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BTO Solicitors LLP

ONE EDINBURGH QUAY, 133 FOUNTAINBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9QG, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 222 2939
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Fax 0131 222 2949
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ED77 EDINBURGH
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www.bto.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

The corporate group at BTO Solicitors LLP acts for clients in a range of sectors including leisure and licensing, property development and house building and renewable energy. The team, which is led by Jeremy Glen, has substantial experience handling complex disputes between directors, shareholders and partners, as well as complex high-value transactions.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:Andrew Sleigh; Alistair Dunn; Patrice Fabien; Gary Booth; Scott Wyper

Key Clients

Mactaggart and Mickel

Crieff Hydro

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy

Barony Universal Products

Johnston Carmichael LLP

Intelligent Capital Holdings Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers

Betsold Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the re-organisation of Intelligent Capital Holdings Limited, part of which required the purchase of shares within the group from an existing shareholder which enabled terms to be agreed for the buyout of the principal shareholder by the management.
  • Advised the shareholders of Fusion Marine Limited on the sale of 75% of its company shares to Gael Force Group.
  • Acting for the Scottish FA ion the acquisition of title to Hampden Park from Queen's Park Football Club.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP is best known for representing senior executives and other individuals from the banking, accountancy and legal sectors, among others, in investigations and criminal proceedings concerning fraud and cartel allegations. Criminal solicitor advocate Clare Bone and regulatory crime defence lawyer Vikki Watt jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Gillies

Key Clients

LexisNexis

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

Clare Bone and Vikki Watt jointly head the team at BTO Solicitors LLP, which stands out for its 'vast expertise' in representing prison officers accused of various criminal charges such as on-duty assault and sexual offences but the team including the 'excellent' Alasdair Gillies also acts for other individuals and receives regular instructions arising from dangerous driving allegations.

Practice head(s):Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Gillies

Testimonials

'The firm has strong and effective relationships with the Prosecutor Fiscal Service.'

'Communication is exceptional.'

'Team members are personable, friendly, professional and efficient.'

'Clare Bone and Vikki Watt are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Prison Officers Association Scotland (POA)

Scottish Police Federation

Work highlights

  • Acted for a prison officer accused of assaulting a prisoner.
  • Successfully represented a retiree at trial in respect of an allegation of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP handles contentious new licence applications, major and minor licence variation applications, personal licence applications and licence review hearings, among others, as stand-alone matters or part of wider transactional instructions. Handling work for hotels, pubs, clubs and restaurants counts as particular area of expertise for Nicolas McBride's team.

Practice head(s):Nicolas McBridge

Other key lawyers:Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly

Key Clients

Bay Hotels

Coast & Country Hotels

Lloyds Banking Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

Crieff Hydro

Viva Brazil

Lane7

Kimble’s Chocolates

Calmont Developments

AK Investments (Scotland)

Work highlights

  • Handling various liquor licensing aspects and a premises transfer application as part of Jewel Trustees' sale of a major hotel in Scotland.
  • Assisting Gourmet Burger Kitchen with an application for a new pavement licence (and related roads consent) for outdoor on-street drinking areas.
  • Acting for Glasgow-based delicatessen operator Treffiano in an application for a new premises licence for the sale of alcohol from deli premises.
  • Undertaking all licensing work for Bay Hotels, including the transfer of a premises licence.
  • Handling all licensing work for Coast & Country Hotels.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

Grant Hunter's 'strong' team at BTO Solicitors LLP is adept at handling insolvency-related, insurance and professional negligence commercial litigation while also having experience in corporate and partnership disputes. Its client base spans various industries including insurance, banking and finance, construction and property as well as renewable energy; the team also acts for individuals. David Young is recommended for property-related litigation. Tony Jones QC moved to Brodies LLP in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:Bill Speirs; Dorothy Hatfield; Paul Motion; Mark Morton; Angus Crawford; Robin MacPherson; David Young

Testimonials

'Confident and calm team.'

'Paul Motion is highly experienced.'

