Martin Barrett, an industry heavyweight who has more than 25 years of
experience handling major commercial property transactions, has joined
McGuireWoods as a partner and will lead the firm’s new London real estate team.
Barrett has broad experience in the acquisition, disposal and development of
corporate headquarters and regional offices, with a particular focus on clients
in the energy, pharmaceutical, industrial and rail sectors. He has advised funds
and property holding companies on investment and on the management of their
property portfolios. He also has advised on development and development finance,
town center schemes, property finance and on the property aspects of corporate
Barrett comes to McGuireWoods from the London office of Reynolds Porter
Chamberlain (RPC) where he was head of the firm’s real estate group. Joining
Barrett in the move to McGuireWoods are counsel Chris King and associate
Rhiannon C. Campbell.
“Martin has such an impressive track record in major commercial and
industrial property deals and he is an outstanding leader, as well,” said John
Grieb, chair of McGuireWoods’ Real Estate and Land Use Department. “We know we
can count on him to grow and develop our London real estate team.”
Barrett’s experience includes representing a London-based multinational
pharmaceutical company in all aspects of its UK property portfolio and is
currently advising on the acquisition and development of the company’s 650,000
square-foot global research and development and corporate headquarters and the
disposal of its 400-acre campus. Legal 500 has listed Barrett as a “leading
individual” for real estate every year since 2009.
“Martin is very well known for his work in heavyweight commercial real estate
matters and he is the ideal person to lead our London real estate team,” said
Daniel Peyton, managing partner of the McGuireWoods’ London office.
“McGuireWoods is a perfect fit for my practice and I know my clients will
benefit from the firm’s intense focus on excellence,” Barrett said. “I am
excited to have the opportunity to help grow the real estate practice in
King represents multinational energy, pharmaceutical, chemical, industrial,
banking, investment and other commercial clients. She has advised a number of
the UK’s leading energy and infrastructure clients on major projects over the
past two decades. She has experience in complex land acquisitions and disposals,
clawbacks, easements, wayleaves, substations, mines and minerals, and landlord
and tenant matters.
Campbell advises clients on a wide variety of commercial property
transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant
matters. She also handles all aspects of leasing and real estate work for
corporate occupiers and the management of clients' property portfolios.
McGuireWoods’ real estate group represents investors, developers, financial
institutions and Fortune 100 companies in matters throughout the United States
and abroad. Eight of the firm’s U.S.-based real estate lawyers are ranked by
Chambers USA in its 2015 guide.