Michael Barrett & Co

What we do

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Michael Barrett, partner

I love living in the Barbican. I have been here for more than 30 years. There is nowhere else in London – or even the world – I would rather live.

From my flat overlooking Shakespeare Tower, I can see people coming out onto their terraces for a drink and a view across London to St Pauls and onwards. People love their flats in the tower blocks. They are not marooned, they are elevated.

Most homes are in the lower terrace blocks. The entrances to the terrace blocks are mainly at podium level. One of the acts of brilliance of the architects was to put car parks at street level and to build the estate above it. As a result, once you are in the Barbican, you are almost unaware of the traffic which passes underneath.

The ‘podium’ level is simply ground level to you. There are walkways between some buildings and right round the estate at this level. Elevated walkways don’t have a happy history in this country. It raises images of bad Council estates. But ours are certainly not like that. They are reassuring links between buildings. They are full of variety, with trees and views.

The crime rate must be among the lowest in the civilised world. Criminals don’t like places where they look out of place and feel locked in.

What our clients say about us

“We both really appreciated the way you dealt with our purchase. Your speed of response and thoroughness gave us a great deal of confidence at a stressful time. I just wish that the solicitor who was dealing with our sale could have instilled the same confidence. We are so happy to be in our new home and the thought of moving again fills us with dread but if we were we’d certainly use you.” DV & HV

“Thank you for all your efforts. Jane and I are extremely satisfied with the way you have conducted this transaction and you can be assured that if we need services of this type in the future we will give you a call.” GC

“I would like to say a huge thank you for all you have done for us over the past months, both with the Ben Jonson and Defoe Houses and our daughter’s flat, which I gather will complete tomorrow. Your patience and commitment are second to none and we really appreciate all the hard investigative work you did on our behalf.” JW & TW

“We are now fully installed as owners of 414, thanks to your splendid efforts. We are both grateful to the speed and efficiency with which everything has been completed. It has been a pleasure working with you.” TK & JK

“It was always easy to deal with you and you handled our lease extension very efficiently. Your friendly courteous and approachable and I would like to highlight Christine’s excellent client service skills. I think every aspect of the service you provided was very good indeed and I cannot think of any ways that you can improve on the level of service you provide.” RS

“In particular, Christine Corion was a pleasure to work with, endlessly patient with my slowness in grasping the technical side of things and never less than a warm and supportive presence. And very hard-working!” JL

“Really good service, helpful, always there to answer a phone call. We were very impressed. … Christine Corion was excellent. She made what could have been a stressful experience pleasurable.” LC