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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

Vikki Watt

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Health & Safety, Corporate Crime, Insurance

Position

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. Her Fatal Accident Inquiries portfolio continues to grow and in 2017 she has 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 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 inception of major incidents to provide advice at the crucial investigation stage, representing her clients at interviews under caution and advising on thorny 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.

Career

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

Languages

French and currently learning Italian.

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Open water swimming, music & 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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