Firm Profile > BTO Solicitors LLP > Glasgow, Scotland

BTO Solicitors LLP
G2 5HS

Health and safety Tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'vastly experienced and professional' regulatory defence practice is a respected player in the market and acts for an impressive client roster spanning various industries including sport, agriculture, retail, transport, construction, food and drink and manufacturing, among others, while the team is also noted for its work on behalf of insurers. The 'excellent' Clare Bone, who is also 'very pleasant to work with', and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Vikki Watt jointly head the practice. Associate and regulatory defence lawyer David Cairns is 'up and coming' and associate Lindsay MacNeill, who joined the team in March 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP, is noted for her 'straight-forward advice'.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gillies; David Cairns; Lindsay MacNeill


They are peerless at anticipating and managing risks.

Professional, approachable and calming in stressful moments.’

Clare Bone and Vikki Watt have an unmatched blend of experience, knowledge and communication skills.’

When a client faces challenges, the team provides prompt and professional solutions.

The team is 100% supportive and takes the time to explain matters carefully and clearly.

Response times to enquiries are excellent.’

Second to none.

The team has a drive to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

Key clients

Orkney Cheese Company

Bakkavor Foods

Twatt Potatoes

Inex Works

AIG Europe

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

CHUBB European Group

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Cunningham Lindsey

Personal injury: defender Tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team of 'recognised masters in Scottish PI defence work' is led by solicitor-advocate Stephen Bryceland. The large practice acts for brokers, insurers and self-insured companies defending claims in all areas of personal injury, with notable strength handling claims relating to fraud, farming accidents and offshore accidents. Carly Forrest is a civil solicitor-advocate known for acting in cases with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bryceland

Other key lawyers:


‘BTO’s expertise in insurance-specific matters is unrivalled.’

‘BTO’s team are recognised masters of their jurisdiction in Scottish PI defence work.’ 

‘The team provides seamless service, outstanding results and consistent value.’

‘A team built on stability, experience, professionalism & customer service – and they are always willing to innovate.’

‘Partners Catherine Currie, Carly Forrest and Garry Ferguson are exceptional defenders, demonstrating thoroughness in their preparation and delivering consistent success in execution.’

Key clients


AIG Europe Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

CHUBB European Group Limited


Gallagher Bassett

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

Lockheed Martin

Cunningham Lindsey

UK General Insurance

Riverstone Europe

Professional negligence Tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP’s defendant-focused practice acts for the insurers of architects, accountants, engineers, surveyors, solicitors and construction professionals, as well as insurance brokers. The team has experience dealing with complex multi-party claims in all areas of professional negligence, with recent cases involving aspects such as breach of fiduciary duty and alleged loss of opportunity. Alan Eadie, a qualified mediator, has a track record of acting in multimillion-pound disputes arising from large construction projects and in acting for the master policy insurers in solicitor negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Alan Eadie; Ashley Mawby

Key clients

RSA Group

Aviva plc

W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Limited

AIG Europe Limited

RIAS Insurance Scheme

Riverstone Management Ltd (formerly Brit Insurance)

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE


Markel International

DAS UK Group

Axis Speciality Europe


Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'exceptional' practice is regularly instructed by clients who wish to gain SCIO status and handles a large volume of matters for charitable registered social landlords, advising them on all aspects of their business, including employment disputes, lease arrangements and site licenses. The team shows further expertise handling employment tribunal claims on behalf of employers, such as West Lothian College, and advising a range of clients on GDPR compliance. The 'very experienced' Marion Davis takes the lead with most clients and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team in terms of SCIO compliance and constitutional matters, thanks to her OSCR secondment.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Fabien; Marion Davis

Other key lawyers:

Marion Davis


‘Very good knowledge of charities and associated corporate and business law.’ 

‘BTO’s professionalism, knowledge and reputation as a sector leader is exceptional, as well as the support they provide to you on a practical level.’

‘An outstanding legal practice.’

‘Marion Davis is the key person in the charities practice. She is very experienced and ready to find solutions.’

