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BTO Solicitors LLP

48 ST VINCENT STREET, GLASGOW, G2 5HS, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Fax:
Fax 0141 221 7803
DX:
GW96 GLASGOW
Email:
Web:
www.bto.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Dorothy Hatfield

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insolvency and restructuring, commercial dispute resolution.

Position

Partner

Specialises in commercial dispute resolution and insolvency litigation and has over 25 years’ experience in these areas. Also instructed regularly in both secured and unsecured recoveries. Well known for her expertise in the field of insolvency law, Dorothy acts for banks and insolvency practitioners in both personal and corporate insolvencies. In addition, she has considerable experience acting for directors in relation to directors’ disqualification and fiduciary duties and in the litigious aspects of shareholder and boardroom disputes. Also experienced in the provision of mediation services.

Career

Trained John Wilson & Co; qualified 1981; partner BTO Solicitors LLP 1989.

Languages

Basic German and French.

Education

Glasgow High School; Glasgow University (LLB, Dip LP, NP).


Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP’s sizeable team includes 14 solicitor advocates, four qualified mediators and an appointed adjudicator. The group handles a broad cross-section of contentious matters, including banking and commercial disputes, oil and gas matters, professional negligence, and contentious construction and sports law issues. Tony Jones, who has been involved in more than 40 reported decisions, is acting for Community Windpower as the pursuer in litigation arising from the allegedly defective construction of a 16-turbine wind farm. Jones co-heads the practice with Grant Hunter. Bill Speirs has experience of cross-border disputes and a track record in commercial and insurance litigation dating back to the early 1980s. Paul Motion heads the data protection and intellectual property teams and manages disputes related to commercial contracts and renewable energy. Dorothy Hatfield and recently promoted partner David Young are also recommended.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

BTO Solicitors LLP handles secured and unsecured debt recoveries, as well as insolvency-related recoveries. Dorothy Hatfield has particular experience of matters involving fraud-related issues. The firm acts for clients including SMEs, registered social landlords, insolvency practitioners, banks and other financial institutions. In addition to handling Scottish recoveries work, the firm’s membership of Mackrell International (a network of international law firms) sees it regularly advise on matters with cross-border issues. Practice head Grant Hunter, solicitor advocate Tony Jones and senior solicitor Ross Campbell are representing Highland Wood Energy in litigation centred on Highland Council’s purported early termination of a biomass heating contract on the grounds of alleged material non-performance by the client. The client refutes the allegation, and seeks payment of more than £200,000 of unpaid invoices for fuel supplies. Other recommended individuals include David Young, who made partner in 2016, consultant Robin Macpherson, associate Kirsteen Maclean, and senior solicitors Ross Campbell and Jamie Reekie.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team advises on personal and corporate insolvency issues for directors, banks, insolvency practitioners and funders, as well as SMEs and larger corporates, among other clients. It undertakes a significant amount of non-contentious work, including Andrew Sleigh serving as lead adviser to Hamilton Brothers (Engineering) Limited on its pre-pack acquisition of a tractor distribution business. The firm also handles corporate restructures, as well as administration, sequestration and liquidation petitions. On the contentious side, the firm fields a number of practitioners with a wealth of experience of insolvency litigation, including Dorothy Hatfield, Grant Hunter, consultant Robin Macpherson and associate Kirsteen Maclean. Cases typically involve issues such as misfeasance, wrongful trading and disqualification issues. Alastair Dunn is often called upon by former directors to provide expert opinions on corporate matters that have been challenged by insolvency practitioners.

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