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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

Nicolas McBride

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Real estate, leisure, hospitality and licensing, banking and finance, energy.

Position

Partner

Specialises in commercial property, property related finance and the hospitality sector. He advises landlords, tenants, banks, developers, insolvency practitioners, community groups and charities in property related matters. He is involved daily in purchases and sales, drafting and negotiating leases/general lease management work and is experienced in acting for institutional Landlords managing their property portfolios. Nicolas and his team have a band 1 ranking in the Legal 500 for its leisure and hospitality expertise. He acts for an impressive list of clients with licensing issues, ranging from European and UK hotel chains such as WA Shearings to boutique restaurants, pubs and night clubs. He acts for various high profile lenders in property and development finance and secured lending matters. He has a particular interest in ethical and social finance (acting for one of the leading banks in the sector). He has an expertise in renewable energy schemes including wind energy and hydro projects acting for funders, developers and land owners. He heads up the firm’s team involved in the property aspects of renewable energy work undertaken for Triodos Bank N.V.

Career

Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP (2007-present). Trained Brechin Tindal Oatts; qualified 1998

Member

Law Society of Scotland.

Education

Lenzie Academy; University of Strathclyde (1997 LLB (Hons)).

Leisure

Family, football and golf.


Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing

Within: Licensing

BTO Solicitors LLP has strong hotel industry expertise and advises clients in the sector on contractual licensing aspects pertaining to leasing arrangements and corporate transactions. Other clients include pubs, clubs and restaurants. Team head Nicolas McBride advised Gourmet Burger Kitchen on the conditional liquor licensing clauses, which are part of the company’s new Glasgow restaurant lease agreement. McBridge also assisted bowling alley provider Lane 7 with licensing provisions under the lease for new licensed premises in Aberdeen, and advised new client Jewel Hotels on licensing aspects of its hotel portfolio in Scotland. As another highlight, the team assisted Shearings Hotels with contractual licensing aspects pertaining to leasing arrangements as part of the client’s lease and sale of two Scottish hotels.

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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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