Key clients

Royal National Lifeboat Institute

Whistleblowing International Network

Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

The Citizens Theatre

Argyll Community Housing Association Limited

CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children

Epilepsy Action Scotland

Thistle Housing Association Limited

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland

Hillhead Housing Association 2000

Greenock Arts Guild Limited

East Ayrshire Carers Centre

The Scottish Cremation Society Limited

Clyde Valley Housing Association Ltd

Southside Housing Association Ltd

Cathcart and District Housing Association Limited

Partick Housing Association Limited

Craigdale Housing Association Limited

McSence Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Grant Hunter's 'strong' team at BTO Solicitors LLP is adept at handling insolvency-related, insurance and professional negligence commercial litigation while also having experience in corporate and partnership disputes. Its client base spans various industries including insurance, banking and finance, construction and property as well as renewable energy; the team also acts for individuals. David Young is recommended for property-related litigation. Tony Jones QC moved to Brodies LLP in June 2018.

Practice head(s):

Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Bill Speirs; Dorothy Hatfield; Paul Motion; Mark Morton; Angus Crawford; Robin MacPherson; David Young


Confident and calm team.

Paul Motion is highly experienced.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Stena Line Ports


Cigna UK

Lloyds Banking Group

NFU Mutual

Post Office

RSA Group

Trump International Golf Links Scotland

Coface UK

Crime: fraud Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP is best known for representing senior executives and other individuals from the banking, accountancy and legal sectors, among others, in investigations and criminal proceedings concerning fraud and cartel allegations. Criminal solicitor advocate Clare Bone and regulatory crime defence lawyer Vikki Watt jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gillies

Key clients


Family Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP's 'approachable and knowledgeable' family law team advises high net worth individuals in cohabitation and divorce disputes which relate to tax issues, dissipation of assets, property transfers, shared company interests and various other contentious points, as well as acting in child contact cases. 'Personable and skilled' practitioner Lesley Gordon is a go-to lawyer for divorce cases in which the parties are business partners.

Practice head(s):

Lesley Gordon


‘Lesley Gordon understands the key issues – she is particularly skilled at collaborative practice and is personable to deal with.’

‘The family law team in Glasgow are friendly, approachable, sensible and knowledgeable in what they do.’

Medical negligence: defender Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP has a proven track record of defending GPs and healthcare professionals on behalf of Scotland’s major defence organisations, focusing predominantly on fatal cases, misdiagnosis claims and dentist negligence. The team has taken part in every medical public inquiry in Scotland under the Public Inquries Act 2005. Laura Donald and associate Stephen Waclawski are both solicitor-advocates with extended rights of audience in the Civil Courts. Donald and the 'hugely experiencedDouglas Jessiman - who in recent years has been involved in public inquiries in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland - are described as 'the two best solicitors in this field in Scotland'.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Jessiman; Laura Donald

Other key lawyers:


‘A strong medical negligence team with key players in the sector.’

‘Highly knowledgeable, organised and cohesive team with real legal expertise and understanding of this difficult area of law.’

‘Heavily relied upon by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and the Medical Defence Union Limited to run litigation for members in their stead.’

‘Laura Donald, Douglas Jessiman and Stephen Waclawski have years of experience handling high value, legally and technically challenging litigation with ease.’

‘Douglas Jessiman is very practical and strategic, he can accurately predict the outcome of a case from the outset and sees the strong points that are worth taking. His huge experience is very reassuring to clients and he has such a deep reservoir of knowledge, combined with a great sense of strategy, that he is always a brilliant choice for representation.’

‘Cara Docherty is a calm and steadying influence in any case. She works incredibly hard and has very good judgement. Clients really value her pragmatic approach and strategic brain.’

‘Jennifer King is phenomenally hard working and super-efficient. She keeps on top of every detail in a case and clients (and the whole legal team) take great reassurance from knowing that she is on top of everything and ahead of the game (and the other side) in terms of case management and preparation.’

‘Douglas Jessiman has a knowledge and experience which is at the highest level, combined with an agreeable personality which gives confidence to professionals who are the subject of a claim.’

‘Laura Donald and Douglas Jessiman are, in my view, the two best solicitors in this field in Scotland. They have unrivalled experience of dealing with difficult regulatory proceedings involving health professionals and have unrivalled experience.’

