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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow

David Gibson

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Real estate, property/commercial.



One of the most experienced commercial property practitioners in the Scottish market and highly regarded among his many clients who value David's blend of corporate and commercial property skills and depth of experience across an impressive range of sectors. Expert in corporate structures, public/private JVs, development projects, infrastructure, landed estates, charities, retail and renewable energy schemes. Client base straddles property and corporate markets. Advises national and multi-national companies, estates, charities, funders, public sector bodies, SMEs and others including e.g. Luss Estates Company, Audit Scotland, United Biscuits, Stena Line Group, TUI Group, Calor Gas, Isle of Arran Distillers, The Architectural Heritage Fund, and Clic Sargent. Heads the firm’s multi discipline Marine Energy and Ports Group and lead partner in Rural Business and Renewable Energy Units.


Trained W & J Burness WS; qualified 1986, partner BTO Solicitors LLP 2011. Partner W&J Burness WS/Burness LLP (1990-2011); partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2011 to date).

Publications of note: various press articles; advisory panel to Scottish Law Commission re Assignations in Security.


Conversational French.


Writer to the Signet.


Bishopbriggs High; Edinburgh University (1984 LLB Hons Dip LP).


Golf (Glasgow Golf Club; Crail Golf Club); classic cars.

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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