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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Tony Jones QC

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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Civil litigation, Advocacy.


Partner and Solicitor Advocate

Head of BTO’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, head of ADVantage advocacy (17 solicitor advocates) and BTO’s senior 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 in 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).


Partner and head of BTO ADVantage Chambers, BTO Solicitors LLP, (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). Territorial Decoration.


French (basic).


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

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Tony Jones - 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: 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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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

BTO Solicitors LLP acts for individuals and organisations in defamation and reputation matters pertaining to social and traditional media publications. Team head Paul Motion advised Trump International Golf Links Scotland on material published on Facebook and in several UK national newspapers, while also representing the client in court proceedings for damages under the Data Protection Act 1998. The team also advised politician Mohammad Sarwar on reputation issues following Scottish media reports over allegations made by a former business associate who claimed that certain parts of the client’s autobiography were fabricated and selective. Other key mandates included advising former SNP councillor Julie McAnulty on defamatory issues, and acting for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes in interdict actions against an individual who had started a campaign of criticism against the client on social media. Tony Jones is also recommended.

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