Key clients

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Medical Defence Union Limited

Social housing Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP's wide-ranging social housing expertise leads to regular instructions from RSLs on group structure, governance, data protection, employment and construction issues alongside funding agreements, site acquisitions and contentious matters. 'Outstanding' team head Patrice Fabien is a highly regarded figure in the market.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Fabien

Other key lawyers:

Karen Brodie; David Young; Caroline Carr; Grant Hunter


Exceptionally professional practice that communicates well with clients on all levels.

The team fully understands the needs of the client and goes above and beyond what is required.

Very down to earth whilst remaining completely professional at all times.

Always alert to the client’s interests.

Key clients

Argyll Community Housing Association

Clyde Valley Housing Association

Thistle Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

Partick Housing Association

Berwickshire Housing Association

Spire View Housing Association

Sport Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of matters for the Scottish Football Association, including advising on the hosting of major sporting events, commercial contracts, acquisitions and partnership agreements between sporting bodies and rules revision exercises. The team recently advised the SFA on the high-profile acquisition of national football stadium Hampden Park from Queen’s Park Football Club. The team is led by Andrew Sleigh, who 'really understands the issues that sports clubs face', while Gary Booth provides corporate governance and commercial contracts advice to football clubs and the SFA.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sleigh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Scottish Football Association

Hampden Park Limited

Royal Troon Golf Club

Tommy Gilmour Sports Promotions

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

The real estate practice at BTO Solicitors LLP covers the full gamut of work for a variety of clients including private overseas investors and developers; the group also assists estates with diversification projects. David Gibson leads the group and is acting for the Scottish Football Association on all property aspects of the selection of the National Stadium. Other key practitioners include Jane Steel, who focuses on the retail sector; Scott Buchan, who has notable expertise in investment and development work; and newly promoted partner Jennifer Whitelaw.

Practice head(s):

David Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Scott Buchan; Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly; Peter Graham; Karen Brodie; Nicolas McBride


‘The legal team at BTO knows and understands its clients and their requirements. Its lawyers are able to pre-empt legal issues, which enables clients to manage the processes in an effective and pro-active manner.’

‘Its high level of personal service is a distinguishing mark for BTO. One of the firm’s key strengths is its detailed knowledge of the legal requirements surrounding the commercial property market.’

‘Karen Brodie understands the pressures and issues affecting voluntary organisations who are reliant on public purse funds and will review contracts ensuring that the level of risk to the organisation is minimised.’

‘Jane Steel and Angela Allison both provide excellent service and advice. Jane has great experience in the legal profession and is very ably supported by Angela.’

Key clients

Boultbee Land plc

Calmont Group

A S Homes (Scotland) Limited

Isle of Arran Distillers Limited

Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Waterhill Property Group Limited

TUI Travel Group

William Morton Limited t/a Inverarity Morton

Wirefox Management/Wirefox Investment Group

Standard Real Estate

Crime: general Tier 3

Clare Bone and Vikki Watt jointly head the team at BTO Solicitors LLP, which stands out for its 'vast expertise' in representing prison officers accused of various criminal charges such as on-duty assault and sexual offences but the team including the 'excellentAlasdair Gillies also acts for other individuals and receives regular instructions arising from dangerous driving allegations.

Practice head(s):

Clare Bone; Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:


The firm has strong and effective relationships with the Prosecutor Fiscal Service.

Communication is exceptional.

Team members are personable, friendly, professional and efficient.

Clare Bone and Vikki Watt are exceptional.

Key clients

Prison Officers Association Scotland (POA)

Scottish Police Federation

Debt recovery Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong profile for property management work, which frequently involves rent arrears, while, as another key area of expertise, banks regularly instruct the 'knowledgeable' team to handle insolvency-related matters. 'Supportive' litigator Grant Hunter is the main contact and also acts in defence of debt recovery actions.

Practice head(s):

Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Hatfield; David Young


The firm is very much on the ball and can be relied upon to deliver good results.’