Key Clients

AIG Europe

Stena Line Ports

Chubb

Cigna UK

Lloyds Banking Group

NFU Mutual

Post Office

RSA Group

Trump International Golf Links Scotland

Coface UK

Work highlights

  • Defended a Scottish hotelier against the pursuer seeking payment of substantial sums said to haven arisen in respect of management and facilities services provided to the hotel.
  • Acted for Berwickshire Housing Association in a contractual dispute with a developer pertaining to the construction and purchase of two turnkey housing developments comprising 32 and 40 houses respectively.
  • Acting for plc client Pendragon in a Lands Tribunal appeal for compensation arising out of a compulsory purchase order by Glasgow City Council to build a link road through commercial premises operated by the client in Glasgow.
Next Generation Partners

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong profile for property management work, which frequently involves rent arrears, while, as another key area of expertise, banks regularly instruct the 'knowledgeable' team to handle insolvency-related matters. 'Supportive' litigator Grant Hunter is the main contact and also acts in defence of debt recovery actions.

Practice head(s):Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:Dorothy Hatfield; David Young

Testimonials

'The firm is very much on the ball and can be relied upon to deliver good results.'

'The team is easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Group Recoveries Commercial Banking

American Express Services Europe

Coface UK

Cigna Global Health

Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Clyde Valley Group

Life Property Management

Speirs Gumley Property Management

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA)

Barony Universal Products

Greenbelt Group

Stena Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Scottish hotelier in defence of commercial proceedings brought by a company against the client seeking payment of substantial sums said to have arisen in respect of management and facilities services to a hotel.
  • Ongoing assistance to Life Property Management with the issuance of demand letters and subsequent court actions.  
  • Assisting a landlord with the recovery of significant rent arrears.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

At BTO Solicitors LLP, the insolvency and corproate recovery group primarily handles insolvency litigation and shareholder and boardroom disputes. The team provides advice and representation to directors pre- and post-insolvency including directors’ duties or disqualification proceedings and personal liability claims. Dorothy Hatfield and Grant Hunter lead the insolvency litigation group, and Alastair Dunn heads up the advisory and restructuring advice.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Hatfield; Grant Hunter; Alastair Dunn

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Dooneen Limited t/a McGiness Associates

American Express Services Europe Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Hastings & Co

Begbies Traynor

Campbell Dallas

Johnston Carmichael

WRI Associates

Coface UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully dismissed an appeal for Dooneen following a claim in the Court of Session against an Insolvency Practitioner regarding who was entitled to a PPI claim where there had been an intervening insolvency.
  • Handled the appointment of joint administrators for Greenlight Environmental.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP serves a broad client base consisting of individuals, small and large companies alongside membership organisations and insurance companies. The team's expertise spans various sectors, but it is particularly noted for its experience in the healthcare industry including its niche advising doctors and dentists on regulatory and disciplinary issues. Much of its work pertains to contentious and non-contentious whistleblowing, discrimination, holiday pay, minimum wage and TUPE matters. 'Good advisor' Caroline Carr heads the team, which includes Laura Salmond; Salmond is 'always available and provides first-class advice' on the full range of employment law.

Practice head(s):Caroline Carr

Other key lawyers:David Hoey; Laura Salmond; Rhona Wark

Testimonials

'Makes the client feel important.'

'Immediate responses to enquiries.'

'Takes the time to understand the client's business to give tailored advice.'

'David Hoey is an absolute legend.'

Key Clients

Prisoner Officers’ Association for Scotland

Booth Welsh Automation

Key Housing Association

Royal & Sun Alliance

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Chubb Insurance UK

Duddingston Golf Club

City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Prison Officers Association (Scotland) to advise over 3,000 members and their immediate family on a wide range of employment matters including discrimination, capability, misconduct, whistleblowing and data protection.
  • Advised Booth Welsh Automation on TUPE, redundancy, discipline and high level exists and successfully defended a claim in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Providing advice to Key Housing Association and Community Lifestyles on a rage of employment law matters including holiday pay and the national minimum wage.
  • Providing advice to Chubb Insurance’s large corporate insured on their employment claims via their Employment Practices Liability insurance policies.
  • Represented a member of the Royal College of Nursing in a minimum wage claim.
Next Generation Partners

Laura Salmond - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'vastly experienced and professional' regulatory defence practice is a respected player in the market and acts for an impressive client roster spanning various industries including sport, agriculture, retail, transport, construction, food and drink and manufacturing, among others, while the team is also noted for its work on behalf of insurers. The 'excellent' Clare Bone, who is also 'very pleasant to work with', and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Vikki Watt jointly head the practice. Associate and regulatory defence lawyer David Cairns is 'up and coming' and associate Lindsay MacNeill, who joined the team in March 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP, is noted for her 'straight-forward advice'.

