Gerald Eve – Adrian led the team to help the client relocate and consolidate its London HQ as well as helping the firm on various asset management needs
  • KPMG – Adrian led the team helping the client with its day to day portfolio asset management requirements in England and Scotland from new offices to re-locations to lease renewals
  • Westminster Government – Adrian has acted on acquisitions, disposals and asset management requirements for several government departments including for Defra, HM Prison Service, and the Parliamentary Estates Directorate.
  • Royal Mail – Adrian led the relationship with Royal Mail for a number of years, helping the company to rationalise its portfolio at a time of great change as it reduced its town centre portfolio in favour of out of town sorting office centres
  • Concert plc – Adrian led this relationship for the AT&T and BT JV helping manage and develop its UK and international portfolio
  • BT plc – Adrian oversaw the team helping BT to rationalise its unique portfolio in the UK from wind farms in Scotland to redundant tunnels underneath London, as well as its extensive office and operational portfolio
  • Speedy Hire plc – Adrian helped the board to re-design its operational model to a modified hub and spoke design to enhance logistical efficiency

Market View:

  • In 2013 Adrian was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in recognition of his contribution to the UK real estate industry
  • Chambers & Partners: reports that Adrian Barlow “has been doing phenomenal stuff” in developing the brand and reputation of the real estate team he leads, and in his mixed practice of public and private sector clients.
  • Chambers & Partners: Adrian Barlow acts for private and public sector clients, with sources highlighting his “extensive knowledge of property issues affecting the wider real estate sector”
  • Legal 500: Adrian Barlow is “proactive and constantly thinking of ways to improve service”

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 28/11/2018
    New Partner Appointment For Irwin Mitchell's National Real Estate Practice

    “Michelle brings a wealth of experience and contacts to help us further develop our practice. Education is one of Irwin Mitchell’s key business sectors and her expertise will help cement our offer in this area, particularly in the field of student accommodation. We have done considerable work in the education sector across the UK. We recently advised Sheffield Hallam University on the development plot on the Olympic Legacy Park site for its new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and we are advising South Essex College on the relocation of its Thurrock campus to a new £45 million state of the art facility which forms part of the town’s major regeneration scheme. We believe there are real opportunities for growth in this marketplace. Michelle is also a great team player and a highly motivated lawyer. I am delighted she is joining us.”

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  • 05/06/2018
    New Appointment for Irwin Mitchell's Real Estate Practice

    “Tim will be a great asset to the team. He has tremendous experience and following. Not only will he work closely with Ben Acheson and our real estate team in Birmingham to boost the practice locally, but he will help us develop our property litigation practice on a national level."

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  • 04/05/2018
    Ten Priorities For The New Secretary Of State Appointed This Week

    “House building has risen since the lows reached during the financial crisis of a decade ago but needs to almost double to hit the government’s target of 300,000 new homes a year by the middle of the next decade. At the moment it looks unlikely we will meet this. "My additional (11th) priority for James Brokenshire is to stay in the job for long enough to make a difference. There have been 16 Ministers of State for Housing in the last 20 years including Gavin Barwell, Alok Sharma and Dominic Raab, within the last 12 months. Brockenshire needs to bring stability to the team.” "Unless something is radically done to improve the planning system, to provide more incentives for construction and to re-look at how the tax regime can be better used to encourage development and movement in the market, I don’t think we’ll get very far. Let’s hope Brokenshire stays in place long enough to get his head round these critical issues and has the will and determination to push reform through, together with the backing of a Government that is genuinely committed to making a real and lasting difference to deliver on its commitments in this key issue for our Country.”

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  • 23/03/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Survey Of Office Occupiers: Fear Of A Cyber-Attack More Of A Concern Than Brexit, Say British Businesses

    “Business occupiers appear to be cautiously positive at the moment, with most businesses staying put and making the most of existing space to full advantage. There is a stronger belief that rents are on their way up, leading to some occupiers considering more flexible office accommodation, so they are not so beholden to landlords on long upward-only leases. “Brexit appears to be more of a background noise than a major disturbance, with more people concerned about the risk of a cyber-attack on their businesses and how they attract and keep the right staff.”

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