The team is easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Group Recoveries Commercial Banking

American Express Services Europe

Coface UK

Cigna Global Health

Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Clyde Valley Group

Life Property Management

Speirs Gumley Property Management

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA)

Barony Universal Products

Greenbelt Group

Stena Group

Education Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of education sector work with a focus on sector-specific employment, cyber security and data protection matters alongside online reputation, charity law, construction and real estate issues, including litigation. Paul Motion leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Key clients

Glasgow Kelvin College

George Watson’s College

Glasgow Academy

Glenalmond College

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

Employment Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP serves a broad client base consisting of individuals, small and large companies alongside membership organisations and insurance companies. The team's expertise spans various sectors, but it is particularly noted for its experience in the healthcare industry including its niche advising doctors and dentists on regulatory and disciplinary issues. Much of its work pertains to contentious and non-contentious whistleblowing, discrimination, holiday pay, minimum wage and TUPE matters. 'Good advisor' Caroline Carr heads the team, which includes Laura Salmond; Salmond is 'always available and provides first-class advice' on the full range of employment law.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Carr

Other key lawyers:

David Hoey; Laura Salmond; Rhona Wark


Makes the client feel important.

Immediate responses to enquiries.

Takes the time to understand the client’s business to give tailored advice.

David Hoey is an absolute legend.

Key clients

Prisoner Officers’ Association for Scotland

Booth Welsh Automation

Key Housing Association

Royal & Sun Alliance

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Chubb Insurance UK

Duddingston Golf Club

City of Edinburgh Council

Licensing Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP handles contentious new licence applications, major and minor licence variation applications, personal licence applications and licence review hearings, among others, as stand-alone matters or part of wider transactional instructions. Handling work for hotels, pubs, clubs and restaurants counts as particular area of expertise for Nicolas McBride's team.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas McBridge

Other key lawyers:

Jane Steel; Graeme Kelly

Key clients

Bay Hotels

Coast & Country Hotels

Lloyds Banking Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

Crieff Hydro

Viva Brazil


Kimble’s Chocolates

Calmont Developments

AK Investments (Scotland)

Media and entertainment Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP focuses on advising individuals and private companies on reputution management, including social media management, defamation proceedings, and strategic media advice. Solicitor advocate Paul Motion, who is dual accredited in data protection and freedom of information law, often advises clients in the music industry on artist management, recording and production contracts. The firm is also launching a music team following the hire of Jonathan Tait, who has a background in the music industry and music education.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


McTaggart & Mickel

Fathom Financial Consulting Ltd

Milton Hotels

Heather Hiram t/a Safe and Sound Hound

Construction Tier 4

'Dealing with matters in a very prompt and timely manner', BTO Solicitors LLP is routinely called upon to act for clients in construction and engineering disputes involving insurance, liability and quantum matters alongside alleged defective designs, cost overruns and construction delays. The practice, led by the 'very helpfulJilly Petrie, also handles adjudications and acts for developers, contractors and industry bodies.

Practice head(s):

Jilly Petrie

Other key lawyers:

Ann O’Connell; Mark Morton


Gets to the heart of the matter very quickly and identifies the key issues that are of particular significance.

Very good communicators.

Jilly Petrie is always available to take a call to discuss matters.’

Key clients

SRB Civil Engineering Limited (UK)

Turner Group

Partick Housing Association

Oberlanders Architects

Akela Construction

Hunter & Morrisons

Hadden Construction


Federation of Master Builders

Reigart Contracts

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

The corporate group at BTO Solicitors LLP acts for clients in a range of sectors including leisure and licensing, property development and house building and renewable energy. The team, which is led by Jeremy Glen, has substantial experience handling complex disputes between directors, shareholders and partners, as well as complex high-value transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sleigh; Alistair Dunn; Patrice Fabien; Gary Booth; Scott Wyper

Key clients

Mactaggart and Mickel

Crieff Hydro

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy

Barony Universal Products

Johnston Carmichael LLP

Intelligent Capital Holdings Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers

Betsold Limited

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP's renewable energy team is jointly led by Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen and regularly acts for surveyors, accountants, banks and other legal firms. The group regularly leverages the firm's wider commercial litigation group and represents commercial developers and operators, community renewables groups and projects, and landowners on the diversification of landed estates for wind and hydro developments.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas McBride; Jeremy Glen

Other key lawyers:

Scott Wyper

Key clients

Triodos Bank N.V.

