BTO is an independent, innovative and well respected Scottish law firm which has enjoyed consistent growth for almost two decades.
The firm: BTO provides ‘first-class’ legal services and caters for the Scots law needs of commercial and private clients, with the capability to provide international legal advice through the Mackrell International network and other contacts. The firm is viewed by its clients as client-focused, pragmatic and providing value for money. Its lawyers are known for being decisive and to the point, delivering advice that is always tailored to the particular issues and corresponding risks faced by their clients. Clients range from major insurers to the main medical defence organisations, housebuilders, established manufacturers, well known retailers, financial institutions, public sector organisations and individuals.
Types of work undertaken: Commercial and insurance-related litigation, corporate, commercial and residential property and services for individuals. Niche teams include: ADVantage advocacy service, banking, construction and engineering, disease claims, data protection defence, education, employment, family law, health and safety, insolvency, recoveries, regeneration, renewable energy, rural business, technology and IP, third sector, social housing and online reputation protection.
Litigation: BTO has one of the largest teams in Scotland. Recent work includes the case of Esso Petroleum Company Limited v Scottish Ministers and Others, acting on behalf of the M74 Interlink joint venture in defending this claim (£3m). BTO‘s ADVantage advocacy team has one of the highest headcounts of solicitor advocates in Scotland with 14 civil and two criminal solicitor advocates. Clients value the continuity of representation and cost benefits that this service provides. BTO also employs two former procurators fiscal, both of whom are qualified criminal solicitor advocates. They focus on white-collar crime and health and safety matters within the largest independent and dedicated health and safety team operating in Scotland, all of whose caseloads are 100% regulatory defence work.
Insurance: BTO’s insurance team alone has increased by on average 20% in each of the last five years and it has a 100% client retention rate. The team represents a number of major insurers and has the broadest range of specialist insurance-based legal skills in Scotland. It is frequently instructed by insurers in matters which have cross-border issues and in cases involving multi-jurisdictional claims. The team’s regular conferences hosted in Lloyd’s of London are well received by the insurance sector.
Corporate: renowned for its expertise in the SME/private company sector, the team has experience of a range of corporate and commercial matters in many jurisdictions, including cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. The team is distinguished by its credentials in advising in some of the most high-profile issues in the worlds of football, golf and boxing. In addition, having advised some of Scotland’s best known distillers, extensive knowledge of the whisky sector gives BTO a further edge.
Real estate and construction: a diversely skilled team in the property sphere. Recent work includes advising a purchaser – a high-net-worth foreign investor – on its first acquisition in Scotland involving the iconic Ca’d’oro Building in Glasgow City Centre. In addition to mainstream property work, the team acts for a substantial number of exclusive fashion and luxury goods retailers and travel agents and has developed a niche practice in these areas. It also remains the ‘go to’ firm for commercial property work in the leisure and hospitality sector. The firm’s construction and engineering team continues to expand and enhance its offering in both contentious and non-contentious legal matters.
Cyber risk and data protection defence: a growth area for BTO’s data protection defence team which was involved in the first successful UK appeal against a (£250,000) monetary penalty notice served on a local authority after a widely publicised data protection breach.
Renewable energy: acts in projects of all sizes, from those involving major international funders to others involving community-driven ventures, where it has unrivalled experience. The firm’s expanding rural business team advises farmers, landowners and estates on property, company and business law, tax and succession planning and diversification, particularly diversification of landed estates.
Media and entertainment: a solid reputation in this area has led to the team being invited for eight successive years to present workshops for theatrical agents and managers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Family: the team has been involved in some of the biggest financial provision cases in Scotland. It is also regularly involved in cross-border cases dealing with both money and children. The team is highly regarded for its work on high-value estate administration, including complex restructuring for tax purposes, domicile, cross-border estates and legal rights disputes.
Number of UK partners 47
Number of other UK fee-earners 87
Above material supplied by BTO Solicitors LLP.