John Bett > Lindsays > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Dispute resolution and litigation.


Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team, John is based in Glasgow.

John specialises in commercial dispute resolution. He acts in a wide range of contentious commercial contract, property and debt recovery matters. He is also particularly experienced in director disputes and cross border litigation.

John‘s extensive commercial property litigation experience extends to dilapidations disputes, breach of missives, recovery of arrears of rent, enforcement of keep open clauses and obtaining orders for the removal of unauthorised occupiers. 

He is regularly instructed in proceedings before the Commercial Courts of the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session, where he has been involved in some of the more significant proceedings to call before the Court in recent years. He is also experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

As the Firm’ Head of Debt Recovery, John’s team assists clients with all aspects of the debt recovery process, from pre-litigation through to court proceedings and enforcement. He also acts in insolvency matters, regularly securing appointments and pursuing claims on behalf of insolvency practitioners.

John advises a very broad spectrum of clients, from private individuals, insolvency practitioners and SMEs to public sector organisations, major Scottish based companies and multi-nationals. The work ranges from high value, complex court actions raised in the Commercial Court of the Court of Session, to providing general contract and commercial advice.


Trained McClure Naismith; qualified 2005; assistant McClure Naismith (2005-2009); associate McClure Naismith (2009-2014); joined Lindsays as Partner (2014).


Holyrood Secondary School; Glasgow Graduate School of Law (Dip LP, 2001-2002); Strathclyde University (Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons), 1997-2001).

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Bolstered by its strong rural practice, Lindsays has seen an increase in instructions across the agricultural sector, as well as sport and transportation. The group handles contentious commercial contracts, shareholder disputes and regulatory work for SME clients and religious organisations. John Bett leads the team from Glasgow, which is made up of accredited mediator Brent Haywood, and senior associates Gregor MacEwan and Brian Pollock in Glasgow.