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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

Dispute resolution is a major area of focus at BTO Solicitors LLP, whose high quality team fields 20 solicitor advocates. Robin Macpherson assisted Aikengall Community Wind Company Limited as the pursuer with settling a dispute with Storey Construction and AL Daines that had arisen over the construction of a 16 turbine wind farm. Jones QC and Jilly Petrie are representing AIG Insurance and the M74 Interlink Joint Venture in a high-profile land contamination claim brought by Esso. Dorothy Hatfield and others are representing Dooneen Limited t/a McGinness Associates in a potentially groundbreaking UK Supreme Court test case, which concerns the entitlement to PPI awards where there has been an intervening insolvency of the claimant. Paul Motion  acted for Trump International Golf Links Scotland in cases concerning derogatory material published on Facebook, as well as US and UK news outlets, and also worked with Laura Irvine to represent the same client in a data protection matter. David Young is particularly active in property litigation, including cases involving property damage and commercial leasing. Angus Crawford's wide-ranging expertise includes cases related to oil and gas, environment, construction and contractual disputes. Grant Hunter leads the team with Jones QC. Bill Speirs, Mark Morton and Sandra Cassells are other key figures. Tony Jones QC joined Brodies LLP.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP, which fields six solicitor advocates, undertakes a comprehensive range of property disputes for insurance companies, property developers, property managers, registered social landlords and housebuilders, among others. David Young was the lead adviser to ELB Securities Limited (the owner of commercial premises on Buchanan Street in Glasgow) on a case which is the leading authority on the status of property disclaimed by the Crown during a time when a company has been struck off the register of companies. Bill Speirs, Jilly Petrie and others are acting for a large insurance company in a claim by William Grant & Sons, which arose from the collapse of the roofs of its warehouses as a result of heavy snowfalls in 2009 and 2010. Grant Hunter and Graeme Kelly are advising Pendragon Plc on a compensation claim at the Lands Tribunal, which relates to a CPO by Glasgow City Council to build a link road though the client's commercial premises in the east end of Glasgow. Mark Morton leads the team, which also includes consultant Robin Macpherson and Angus Crawford. Associates Mark McCluskie, Michael Collins and Jamie Reekie are also recommended. Tony Jones QC departed for Brodies LLP.

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