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Northern Energy developments Limited

Baldowrie Estate

Ederline Estate

Luss Estates Company

Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP

Inver Hydro Limited

Turnalt Hydro Limited

Srondoire Wind Farmers Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

At BTO Solicitors LLP, the insolvency and corproate recovery group primarily handles insolvency litigation and shareholder and boardroom disputes. The team provides advice and representation to directors pre- and post-insolvency including directors’ duties or disqualification proceedings and personal liability claims. Dorothy Hatfield and Grant Hunter lead the insolvency litigation group, and Alastair Dunn heads up the advisory and restructuring advice.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Hatfield; Grant Hunter; Alastair Dunn

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Dooneen Limited t/a McGiness Associates

American Express Services Europe Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Hastings & Co

Begbies Traynor

Campbell Dallas

Johnston Carmichael

WRI Associates

Coface UK Limited

Intellectual property Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP is singled out for its contentious IP work including passing off matters, trade mark and copyright infringements, database infringements, restrictive covenant breaches, domain disputes, website IP disputes and content take-downs. The team's client base spans a variety of sectors including the retail, charity, leisure, IT and media industries. Litigator Paul Motion heads up the group, which also fields newly promoted partner Lynn Richmond.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Springbank Distillers Ltd

Epicurean Dairy (UK) Ltd t/a The Collective

Quorum Cyber Security Ltd

Milton Hotels Ltd

Fathom Financial Consulting Ltd

Kingfisher Building Products Ltd

Johnston Carmichael LLP

The Big Partnership Group Ltd

Turner Iceni Ltd

Ian Henderson

Gleann Mor Spirits Co Ltd t/a Leith Rum

William Cadenhead Ltd

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team is best known for advising executors, often with significant business interests, on succession planning and tax mitigation, while it also has expertise managing contentious issues such as legal rights claims and the misappropriation of funds by beneficiaries. The team are also relied upon to set up and administer private and charitable trusts to carry forward assets in a tax-efficient manner. Ross Brown is not only skilled in the drafting and administration of powers of attorney; he also has experience dealing with executors of deceased individuals with heritable property in multiple jurisdictions. Former private client head Roddy Harrison left to join Dentons in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):

Ross Brown; Lynne Melville


“The team has a commitment to personal service with partners engaging with clients and not delegating work to junior staff, but at the same time keeping fee levels at a reasonable level.”

“Ross Brown is quick to understand clients’ situations and pitches his advice and approach to each case in a sensible, sensitive and appropriate way.”

Property litigation Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP's client base consists of insurers, housebuilders, estate owners and property developers, who regularly retain the 'sharp' team led by Mark Morton to assist with contentious property contract matters, eviction and various damage claims, including those arising from compulsory purchase orders. David Young is recommended for various commercial property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Morton

Other key lawyers:

Grant Hunter; David Young; Angus Crawford; Robin Macpherson


The team always has a clear explanation of the options and associated risks to ensure that clients are clear on what happens.

Clear and concise communications.

They know how to listen to their clients and adapt their advice and recommendations to suit the client’s business, not themselves.

Key clients



Mactaggart and Mickel Group

AG Barr

Barony Universal Products

Stena Line Ports

Clyde Valley Group

Greenbelt Group

The Firm: BTO is an independent and well respected Scottish law firm which has grown steadily for two decades. The firm provides expert legal services and caters for the Scots law needs of commercial clients and individuals, with the capability to provide international legal advice through the Mackrell International network ( and other contacts.

Clients: Range from major insurers to medical defence organisations, housebuilders, property investors, established manufacturers, well known retailers, financial institutions and public sector organisations. BTO is viewed by its clients as client-focused, pragmatic and providing value for money. The firm is committed to helping its clients reach their goals by collaborating with them and looking beyond the law.

Principal areas of work: Corporate law, commercial and insurance-related litigation, criminal defence (including corporate, personal and regulatory), commercial and residential property and services for individuals. Niche teams include: ADVantage advocacy service, banking and finance, creative industries, construction and engineering, crisis management, disease claims, data protection, education,  employment, environmental, family law, health & safety and regulatory defence, insolvency, recoveries, regeneration, renewable energy, rural business, technology and IP, third sector, social housing, sports law and on line reputation protection.

