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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Alasdair Gillies

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP


Partner & Criminal Solicitor Advocate

Alasdair is a criminal solicitor advocate with 16 years’ experience in both criminal and civil law.

Alasdair’s experience in criminal casework encompasses acting primarily for large public sector organisations which represent the rights of their members. He also represents private and corporate clients in a number of high profile criminal cases. Alasdair has acted for high profile individuals from the world of sport, music and business in criminal cases which also require reputational management advice. He prides himself on providing a high level of service and care is required for those unfamiliar with the criminal process.  Alasdair provides advice on Health and Safety, regulatory offences including Environmental offences, Bribery & Corruption (including embezzlement, fraud and procurement) & Corporate Manslaughter.

His civil casework background includes Fatal Accident Inquiries, regulatory work, contract disputes and personal injury (including accidents at work) and medical negligence claims, where he has been successful in a number of multi-million pound actions.

High profile litigation claims in which Alasdair’s strategic input has been key include a case which was taken to the House of Lords.


Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP (2015 - present); Partner, Levy McRae (2007 - 2015); Associate (2004 - 2007); Solicitor (2001 - 2004); Trained North Ayrshire Council; Qualified 2001. 




Health and Safety Lawyers Association; NITA; Glasgow Bar Association; Society of Solicitor Advocates.


The University of Glasgow.

Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

Acting for individuals and companies, BTO Solicitors LLP handles internal investigations, fraud, embezzlement and corruption matters. Alasdair Gillies represented an individual, who was charged with embezzlement and breach of trust. Team head Clare Bone assisted a client with internal investigations into bribery and corruption offences.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong profile for defending police personnel in a wide range of allegations, including serious injury, abduction, rape and assault. Other areas of expertise include criminal defence work pertaining to careless driving allegations. In 2016, Alasdair Gillies represented a police officer at trial, who was accused of causing serious injury by careless driving while on duty. Gillies also led the defence team in a trial where the accused faced five charges of sexual assault; three of the charges were subsequently dropped. In a separate matter, he successfully defended a police sergeant against allegations of an on-duty assault against a prisoner held in custody. Clare Bone heads the practice.

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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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