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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Alasdair Gillies

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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

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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