Practice head(s):Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Gillies; David Cairns; Lindsay MacNeill

Testimonials

'They are peerless at anticipating and managing risks.'

'Professional, approachable and calming in stressful moments.'

'Clare Bone and Vikki Watt have an unmatched blend of experience, knowledge and communication skills.'

'When a client faces challenges, the team provides prompt and professional solutions.'

'The team is 100% supportive and takes the time to explain matters carefully and clearly.'

'Response times to enquiries are excellent.'

'Second to none.'

'The team has a drive to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.'

Key Clients

Orkney Cheese Company

Bakkavor Foods

Twatt Potatoes

Inex Works

AIG Europe

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

CHUBB European Group

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Cunningham Lindsey

Work highlights

  • Acted for leading fresh foods wholesaler Bakkavor Foods in a prosecution following the death of one of its employees from a head injury incurred from a falling crane.
  • Acted for Orkney Cheese Company in a prosecution concerning a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
  • Advised Inex Works Civils following an HSE investigation into a work at height incident occurring on one of their customer sites.
  • Successfully represented Alan Twatt Potatoes following a health and safety investigation into an incident where an employee fell from a makeshift platform on a forklift truck.
Leading individuals

Clare Bone - BTO Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

David Cairns - BTO Solicitors LLP

Lindsay MacNeill - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP has a proven track record of defending GPs and healthcare professionals on behalf of Scotland’s major defence organisations, focusing predominantly on fatal cases, misdiagnosis claims and dentist negligence. The team has taken part in every medical public inquiry in Scotland under the Public Inquries Act 2005. Laura Donald and associate Stephen Waclawski are both solicitor-advocates with extended rights of audience in the Civil Courts. Donald and the 'hugely experienced' Douglas Jessiman - who in recent years has been involved in public inquiries in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland - are described as 'the two best solicitors in this field in Scotland'.

Practice head(s):Douglas Jessiman; Laura Donald

Other key lawyers:Stephen Waclawski

Testimonials

'A strong medical negligence team with key players in the sector.'

'Highly knowledgeable, organised and cohesive team with real legal expertise and understanding of this difficult area of law.'

'Heavily relied upon by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and the Medical Defence Union Limited to run litigation for members in their stead.'

'Laura Donald, Douglas Jessiman and Stephen Waclawski have years of experience handling high value, legally and technically challenging litigation with ease.'

'Douglas Jessiman is very practical and strategic, he can accurately predict the outcome of a case from the outset and sees the strong points that are worth taking. His huge experience is very reassuring to clients and he has such a deep reservoir of knowledge, combined with a great sense of strategy, that he is always a brilliant choice for representation.'

'Cara Docherty is a calm and steadying influence in any case. She works incredibly hard and has very good judgement. Clients really value her pragmatic approach and strategic brain.'

'Jennifer King is phenomenally hard working and super-efficient. She keeps on top of every detail in a case and clients (and the whole legal team) take great reassurance from knowing that she is on top of everything and ahead of the game (and the other side) in terms of case management and preparation.'

'Douglas Jessiman has a knowledge and experience which is at the highest level, combined with an agreeable personality which gives confidence to professionals who are the subject of a claim.'

'Laura Donald and Douglas Jessiman are, in my view, the two best solicitors in this field in Scotland. They have unrivalled experience of dealing with difficult regulatory proceedings involving health professionals and have unrivalled experience.'

Key Clients

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Medical Defence Union Limited

Leading individuals

Douglas Jessiman - BTO Solicitors LLP

Laura Donald - BTO Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Stephen Waclawski - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team of 'recognised masters in Scottish PI defence work' is led by solicitor-advocate Stephen Bryceland. The large practice acts for brokers, insurers and self-insured companies defending claims in all areas of personal injury, with notable strength handling claims relating to fraud, farming accidents and offshore accidents. Carly Forrest is a civil solicitor-advocate known for acting in cases with an international element.

