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Civil litigation, Advocacy.
Partner and Solicitor Advocate
Head of BTO’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, head of ADVantage advocacy and BTO’s senior solicitor advocate. Highly experienced Solicitor Advocate. Defends and pursues professional negligence actions and deals with construction and property disputes. Particular experience of corporate boardroom disputes, including “unfair prejudice” petitions, just and equitable winding ups and derivative actions. Appears in the Supreme Courts in commercial litigation and higher value reparation matters. Recent successes as solicitor advocate include MacRoberts LLP v McCrindle Group Ltd (successfully acting for Pursuers at appeal and trail in a Professional Indemnity matter), Esso Petroleum Co Ltd v Scottish Ministers (Successfully acting for the Interlink joint venture at trial in a dispute about contaminated land), ELB Securities Ltd v Alan Love (successfully acting at Appeal is this dispute about the terms of Section 1034 of the Companies Act 2006) Cora Foundation v East Dunbartonshire Council (successfully acting in Appeal regarding damages for riot), Hendrick v Chief Constable (acting in an Appeal against the decision of the Lord Ordinary in a Judicial Review action).
Trained Aitken Nairn WS; qualified 1992; Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution Department BTO Solicitors LLP, 2014.; Accredited as a specialist in Professional Negligence Law by the Law Society of Scotland (2013); Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (2012); Partner and head of BTO ADVantage Chambers, BTO, (2003 – present); Partner and Solicitor Advocate, Ketchen & Stevens WS, (2000 – 2003); Partner, Fraser Brooks & Co SSC, (1994 – 1999); Aitken Nairn WS, (1990 – 1994); Major, Lowland Volunteers (1990 – 2003).Awarded Territorial Decoration 2004.
Information and Communicatrions Technology Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council; law Society of Scotland’s Rights of Audience Committee; council member of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet.
George Watson’s College; Edinburgh University (1987 MA); Dundee University (1989 LLB, 1990 Dip LP; 1991 NP, 1997 WS); qualified as solicitor advocate (1999).
Outdoor pursuits and family.
Scotland: Dispute resolution
Within: Commercial litigation
BTO Solicitors LLP’s workload spans areas such as banking and finance, renewable energy and construction. Grant Hunter, Tony Jones and Ross Campbell are representing HWEnergy in a dispute with Highland Council over a biomass heating contract. Robin Macpherson joined from Brodies LLP in 2015.
Within: Debt recovery
Led by Grant Hunter, BTO Solicitors LLP’s team undertakes secured and unsecured recoveries work for clients such as American Express, Woolwich plc and Coface UK. Dorothy Hatfield is recommended, along with solicitor advocate Tony Jones. Robin Macpherson joined from Brodies LLP in 2015.
Scotland: Real estate
Within: Property litigation
BTO Solicitors LLP’ Tony Jones and recently promoted partner David Young are representing ELB Securities at the Supreme Court in a high-profile case that addresses the effect of a company’s dissolution (and subsequent restoration to the register) on the status of property it once owned. Mark Morton heads the practice, which undertakes a significant amount of work for insurers such as RSA, NFU Mutual and Brit Insurance. Robin Macpherson joined from Brodies LLP in 2015.