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Julie Scott-Gilroy

Work 0131 222 2939
BTO Solicitors LLP

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Construction and Engineering



Julie specialises in construction and engineering dispute resolution. She regularly advises clients on litigations, construction arbitrations, adjudications and mediations.

Julie acts for a variety of clients including employers (private and public), contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and insurers. Her recent work includes acting for clients in adjudications relating to design defects, payment and defective works.

Julie regularly provides advice on contract interpretation, variations and claims for extensions of time. She also provides advice to English firms in respect of Scots law matters.

She promotes the importance of working collaboratively with the client team and experts in achieving success. Julie has built up specialist knowledge in construction law, which enables her to understand the needs and concerns of her clients.   In addition to the foregoing, Julie is a regular contributor to blogs for PL Construction.

Recent work highlights include:

  • Acting for a large Sub-Contractor in an adjudication relation to a final account dispute.  This was a complex adjudication, which lasted several months and resulted in a favourable outcome;
  • Advising a large contractor in respect of payment of milestones under a contract.  The contract terms were ambiguous and involved complex contractual interpretation issues;
  • Acting on behalf of a large insurer in pursuing a subrogated claim against an engineer in respect of a defective design claim;
  • Acting for a designer in respect of defending a multi-million pound claim relating to a defective road design;
  • Acting on behalf of a maintenance company in pursuing a claim for payment following the termination of their contract.


Trainee Solicitor, A & W M Urquhart (2006 – 2008); Solicitor, Burness LLP (2008 -2010); Senior Solicitor, Burness Paull LLP (2010 – 2014); Associate, BTO Solicitors LLP (2014 – Present)


Law Society of Scotland

Society of Construction Law


University of Dundee LLB (Hons) (2001 - 2005); University of Dundee Diploma in Legal Practice (2005 - 2006)

Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a mix of contentious construction matters, which includes cases involving complex insurance/liability/quantum issues, contractual disputes and conflicts over final accounts and extensions of time, challenges to certification and construction defects. Jilly Petrie has particular expertise in this area. In addition, practice head Sandra Cassels specialises in construction and engineering dispute resolution. Elsewhere, the group advises on the non-contentious aspects of projects at all stages from inception to completion. It acts for a broad base of clients, including contractors, sub-contractors, local authorities, developers and funders. In 2017, Cassels and associate Caroline Earnshaw acted for Tigh Grian Limited in the delivery of 48 sustainable, energy-efficient and affordable homes to Link and Paragon Housing Associations. A notable growth area for the firm has been in mandates from hotel and leisure sector developers, with the team negotiating building contracts, professional appointment agreements, development agreements and facility agreements. Consultant Ann O’Connell, and associates Julie Scott-Gilroy and Claire Mills, are also recommended.

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