Practice head(s):Stephen Bryceland

Other key lawyers:Carly Forrest

Testimonials

'BTO's expertise in insurance-specific matters is unrivalled.'

'BTO's team are recognised masters of their jurisdiction in Scottish PI defence work.' 

'The team provides seamless service, outstanding results and consistent value.'

'A team built on stability, experience, professionalism & customer service - and they are always willing to innovate.'

'Partners Catherine Currie, Carly Forrest and Garry Ferguson are exceptional defenders, demonstrating thoroughness in their preparation and delivering consistent success in execution.'

Key Clients

RSA

AIG Europe Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

CHUBB European Group Limited

MPS, MDDUS & MDU

Gallagher Bassett

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

Lockheed Martin

Cunningham Lindsey

UK General Insurance

Riverstone Europe

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NFU Mutual following a farm accident resulting in no damages being paid, recovery of full expenses in excess of six figures and the defenders being awarded an additional fee given the complexity and novelty of the case.
  • Successfully detected fraud and defended RSA in a road traffic claim resulting in the pursuer agreeing to abandon her claim.
  • Secured a seven-figure saving for a major UK insurer and an award of expenses in favour of the firm's clients following a catastrophic road accident.
  • Achieved settlement prior to proof for Aspen Insurance UK in a claim against the company for damages following a catastrophic injury sustained at work by the pursuer, resulting in a significant saving on costs circa £2m.
Leading individuals

Carly Forrest - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP’s defendant-focused practice acts for the insurers of architects, accountants, engineers, surveyors, solicitors and construction professionals, as well as insurance brokers. The team has experience dealing with complex multi-party claims in all areas of professional negligence, with recent cases involving aspects such as breach of fiduciary duty and alleged loss of opportunity. Alan Eadie, a qualified mediator, has a track record of acting in multimillion-pound disputes arising from large construction projects and in acting for the master policy insurers in solicitor negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Alan Eadie; Ashley Mawby

Key Clients

RSA Group

Aviva plc

W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Limited

AIG Europe Limited

RIAS Insurance Scheme

Riverstone Management Ltd (formerly Brit Insurance)

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE

Towergate

Markel International

DAS UK Group

Axis Speciality Europe

Allianz

Leading individuals

Alan Eadie - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'exceptional' practice is regularly instructed by clients who wish to gain SCIO status and handles a large volume of matters for charitable registered social landlords, advising them on all aspects of their business, including employment disputes, lease arrangements and site licenses. The team shows further expertise handling employment tribunal claims on behalf of employers, such as West Lothian College, and advising a range of clients on GDPR compliance. The 'very experienced' Marion Davis takes the lead with most clients and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team in terms of SCIO compliance and constitutional matters, thanks to her OSCR secondment.

Practice head(s):Patrice Fabien; Marion Davis

Other key lawyers:Marion Davis

Testimonials

'Very good knowledge of charities and associated corporate and business law.' 

'BTO's professionalism, knowledge and reputation as a sector leader is exceptional, as well as the support they provide to you on a practical level.'

'An outstanding legal practice.'

'Marion Davis is the key person in the charities practice. She is very experienced and ready to find solutions.'

Key Clients

Royal National Lifeboat Institute

Whistleblowing International Network

Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

The Citizens Theatre

Argyll Community Housing Association Limited

CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children

Epilepsy Action Scotland

Thistle Housing Association Limited

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland

Hillhead Housing Association 2000

Greenock Arts Guild Limited

East Ayrshire Carers Centre

The Scottish Cremation Society Limited

Clyde Valley Housing Association Ltd

Southside Housing Association Ltd

Cathcart and District Housing Association Limited

Partick Housing Association Limited

Craigdale Housing Association Limited

McSence Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on constitutional options and assisted to incorporate and achieve charity registration for the Whistleblowing International Network.
  • Assisting the Student’s Association of the University of the West of Scotland to move from its current unincorporated association form to a company limited by guarantee.
  • Advising The Architectural Heritage Fund in connection with funding arrangements for various charities.
  • Advised on the setting up of two separate charities - both supporting arts, culture and heritage, but operating in different locations with different focuses; achieving registration for the first, with work continuing on the second.
Leading individuals

Marion Davis - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'approachable and knowledgeable' family law team advises high net worth individuals in cohabitation and divorce disputes which relate to tax issues, dissipation of assets, property transfers, shared company interests and various other contentious points, as well as acting in child contact cases. 'Personable and skilled' practitioner Lesley Gordon is a go-to lawyer for divorce cases in which the parties are business partners.

