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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Jennifer Whitelaw

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Property and Real Estate, Commercial, Environment



Jennifer is a Partner in the Property and Real Estate team. An experienced property lawyer, she acts for landowners, land managers and housebuilders. She deals with all aspects of large and small scale site assembly from acquisition to disposal including securing and granting appropriate infrastructure and utility rights. She also assists clients with planning promotion and option agreements.

Jennifer advises both landowners and hydro electric and wind farm operators in the property aspects of renewable energy schemes.


Browning & Bowes (1996- 2003); Tods Murray (2003-2004); BTO Solicitors LLP (2004 to date).




Law Society of Scotland.


University of Glasgow: LLB (Hons) 1993; Diploma in Legal Practice 1994

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

The experience of BTO Solicitors LLP's team has made it a go-to for commercial developers, housebuilders, retailers, charities, large estates and UK/overseas investors, among other clients. The group, which is jointly led by chairman Alan Borthwick and David Gibson, advises on the full spectrum of real estate matters, with support from practitioners active in areas such as banking and finance, construction and private client/tax. In 2017, Graeme Kelly, Peter Graham and others acted for Wirefox Management in the circa £16m acquisition of Silvan House in Edinburgh, and in its £43m acquisition of the multi-let office Capella Building in Glasgow. Showcasing the firm's work in development matters, Gibson is advising independent whisky company Isle of Arran Distillers on the development of a new distillery and warehouse. Another notable individual Scott Buchan assisted Calmont Group with negotiating a development agreement with Maven Capital over the refurbishment and conversion of Douglas House in Bothwell Street (Glasgow) to an Accor-branded hotel. Jane Steel acts for retail sector brand names, such as Superdry, Adidas and Maplin. Senior associate Jennifer Whitelaw is another notable individual.

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