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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

Grant Hunter

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution, Insolvency, Debt Recovery

Position

Partner and head of BTO’s Commercial Dispute Resolution team in our Glasgow Office.

An experienced litigator specialising in commercial dispute resolution including corporate and property litigation, insolvency, asset recovery and debt recovery litigation. Has a long and successful track record in commercial dispute resolution, having appeared regularly in Sheriff Courts and Tribunals throughout Scotland since the early nineties. Also litigates in the Court of Session and conducts arbitration and mediation for commercial clients. Responsible for managing BTO’s significant recoveries caseload in Scotland: secured recoveries on behalf of major UK banks and venture capaitalists; unsecured recoveries for banking and commercial clients, ranging from worldwide credit card companies, credit insurers, PLCs, Registered Social Landlords, property factors and small and medium sized businesses throughout the UK. Also acts for insolvency practitioners in corporate and occasional personal insolvencies and for other Chartered Accountants. Via Mackrell International, involved regularly in cross border commercial dispute resolution and has recently litigated in the both the Supreme Court of Hungary and the Commercial Court of Brussels.

Career

BTO Solicitors LLP (2000 – present); Associate and assistant, Brunton Miller (1993 – 2000); Assistant and trainee, Kidstons and Co (now Lindsays) (1990-1993)

Languages

German and French (MA Degree).

Member

Law Society of Scotland; Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

Education

University of Glasgow, MA (German and French) (1987), LL.B. (1989), Dip. LP (1990). Notary Public 1995

Leisure

Golf, football, rugby, squash and travel.


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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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team inspires ‘complete confidence’ in clients. Mark Morton, Tony Jones, Robin Macpherson and Michael Collins all have solicitor advocacy expertise. Grant Hunter is leading a team defending Clyde Valley Group against court actions brought by multiple tenants in relation to personal injuries they claim were sustained due to the construction of housing stock on contaminated land. The practice also has a particularly strong following among insurer clients, including RSA and NFU Mutual. Bill Speirs, Jilly Petrie and Jones are representing an insurer in a Court of Session claim arising from the collapse of warehouse roofs owned by William Grant & Company following heavy snow falls in 2009 and 2010. Property damage expert Angus Crawford, recently promoted partner David Young and associate Mark McCluskie are other notable team members.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

BTO Solicitors LLP has a track record in the social housing sector dating back to the 1970s, and is particularly known for acting for RSLs. Patrice Fabien leads the group, which includes commercial conveyancing expert Karen Brodie. Brodie acted alongside Marieclaire Reid and Lesley Gray for Clyde Valley Housing Association on its acquisition of 13 separate development sites as part of an ambitious development programme. Grant Hunter assists with all forms of dispute resolution (including litigation, arbitration and mediation), and is experienced in contentious matters arising from development projects and tenement refurbishment programmes. David Young handles a variety of issues, such as antisocial behaviour, tenancy litigation and factoring. Also recommended are employment law specialists Caroline Carr and David Hoey, construction law expert Sandra Cassels, and Paul Motion, who is advising Oak Tree Housing Association on the data protection aspects of the Common Housing Register. Kingdom Housing Association, Partick Housing Association and Grampian Housing Association are also clients.

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