Practice head(s):Lesley Gordon

Testimonials

'Lesley Gordon understands the key issues - she is particularly skilled at collaborative practice and is personable to deal with.'

'The family law team in Glasgow are friendly, approachable, sensible and knowledgeable in what they do.'

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team is best known for advising executors, often with significant business interests, on succession planning and tax mitigation, while it also has expertise managing contentious issues such as legal rights claims and the misappropriation of funds by beneficiaries. The team are also relied upon to set up and administer private and charitable trusts to carry forward assets in a tax-efficient manner. Ross Brown is not only skilled in the drafting and administration of powers of attorney; he also has experience dealing with executors of deceased individuals with heritable property in multiple jurisdictions. Former private client head Roddy Harrison left to join Dentons in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Ross Brown; Lynne Melville

Testimonials

"The team has a commitment to personal service with partners engaging with clients and not delegating work to junior staff, but at the same time keeping fee levels at a reasonable level."

"Ross Brown is quick to understand clients' situations and pitches his advice and approach to each case in a sensible, sensitive and appropriate way."

Work highlights

  • Advising on the tax matters associated with a landed estate worth in excess of £5m upon which both shooting and agricultural activities take place.
  • Providing tax and succession planning advice to a family with an estate valuing circa £8m including a percentage holding in a successful restaurant business, assets in Europe and associated trusts.
  • Handling an executory worth £500,000 with several complex tax elements.
  • Advising on the administration of a complex £1.5m estate with an extensive property portfolio and numerous business interests.
  • Advising the executors of an estate to maximise the exemptions available to include the preparation of a deed of variation, the applicability of the reduced rate of IHT and the submission of a loss of sale of shares claim.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's renewable energy team is jointly led by Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen and regularly acts for surveyors, accountants, banks and other legal firms. The group regularly leverages the firm's wider commercial litigation group and represents commercial developers and operators, community renewables groups and projects, and landowners on the diversification of landed estates for wind and hydro developments.

Practice head(s):Nicholas McBride; Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:Scott Wyper

Key Clients

Triodos Bank N.V.

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Northern Energy developments Limited

Baldowrie Estate

Ederline Estate

Luss Estates Company

Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP

Inver Hydro Limited

Turnalt Hydro Limited

Srondoire Wind Farmers Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Triodos Bank on the refinancing of an operational single-turbine community wind farm from another funder.
  • Instructed by Appin Hydro to advise on the corporate structure of a joint venture project as well as the funding aspects.
  • Assisted Angus Braidwood & Sons with an option and lease agreement relating to the Abbotshaugh Reserve Power Facility.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of education sector work with a focus on sector-specific employment, cyber security and data protection matters alongside online reputation, charity law, construction and real estate issues, including litigation. Paul Motion leads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Motion

Key Clients

Glasgow Kelvin College

George Watson's College

Glasgow Academy

Glenalmond College

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

Work highlights

  • Advising the college on various employment and HR matters, including employment tribunal claims, settlement agreements, grievances, disciplinary matters and collective industrial relation issues.
  • Assisting the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) with the move from its current unincorporated association form to a company limited by guarantee.
  • Acting for an independent school following allegations of failure to provide a proper education, proper pastoral care and medical malpractice; the claim was brought by the parents of a pupil.
  • Assisting the academy with the implementation of GDPR and other general data protection.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

The real estate practice at BTO Solicitors LLP covers the full gamut of work for a variety of clients including private overseas investors and developers; the group also assists estates with diversification projects. David Gibson leads the group and is acting for the Scottish Football Association on all property aspects of the selection of the National Stadium. Other key practitioners include Jane Steel, who focuses on the retail sector; Scott Buchan, who has notable expertise in investment and development work; and newly promoted partner Jennifer Whitelaw.

