Mike Barlow


Mike specialises in non–contentious construction work, including building and engineering contracts, development agreements, collateral warranties, professional appointments, novation agreements, performance bonds and guarantees. Mike has advised on numerous projects, including energy projects, transport facilities, manufacturing facilities, office premises, retail units, distribution centres, hotels and health centres. He has considerable experience of standard form contracts such as FIDIC, NEC, MF/1, SBCC and JCT, as well as the construction aspects of PPP projects.

Prior to joining MacRoberts, Mike spent two years in the aviation sector followed by five years in the power engineering industry, negotiating contracts for the supply and construction of gas turbine power stations and associated equipment in the UK, East Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Examples of Relevant Work 

  • Advised Citizens Theatre on the Pre-Construction Services Agreement, Building Contract and Appointments for the redevelopment of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.
  • Advised Scottish Canals on the construction aspects of the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System, including the Governance Agreement and the Drainage Partnership Agreement with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Water.
  • Advised Scottish Power on the construction documentation for its new HQ building in Glasgow.
  • Advised Carillion on the contracts for the Media Centres for the London 2012 Games.

  • Additional Information
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Construction for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Accredited as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Scotland.
  • Lecturer on the University of Cambridge's Construction Engineering Masters course and on the University of Edinburgh’s Diploma in Legal Practice course.
  • Areas of Practice


    Year Qualified



    • MA (Hons) Management with International Relations, University of St Andrews
    • LLB in Scots Law, University of Strathclyde
    • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh
    • LLM in Construction Law (with Distinction), University of Strathclyde


    Society of Construction Law