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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

Bill Speirs

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insurance

Position

Partner

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.

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Career

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.

Languages

Written French.

Member

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

Education

Glasgow University, LLB (Hons) (1976)

Leisure

Golf and walking.


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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