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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Clare Bone

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Health and Safety, Corporate Crime, Insurance.


Partner and Criminal Solicitor Advocate

Clare is a Criminal Solicitor Advocate and heads up BTO’s well regarded Health & Safety, Regulatory and Criminal Defence team. Recognised as a formidable litigator with excellent subject knowledge, she specialises in the defence of Health & Safety and other regulatory prosecutions in both summary and solemn proceedings. She also appears regularly on behalf of clients at Fatal Accident Inquiries. Clients frequently call on Clare’s advice and guidance in the immediate aftermath of an incident, to assist them in dealing with the police and/or HSE investigation. She is frequently asked to provide bespoke training on health and safety matters, and her guidance is often sought regarding the creation of appropriate incident management systems. Current client base covers the construction, manufacturing, engineering, offshore, leisure, agricultural, retail, haulage and housing sectors.


Assistant /Associate, BTO Solicitors LLP (2001 – 2003); Criminal Solicitor Advocate (2004); Assistant HBM Sayers (2001); Procurator Fiscal Depute, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (1997 – 2001).


French and German.


Society of Solicitor Advocates; Health and Safety Lawyers' Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Hutchesons’ Grammar School; Strathclyde University (1996 LLB (Hons) Dip LP).


Foreign travel and running.

Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Acting for individuals and companies, BTO Solicitors LLP handles internal investigations, fraud, embezzlement and corruption matters. Alasdair Gillies represented an individual, who was charged with embezzlement and breach of trust. Team head Clare Bone assisted a client with internal investigations into bribery and corruption offences.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong profile for defending police personnel in a wide range of allegations, including serious injury, abduction, rape and assault. Other areas of expertise include criminal defence work pertaining to careless driving allegations. In 2016, Alasdair Gillies represented a police officer at trial, who was accused of causing serious injury by careless driving while on duty. Gillies also led the defence team in a trial where the accused faced five charges of sexual assault; three of the charges were subsequently dropped. In a separate matter, he successfully defended a police sergeant against allegations of an on-duty assault against a prisoner held in custody. Clare Bone heads the practice.

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Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Clare Bone - BTO Solicitors LLP

Within: Health and safety

Handling regulatory defence work arising from serious and fatal injury and accident cases is a significant element of BTO Solicitors LLP’s practice, which regularly represents clients in investigations by regulators such as the HSE and MCA, as well as local authorities. The highly regarded Clare Bone jointly heads the team with Vikki Watt and acted for Marine Harvest in a HSE investigation following a serious injury incurred by an employee. Similarly, Watt acted for Rodger Builders in an HSE and police investigation, which was treated as a potential corporate homicide case, following a fatality on a farm involving one of the client’s longstanding employees. Watt also acted for holiday park operator Loch Earn Caravan Parks following a fatal accident at the on-site swimming pool. This included representation in HSE and police investigations, as well as the subsequent prosecution process. Other clients include AIG, NFU Mutual Insurance Society and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes. Alasdair Gillies is another key member of the team.

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