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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. 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.

Career

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

Languages

English and French.

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 and travel.


Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Clare Bone leads BTO Solicitors LLP’s Glasgow-based team, which also includes Alasdair Gillies and Vikki Watt. The team is instructed by senior executives of major financial institutions, accountancy and asset management firms, and has wide-ranging experience dealing with the fraud aspects of banking-related cases. The group is currently representing a senior director on the board of a major banking institution in connection with a Crown Office investigation into alleged criminality arising from a Rights Issue. It also acts for the Managing Director of a regional Chartered Accountancy firm in a prosecution for a fraudulent scheme to obtain Scottish Government funding. Other major ongoing cases involve high value embezzlement at a public institution and investigations into suspected cartel activity in the construction industry.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

BTO Solicitors LLP  has built on its substantial health and safety practice and expanded into general criminal representations, underpinned by an experienced team of criminal lawyers. The practice is led by Clare Bone , whose clients include a significant number of high profile professionals and those facing historic abuse allegations. Alasdair Gillies  continues to act for the membership of the Prison Officers Association Scotland, handling criminal cases arising in both on and off duty circumstances. Vikki Watt  is currently acting for two companies suspected of breaching the Corporate Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter Act. Associate David Cairns has a wealth of experience defending clients with charges relating to terrorism, firearms and financial crime; he successfully defended a client in extradition proceedings.

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Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘effective’ team ‘consistently raises the bar to stay ahead of the other Health and Safety specialists’. The team is jointly led by Clare Bone  and Vikki Watt, who are rated as ‘practical, experienced and exceptional lawyers’. Watt acted for a former director of the Jim Clark Rally in the first joint fatal accident inquiry in Scotland, in a case concerning numerous spectator deaths at two separate rally events, resulting in a favourable determination for the client. Bone represented Tarff Valley following the death of a customer, who fell from height at one of its stores, which resulted in only a technical charge for the client and a trial acquittal for the store manager involved.

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