Practice head(s):David Gibson

Other key lawyers:Scott Buchan; Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly; Peter Graham; Karen Brodie; Nicolas McBride

Testimonials

'The legal team at BTO knows and understands its clients and their requirements. Its lawyers are able to pre-empt legal issues, which enables clients to manage the processes in an effective and pro-active manner.'

'Its high level of personal service is a distinguishing mark for BTO. One of the firm's key strengths is its detailed knowledge of the legal requirements surrounding the commercial property market.'

'Karen Brodie understands the pressures and issues affecting voluntary organisations who are reliant on public purse funds and will review contracts ensuring that the level of risk to the organisation is minimised.'

'Jane Steel and Angela Allison both provide excellent service and advice. Jane has great experience in the legal profession and is very ably supported by Angela.'

Key Clients

Boultbee Land plc

Calmont Group

A S Homes (Scotland) Limited

Isle of Arran Distillers Limited

Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Waterhill Property Group Limited

TUI Travel Group

William Morton Limited t/a Inverarity Morton

Wirefox Management/Wirefox Investment Group

Standard Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised the Scottish Football Association on all the property aspects of the selection of the National Stadium.
  • Handled all property work relating to the Mar Hall golf and hotel complex and related disposal negotiations for Mar Estates.
  • Assisted Stena Line Group with all the Scottish property and security issues relating to its ferry and port interests in Scotland including a refinance arrangement.
  • Assisted Standard Real Estate with the purchase of a multi-tenanted investment property from Peel Properties.
  • Advising AS Homes (Scotland) and its subsidiary Briar Homes on the acquisition of six development sites in the Central Belt of Scotland.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

'Dealing with matters in a very prompt and timely manner', BTO Solicitors LLP is routinely called upon to act for clients in construction and engineering disputes involving insurance, liability and quantum matters alongside alleged defective designs, cost overruns and construction delays. The practice, led by the 'very helpful' Jilly Petrie, also handles adjudications and acts for developers, contractors and industry bodies.

Practice head(s):Jilly Petrie

Other key lawyers:Ann O'Connell; Mark Morton

Testimonials

'Gets to the heart of the matter very quickly and identifies the key issues that are of particular significance.'

'Very good communicators.'

'Jilly Petrie is always available to take a call to discuss matters.'

Key Clients

SRB Civil Engineering Limited (UK)

Turner Group

Partick Housing Association

Oberlanders Architects

Akela Construction

Hunter & Morrisons

Hadden Construction

AECOM

Federation of Master Builders

Reigart Contracts

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Hunter & Morrisons, in defending a Court of Session action raised at the instance of Shetland Islands Council involving a high-profile design and build office accommodation project in Lerwick, Shetland.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's client base consists of insurers, housebuilders, estate owners and property developers, who regularly retain the 'sharp' team led by Mark Morton to assist with contentious property contract matters, eviction and various damage claims, including those arising from compulsory purchase orders. David Young is recommended for various commercial property disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Morton

Other key lawyers:Grant Hunter; David Young; Angus Crawford; Robin Macpherson

Testimonials

'The team always has a clear explanation of the options and associated risks to ensure that clients are clear on what happens.'

'Clear and concise communications.'

'They know how to listen to their clients and adapt their advice and recommendations to suit the client's business, not themselves.'

Key Clients

RSA

Pendragon

Mactaggart and Mickel Group

AG Barr

Barony Universal Products

Stena Line Ports

Clyde Valley Group

Greenbelt Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with contentious maintenance obligations matters.
  • Acting for the client in a Lands Tribunal appeal for compensation arising out of a compulsory purchase order by Glasgow City Council to build a link road through commercial premises operated by the client.
  • Obtained a decree of eviction for the client against a tenant convicted of drug dealing, possession of drugs and offences in breach of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act.
  • Instructed in the defence of commercial proceedings brought by a company against the client company seeking payment of substantial sums said to have arisen in respect of management and facilities services to a hotel.
Next Generation Partners

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP's wide-ranging social housing expertise leads to regular instructions from RSLs on group structure, governance, data protection, employment and construction issues alongside funding agreements, site acquisitions and contentious matters. 'Outstanding' team head Patrice Fabien is a highly regarded figure in the market.