Litigation: BTO has one of the largest teams in Scotland. Experience includes:

  • Successful in judgment by UK Supreme Court in case of Dooneen Ltd t/a McGinness Associates –v- Mond involving entitlement to a successful PPI claim where there had been an intervening insolvency by virtue of a Trust Deed. PPI claimant held to be entitled to PPI payment.  Numerous cases awaited outcome as did IPs holding funds.
  • LPM Ltd v Liberty Managing Agency Ltd and Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd: Pursuing a claim for indemnity under each proprietor’s buildings insurance policy, regarding the common parts of a 50 apartment building in Edinburgh. Matter value £4.4m
  • Successful in the case of Esso Petroleum Company Limited v Scottish Ministers and Others, acting on behalf of the M74 Interlink joint venture in defending this claim (£3m).

BTO’s ADVantage advocacy team has the highest headcount of solicitor advocates in Scotland with seventeen civil and three criminal solicitor advocates.  Clients value the continuity of representation and cost benefits that this service provides. BTO also employs two former procurators fiscal, both of whom are qualified criminal solicitor advocates. They focus on white-collar crime and health and safety matters within the largest independent and dedicated Health & Safety team operating in Scotland, all of whose caseloads are 100% regulatory defence work.

Insurance: BTO’s insurance team alone has increased by on average 20% in each of the last five years and it has a 100% client retention rate. The team represents a number of major insurers and has the broadest range of specialist insurance-based legal skills in Scotland. It is frequently instructed by insurers in matters which have cross-border issues and in cases involving multi-jurisdictional claims.

Corporate: Renowned for its expertise in the SME/private company sector, the team has experience of a range of corporate and commercial matters in many jurisdictions, including cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. The team is distinguished by its credentials in advising in some of the most high-profile issues in the worlds of football, golf and boxing. In addition, having advised some of Scotland’s best known distillers, extensive knowledge of the whisky sector gives BTO a further edge.

Recent work highlights include acting in relation to the following:

  • Scottish FA acquisition of Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Angus Dundee Distillers PLC on various strategic contracts
  • Triodos Bank in the funding of a £14m wind farm
  • £6m refinance of acquisition costs of property acquired in Scotland by NZ shareholders
  • Continued acquisitions for Scott Group Ltd
  • Sale by majority shareholders of Dougall Baillie Associates Limited 
  • Query Click in relation to a multi-million pound investment by Archangels and SIB
  • Frequent advice on shareholders and boardroom disputes

Real Estate and Construction: A diversely skilled team in the property sphere. Experience includes purchasing Silvan House in Edinburgh, the headquarters of the Forestry Commission. This was a significant investment purchase for an overseas investor. In addition to mainstream property work, the team acts for a substantial number of exclusive fashion and luxury goods retailers and travel agents and has developed a niche practice in these areas. It also remains the ‘go to’ firm for commercial property work in the leisure and hospitality sector. The firm’s construction and engineering team continues to enhance its offering in both contentious and non-contentious legal matters.

Recent work includes advising:

  • Scottish Football Association on all property aspects in connection with the National Stadium;
  • Mar Estates Limited on all property work and disposal negotiations;
  • Stena Line Group’s ferry/port on property and security aspects in connection with its ferry/port interests in Scotland, including a refinance arrangement of c $750m.
  • Robert Jones Holdings Ltd in purchase of landmark multi-let office investment worth c.£11m.

Cyber Risk and Data Protection: BTO’s data protection team was involved in the first successful UK appeal against a (£250,000) monetary penalty notice served on a local authority after a widely publicised data protection breach. Paul Motion, who heads the team, is an accredited specialist in Freedom of Information and Data Protection law, one of only two such specialists in the private practice legal sector in Scotland.

Renewable energy: Acts in projects of all sizes, from those involving major international funders to others involving community-driven ventures, where it has unrivalled experience. The firm’s expanding rural business team advises farmers, landowners and estates on property, company and business law, tax and succession planning and diversification, particularly diversification of landed estates.

Media and Entertainment: A solid reputation in this area has led to the team being invited for ten consecutive years to present workshops at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  ‘BTO BeCreative’, the firm’s Music and Creative industries team is gaining a strong reputation in the UK music industry.

