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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Bill Speirs

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

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Involved in commercial and insurance litigation for over 30 years. Considerable experience of high value claims in the UK and abroad. BTO’s principal adviser on claims with multi-jurisdictional or conflict of laws issues, having dealt with claims in Africa, the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe and the USA. On the claims side, Bill focuses on major property, contractual and financial losses. He has dealt with numerous fatal claims, conducting both Fatal Accident Inquiries and related civil claims, including claims with multiple fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Experience of Medical Device claims and regulatory issues. A recognised expert in policy issues, including avoidance where fraud is involved. Well known for providing advice on policy interpretation and avoidance, contractual claims and indemnities and major losses.



Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP (1997 – present); Partner, Tindal Oatts (1987-97); Partner, Tindal Oatts Buchanan & McIlwraith (1984-87); Solicitor, Tindal Oatts & Rodger (1982-84); Solicitor, Ross Harper & Murphy, (1981-82); Solicitor, Black Cameron & Campbell (1980-81); Solicitor, Ross Harper & Murphy (1979-80); Solicitor, Russell & Duncan (1978-79); Trained Russell & Duncan, qualified 1978.


Written French.


Law Society of Scotland; Society of Solicitors to the Supreme Court


Glasgow University, LLB (Hons) (1976)


Golf and walking.

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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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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