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Health & Safety, Corporate Crime, Insurance
Partner and Solicitor-Advocate
A Solicitor Advocate highly regarded for her “first class” advocacy skills and “very thorough” approach by clients and professional colleagues alike, Vikki specialises in the defence of health and safety, marine, environmental and white collar criminal prosecutions. In the past year, she was instructed in a number of high profile fatal cases, notably steering two sole trader clients through prosecutions bucking the trend and avoiding the imposition of custodial sentences. In addition, her Fatal Accident Inquiries portfolio continues to grow. Instructed at the outset to protect her clients’ business and reputation. Over the past twelve 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 outset of major incidents to provide advice at the crucial investigation stage, representing her clients at interviews under caution and advising on thorny privilege issues. Her clients range from Directors and Senior Managers to large multi-national PLCs in every sector from agriculture to renewables. 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.
Trained BTO Solicitors LLP, Assistant, Associate BTO (2002 – 2011), Partner, BTO (2011 - Present)
French and currently learning Italian.
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 & travel.
Scotland: Human resources
Health and safety
Within: Health and safety
BTO Solicitors LLP is ‘top of the pile’ for HSE investigations, with a strong roster of manufacturing and construction clients. Claire Bone, who stands out for her ‘invaluable knowledge of clients’ businesses’, advised a farm insured by NFU Mutual regarding a death in a grain silo, while Vikki Watt represented Aberdeenshire Council after a drowning on a school trip.