Family: The team has been involved in some of the biggest financial provision cases in Scotland.  It is also regularly involved in cross-border cases dealing with both money and children. The team is highly regarded for its work on high-value estate administration, including complex restructuring for tax purposes, domicile, cross-border estates and legal rights disputes.  Providing advice in relation to surrogacy and donor conception is a growing area for the team.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman David Gibson 0141 221 8012
Chief Operating Officer David Walker 0141 221 8012
Commercial Dispute Resolution Grant Hunter 0141 221 8012
Corporate Gary Booth 0141 221 8012
Crime (Corporate/personal/Regulatory) Clare Bone 0141 221 8012
Creative Industries/Data Protection/Technology/IP/Media & Entertainment Paul Motion 0131 222 2939
Employment Caroline Carr 0141 221 8012
Family Lesley Gordon 0131 222 2939
Health & Safety Clare Bone 0141 221 8012
Insurance Litigation Bill Speirs 0141 221 8012
Medical Negligence (defender) Douglas Jessiman 0141 221 8012
Professional Negligence (defender) Alan Eadie 0141 221 8012
Property/Real Estate Jane Steel 0141 221 8012
Renewable energy Caroline Carr 0141 221 8012
Rural business Jane Steel 0141 221 8012
Social Housing Patrice Fabien 0141 221 8012
Sports Law Andrew Sleigh 0141 221 8012
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alistair Barbour  photo Alistair Barbour Alistair is an Associate within BTO’s Insurance litigation team. Since qualifying in…
 Emma Barclay  photo Emma Barclay Associate Emma joined BTO in 2012 as a trainee and has been…
 Audrey Blair  photo Audrey Blair Associate Audrey, bringing with her over 16 years of experience in helping…
 Marjory Blair  photo Marjory Blair Associate Marjory has practiced Family Law for over thirty five years in…
 Clare Bone  photo Clare Bone Partner and Criminal Solicitor Advocate Clare is a Criminal Solicitor Advocate and heads…
 Gary Booth  photo Gary Booth Partner Gary is a partner in the corporate team with over 15…
 Karen Brodie  photo Karen Brodie Partner Specialised for over 30 years in commercial conveyancing with a special…
 Ross Brown  photo Ross Brown Partner Ross is a Partner within the firm’s Wills Estates and Succession…
 Stephen Bryceland  photo Stephen Bryceland Partner Stephen is the leader and manager of our large and growing…
 Scott Buchan  photo Scott Buchan Scott has over 25 years’ commercial property experience with an extensive track…
 David Cairns  photo David Cairns Associate David is a Criminal Solicitor Advocate specialising in regulatory enforcement, corporate…
 Lynne Cardow  photo Lynne Cardow Partner Lynne specialises in claims of professional negligence.  She has particular experience…
 Caroline Carr  photo Caroline Carr Partner and head of BTO’s employment team Caroline is accredited by the…
 Michael Collins  photo Michael Collins Associate and Solicitor Advocate Michael is part of BTO’s Property Litigation team, dealing…
 Angus Crawford  photo Angus Crawford Partner Angus specialises in providing advice to insurers and commercial clients in…
 Catherine Currie  photo Catherine Currie Partner and Solicitor Advocate Catherine is a Solicitor Advocate with over 30…
 Marion Davis  photo Marion Davis Senior Associate Experienced in charity and public law matters, Marion is one…
 Cara Docherty  photo Cara Docherty Associate Cara is an Associate in BTO’s clinical defence team. She has practised…
 Emma Donaldson  photo Emma Donaldson   Emma has been part of BTO’s Wills, Estates and Succession Planning…
 Alastair Dunn  photo Alastair Dunn PartnerAlastair’s practice covers all aspects of company and contract law as well…
 Alan Eadie  photo Alan Eadie Partner A respected professional negligence lawyer, well known for his work in…
 Patrice Fabien  photo Patrice Fabien Partner   Patrice is undoubtedly one of the most respected and acknowledged…
 Joanne Farrell  photo Joanne Farrell Senior Associate Joanne is a Senior Associate within BTO’s Insurers’ Representation team.…
