The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scott Buchan

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial property.



Scott has over 20 years’ commercial property experience with an extensive track record in a wide range of commercial property transactions across all sectors including office, retail, leisure, industrial and student accommodation. As well as mainstream acquisitions and sales and landlord and tenant work, Scott has significant experience of large cross border portfolio transactions, strategic site assembly and development projects, substantial investment transactions and real estate advice and support to insolvency practitioners. He acts for a wide spectrum of property investment and development clients ranging from private investors and property companies to public and third sector bodies, Notable recent transactions include: acting for Landlord in relation to Lease of major glass recycling and waste facility; completing purchase for major student accommodation developer; concluding a number of convenience store pre-lets for developers; concluding purchase of strategic site assembly on Glasgow’s riverfront; and completing a number of investment acquisitions for London and foreign based investors including major retail investment in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street. Clients, intermediaries and colleagues are all impressed by Scott’s proactive, pragmatic and considered approach which, allied with his ability to focus on what matters, helps ensure clients’ objectives are met.


Trained Steedman, Edinburgh; qualified 1992, partner at Steedman Ramage (1998-2001); partner at Biggart Baillie (2001-2013); partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2013 - present).




Founder executive committee member of Glasgow Property Professionals, member of Investment Property Federation, member of Commercial Real Estate Lawyer’s Association.


Perth Grammar School; University of Edinburgh (LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice), 1986-1990.


All sport, in particular tennis, golf, rugby and football. Hillwalking, travel and family.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of issues for developers, housebuilders, charities and retailers, among other clients. In 2016 Graeme Kelly led a team, which acted for Rockford Portfolio Limited in its portfolio acquisition of nine office buildings in six separate locations in Lanarkshire. Another highlight involved David Gibson and associate Manjit Hunjan advising Isle of Arran Distillers on the development of a new whisky distiller, which included assisting the client with a site acquisition. The firm also acts for other clients, such as Mactaggart & Mickel Group, The Architectural Heritage Fund and Stena Line group. Gibson jointly heads the practice with chairman Alan Borthwick, who is experienced in strategic land development projects, and is active in renewables sector matters. Jane Steel undertakes a significant amount of work for retail sector clients such as Adidas, Maplin and Superdry. Other key partners include Scott Buchan, Nicolas McBride and Peter Graham. Associates Marieclaire Reid and Donnie Robertson are also recommended.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to