Practice head(s):Patrice Fabien

Other key lawyers:Karen Brodie; David Young; Caroline Carr; Grant Hunter

Testimonials

'Exceptionally professional practice that communicates well with clients on all levels.'

'The team fully understands the needs of the client and goes above and beyond what is required.'

'Very down to earth whilst remaining completely professional at all times.'

'Always alert to the client's interests.'

Key Clients

Argyll Community Housing Association

Clyde Valley Housing Association

Thistle Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

Partick Housing Association

Berwickshire Housing Association

Spire View Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Providing regular advice to Grampian Housing Association on shared ownership properties and group structure matters.
  • Acting as the client's sole legal advisors, the team provides regular advice on private finance placements, governance and data protection matters as well as construction contracts and disputes, among other issues.
  • Assisting the Partick Housing Group with a major regeneration development project, as well as a review of all the clients’ titles.  
  • Completed 13 site acquisitions throughout the Central Belt with an overall development value of several million pounds.
  • Concluded four site acquisitions for Loreburn Housing Association and addressed all ancillary matters, including deeds of servitude and planning agreements.
Leading individuals

Patrice Fabien - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP is singled out for its contentious IP work including passing off matters, trade mark and copyright infringements, database infringements, restrictive covenant breaches, domain disputes, website IP disputes and content take-downs. The team's client base spans a variety of sectors including the retail, charity, leisure, IT and media industries. Litigator Paul Motion heads up the group, which also fields newly promoted partner Lynn Richmond.

Practice head(s):Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:Lynn Richmond

Key Clients

Springbank Distillers Ltd

Epicurean Dairy (UK) Ltd t/a The Collective

Quorum Cyber Security Ltd

Milton Hotels Ltd

Fathom Financial Consulting Ltd

Kingfisher Building Products Ltd

Johnston Carmichael LLP

The Big Partnership Group Ltd

Turner Iceni Ltd

Ian Henderson

Gleann Mor Spirits Co Ltd t/a Leith Rum

William Cadenhead Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Epicurean Dairy in a passing-off claim against Aldi relating to the packaging of one of the clients products.
  • Assisting Quorum Cyber Security with IP issues related to its delivery of cyber security services including the revision of standard contracts and terms and conditions for its services and products.
  • Advising Turner Iceni on the drafting of an agreement with a third party relating to a joint venture for the development of software and related technology.
  • Representing Gleann Mor Spirits in an application for a UK trade mark, which was refused by the UK registry.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP focuses on advising individuals and private companies on reputution management, including social media management, defamation proceedings, and strategic media advice. Solicitor advocate Paul Motion, who is dual accredited in data protection and freedom of information law, often advises clients in the music industry on artist management, recording and production contracts. The firm is also launching a music team following the hire of Jonathan Tait, who has a background in the music industry and music education.

Practice head(s):Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Tait

Key Clients

EmuBands

McTaggart & Mickel

Fathom Financial Consulting Ltd

Milton Hotels

Heather Hiram t/a Safe and Sound Hound

Work highlights

  • Advised EmuBands, a record producer and distributor, on a social media takedown letter issued against Facebook in relation to a defamation claim.
  • Advised Mactaggart & Mickel on a social media takedown letter issued against Facebook in relation to a defamation claim.
  • Provided strategic advice to a major housing association in response to a negative blog campaign.
Leading individuals

Paul Motion - BTO Solicitors LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of matters for the Scottish Football Association, including advising on the hosting of major sporting events, commercial contracts, acquisitions and partnership agreements between sporting bodies and rules revision exercises. The team recently advised the SFA on the high-profile acquisition of national football stadium Hampden Park from Queen’s Park Football Club. The team is led by Andrew Sleigh, who 'really understands the issues that sports clubs face', while Gary Booth provides corporate governance and commercial contracts advice to football clubs and the SFA.

Practice head(s):Andrew Sleigh

Other key lawyers:Gary Booth

Key Clients

Scottish Football Association

Hampden Park Limited

Royal Troon Golf Club

Tommy Gilmour Sports Promotions

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Scottish FA in relation to the acquisition of title to Hampden Park from Queen’s Park Football Club.
  • Provided ongoing advice in relation to the hosting of matches during Euro 2020 Championships at Hampden, including finalisation of the cooperation agreement with UEFA.

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