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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

David Young

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution, Recoveries, Property Litigation, Social Housing, Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery and Rural Business.



David has a recognised technical ability in a range of areas combined with broad legal experience. Clients appreciate his sensible, determined and pragmatic approach to dispute resolution. With a particular interest in property based litigation, David is consulted by clients in matters such as property damage, boundary disputes, commercial leasing, title obligations, and housing law (public and private sectors).

He has for a number of years acted for some of Scotland’s largest property factors such as LPM and Speirs Gumley. With his profile increasing in the sector, he is a regular speaker at the annual conference of The Property Managers’ Association Scotland.

Court actions he has managed include: a significant indemnity claim against a Lloyds of London Syndicate (>£900,000); an action in relation to commercial premises which went before the Supreme Court (ELB Securities Ltd v Alan Love & Prestwick Hotels Ltd [2015] CSIH 67); a £1.3 million claim against Network Rail for the unauthorised construction of a SUDS pond on a client’s land; and the defence of a claim by a tenant for damages of £550,000 due to an alleged breach of a lease of commercial premises.

David is also an integral part of BTO’s renowned social housing team through which he acts for a number of major registered social landlords who include The Clyde Valley Group, Argyll Community Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association. Highly regarded by the Senior Management teams and housing officers they appreciate that they can delegate day to day case management to him.

Examples of recent work: pursuing actions for recovery of possession of property and ASBOs against tenants due to antisocial behaviour; pursuing actions for recovery of possession of properties due to various criminal convictions of either, the tenant, the tenant’s partner or a visitor to the property; assisting Argyll Community Housing Association on a review of their antisocial behaviour strategy including public consultation; providing advice on an RSLs rights of forcible entry to property requiring consideration of Equality Act 2010, SQHS, Human Rights Act 1998; providing guidance on the legislative changes to procedures regarding travelling persons sites; revising tenancy agreements; implementing mid-market rent procedure for subsidiary and advising on management agreement between subsidiary and RSL; seeking the appointment of a curator ad litem to enable a recovery action to be raised against an incapax tenant.


Trained Russel & Aitken (2004 – 2006); Qualfied (2006); BTO Solicitors LLP (2006 - present). Made partner in 2016.




University of Aberdeen LLB (Hons); University of Dundee Dip LP; Notary Public


Rugby: West of Scotland FC (Club Captain 2009-2011) and Scottish Lawyers’ XV.  Enjoys helping out on the family farm and forestry business.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Next generation lawyers

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP’s sizeable team includes 14 solicitor advocates, four qualified mediators and an appointed adjudicator. The group handles a broad cross-section of contentious matters, including banking and commercial disputes, oil and gas matters, professional negligence, and contentious construction and sports law issues. Tony Jones, who has been involved in more than 40 reported decisions, is acting for Community Windpower as the pursuer in litigation arising from the allegedly defective construction of a 16-turbine wind farm. Jones co-heads the practice with Grant Hunter. Bill Speirs has experience of cross-border disputes and a track record in commercial and insurance litigation dating back to the early 1980s. Paul Motion heads the data protection and intellectual property teams and manages disputes related to commercial contracts and renewable energy. Dorothy Hatfield and recently promoted partner David Young are also recommended.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

BTO Solicitors LLP handles secured and unsecured debt recoveries, as well as insolvency-related recoveries. Dorothy Hatfield has particular experience of matters involving fraud-related issues. The firm acts for clients including SMEs, registered social landlords, insolvency practitioners, banks and other financial institutions. In addition to handling Scottish recoveries work, the firm’s membership of Mackrell International (a network of international law firms) sees it regularly advise on matters with cross-border issues. Practice head Grant Hunter, solicitor advocate Tony Jones and senior solicitor Ross Campbell are representing Highland Wood Energy in litigation centred on Highland Council’s purported early termination of a biomass heating contract on the grounds of alleged material non-performance by the client. The client refutes the allegation, and seeks payment of more than £200,000 of unpaid invoices for fuel supplies. Other recommended individuals include David Young, who made partner in 2016, consultant Robin Macpherson, associate Kirsteen Maclean, and senior solicitors Ross Campbell and Jamie Reekie.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Next generation lawyers

David Young - BTO Solicitors LLP

Within: Property litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team inspires ‘complete confidence’ in clients. Mark Morton, Tony Jones, Robin Macpherson and Michael Collins all have solicitor advocacy expertise. Grant Hunter is leading a team defending Clyde Valley Group against court actions brought by multiple tenants in relation to personal injuries they claim were sustained due to the construction of housing stock on contaminated land. The practice also has a particularly strong following among insurer clients, including RSA and NFU Mutual. Bill Speirs, Jilly Petrie and Jones are representing an insurer in a Court of Session claim arising from the collapse of warehouse roofs owned by William Grant & Company following heavy snow falls in 2009 and 2010. Property damage expert Angus Crawford, recently promoted partner David Young and associate Mark McCluskie are other notable team members.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

BTO Solicitors LLP has a track record in the social housing sector dating back to the 1970s, and is particularly known for acting for RSLs. Patrice Fabien leads the group, which includes commercial conveyancing expert Karen Brodie. Brodie acted alongside Marieclaire Reid and Lesley Gray for Clyde Valley Housing Association on its acquisition of 13 separate development sites as part of an ambitious development programme. Grant Hunter assists with all forms of dispute resolution (including litigation, arbitration and mediation), and is experienced in contentious matters arising from development projects and tenement refurbishment programmes. David Young handles a variety of issues, such as antisocial behaviour, tenancy litigation and factoring. Also recommended are employment law specialists Caroline Carr and David Hoey, construction law expert Sandra Cassels, and Paul Motion, who is advising Oak Tree Housing Association on the data protection aspects of the Common Housing Register. Kingdom Housing Association, Partick Housing Association and Grampian Housing Association are also clients.

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