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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Vikki Watt

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Health & Safety, Corporate Crime, Insurance


Partner and Solicitor-Advocate

Vikki is a Partner in the Health and Safety team. She is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in the defence of health and safety, marine, environmental and white collar criminal prosecutions. Inevitably high profile, her cases have included steering two sole trader clients through prosecutions bucking the trend and avoiding the imposition of custodial sentences. She is an accomplished advocate recognised for her “first class” technical legal skills and “very thorough” approach to cases.

With a Masters in Commercial law and over a decade of specialist experience, she is described as "extremely diligent, very commercially aware and able to get to the facts of a complicated case."  She is also well regarded for her client service, with one client describing her as "very professional in her approach and very clear in explaining our options and the best route to follow."

She has significant experience of conducting Fatal Accident Inquiries and she appeared at the first Joint Inquiry under the new Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules for the deaths at the Snowman and Jim Clark Rally. Instructed at the outset to protect her clients’ business and reputation, over the past fourteen years, she has forged strong links with the main Regulators and Prosecutors in Scotland (including the HSE, SEPA, MCA). Her proactive approach sees her instructed from the inception of major incidents to provide advice at the crucial investigation stage, representing her clients at interviews under caution and advising on thorny legal privilege issues. Clients range from Directors and Senior Managers to large multi-national PLCs in all sectors. She is the ‘go to’ Panel solicitor for a number of insurers in health and safety matters and regularly receives referral work from market leaders South of the Border.

Vikki's non-contentious work sees her heavily involved in training for other lawyers and clients. She regularly records training DVDs for the Solicitors’ Group (UK) on aspects of Scottish health and safety law and routinely provides bespoke training to London and Manchester based Insurers (as well as those in Scotland) and Insureds.


Trained BTO Solicitors LLP, Assistant, Associate BTO (2002 – 2011), Partner, BTO (2011 - Present)


English and French.


Law Society of Scotland; Society of Solicitor Advocates; Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Medico-Legal Society, FOIL


Glasgow University, LLB (Hons) (1999); Diploma in Legal Practice (2000) LLM Commercial Law (2001)


Open water swimming, music and travel.

Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Handling regulatory defence work arising from serious and fatal injury and accident cases is a significant element of BTO Solicitors LLP’s practice, which regularly represents clients in investigations by regulators such as the HSE and MCA, as well as local authorities. The highly regarded Clare Bone jointly heads the team with Vikki Watt and acted for Marine Harvest in a HSE investigation following a serious injury incurred by an employee. Similarly, Watt acted for Rodger Builders in an HSE and police investigation, which was treated as a potential corporate homicide case, following a fatality on a farm involving one of the client’s longstanding employees. Watt also acted for holiday park operator Loch Earn Caravan Parks following a fatal accident at the on-site swimming pool. This included representation in HSE and police investigations, as well as the subsequent prosecution process. Other clients include AIG, NFU Mutual Insurance Society and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes. Alasdair Gillies is another key member of the team.

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