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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Alan Borthwick

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Real estate, property.


Chairman and Partner

Alan is the Chairman and senior partner within BTO’s real estate team, responsible for many of the firm’s key clients and looking after high value and complex transactions. He acts for a wide variety of PLCs, institutions, investors, estates and major developers with commercial property interests. He advises on investment acquisitions and sales, leasing and development work, site assembly and general portfolio management. Alan specialises in residential housing development, advising on option agreements, site assembly and disposal transactions. He also advises several charities and not-for-profit organisations on various aspects of their business.


Trained Brechin Robb, Glasgow; qualified (1979); assistant, Tindal Oatts (1981-83); assistant, Brechin Robb (1979-81); partner BTO Solicitors LLP (1983 - present); chairman of BTO Solicitors LLP (2014 - present).


Trustee of the following charities: The Baird Trust and the Pollock Charitable Trusts; past board and executive committee member of Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) (1993 – 2005); past Council Member of the Law Society of Scotland; Currently occasional ad hoc member of Law Society committees.


Glasgow Academy; University of Glasgow (1977) LLB.


Skiing, cycling, golf.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

BTO Solicitors LLP’s practice handles a range of issues for various stakeholders in the renewable/alternative energy sector, including corporate structures, project finance and asset finance, commercial contracts, investments into projects and site acquisitions. Its wide-ranging experience encompasses schemes related to onshore wind, solar, hydro, biomass, community renewables and energy-from-waste. Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen jointly head the team, which acted for Garbhaig Hydro Power Company on the redevelopment of a 2MW storage hydro scheme, and advised Triodos Bank on the financing of a three-turbine wind farm, which is being developed as a joint venture between Community Energy Scotland and a housing association. Scott Wyper, chairman Alan Borthwick and David Gibson are other key partners in the team, which includes associates Marieclaire Reid, Jennifer Whitelaw and Caroline Earnshaw.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of issues for developers, housebuilders, charities and retailers, among other clients. In 2016 Graeme Kelly led a team, which acted for Rockford Portfolio Limited in its portfolio acquisition of nine office buildings in six separate locations in Lanarkshire. Another highlight involved David Gibson and associate Manjit Hunjan advising Isle of Arran Distillers on the development of a new whisky distiller, which included assisting the client with a site acquisition. The firm also acts for other clients, such as Mactaggart & Mickel Group, The Architectural Heritage Fund and Stena Line group. Gibson jointly heads the practice with chairman Alan Borthwick, who is experienced in strategic land development projects, and is active in renewables sector matters. Jane Steel undertakes a significant amount of work for retail sector clients such as Adidas, Maplin and Superdry. Other key partners include Scott Buchan, Nicolas McBride and Peter Graham. Associates Marieclaire Reid and Donnie Robertson are also recommended.

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