 Garry Ferguson  photo Garry Ferguson Partner Garry has over 20 years’ litigation experience, the majority of which…
 Carly Forrest  photo Carly Forrest Partner and Solicitor Advocate Carly jointly heads up a team of lawyers…
 David Gibson  photo David Gibson Chairman / Partner Chairman of BTO. One of the most experienced commercial…
 Alasdair Gillies  photo Alasdair Gillies Partner & Criminal Solicitor Advocate Alasdair is a criminal solicitor advocate with…
 Angus Gillies  photo Angus Gillies Angus is an Associate in the Insurance litigation department. Angus specialises in…
 Jeremy Glen  photo Jeremy Glen Partner Highly esteemed in his field, particularly for his ability to provide…
 Peter Graham  photo Peter Graham Partner Peter joined BTO in 2013. Peter has extensive experience in a…
 Lesley Grant  photo Lesley Grant Lesley is a member of the employment team who practices both contentious…
 Lesley Gray  photo Lesley Gray Senior Associate Lesley is a Senior Associate within the Commercial Property team…
 Gillian Harman  photo Gillian Harman Gillian is an Associate within our professional liability team. Gillian handles professional…
 Mark Hastings  photo Mark Hastings Mark is an Associate and a Solicitor Advocate in our Catastrophic Injury…
 Dorothy Hatfield  photo Dorothy Hatfield Partner Specialises in commercial dispute resolution, banking and insolvency litigation and has…
 Neil Headrick  photo Neil Headrick Partner Neil joined BTO as a partner in 2014 with more than…
 Grant Hunter  photo Grant Hunter Partner and Head of BTO’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, based in our Glasgow…
 Douglas Jessiman  photo Douglas Jessiman Partner Heads up BTO’s clinical defence team along with Laura Donald. Specialises…
 Jennifer King  photo Jennifer King Associate Jennifer is an Associate in BTO’s clinical defence team, ranked Band…
 Lindsay MacNeill  photo Lindsay MacNeill Associate Lindsay joined BTO’s thriving Health and Safety, Regulatory and Criminal practice…
 Jennifer Mackenzie  photo Jennifer Mackenzie Jennifer Mackenzie is an Associate  within BTO’s Insurance Catastrophic Injury Team dealing…
 Kirsteen Maclean  photo Kirsteen Maclean Senior Associate Kirsteen has wide-ranging experience of handling litigation for businesses and…
 Karina Manson  photo Karina Manson Partner   Karina is a Partner in BTO’s insurance team. She specialises…
 Nicolas McBride  photo Nicolas McBride Partner Specialises in commercial property, property related finance and the hospitality sector. Nicolas…
 Mark McCluskie  photo Mark McCluskie Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate Based in the firm’s Glasgow office and…
 Rhona McKerracher  photo Rhona McKerracher Rhona McKerracher is a senior solicitor within BTO’s insurance litigation team.  Rhona…
 Mark Morton  photo Mark Morton Partner and Solicitor Advocate Mark works in BTO’s Insurance team providing advice…
 Ann O’Connell  photo Ann O’Connell Consultant Ann is a specialist in Construction Law accredited by the Law…
 Jilly Petrie  photo Jilly Petrie Partner Jilly is a Partner in the Construction and Engineering and Construction…
 Matthew Raftery  photo Matthew Raftery Matthew is an Associate specialising in insurance, contentious construction and professional risks.…
 Marieclaire Reid  photo Marieclaire Reid Senior Associate Experienced in a full range of transactions including acquisition and…
 Lewis Richardson  photo Lewis Richardson Lewis is an Associate within BTO’s insurance team, where he focuses on…
 Donnie Robertson  photo Donnie Robertson Senior Associate Donnie acts for developers, housebuilders, RSLs, property managers and others…
 Laura Salmond  photo Laura Salmond Partner Laura has specialised in employment law for over 14 years and…
 Eileen Sherry  photo Eileen Sherry Eileen is an Associate within BTO’s Insurance Representation team, having initially joined the…
 Andrew Sleigh  photo Andrew Sleigh PartnerWorks in the corporate department specialising in SME corporate and commercial transactions,…
 Bill Speirs  photo Bill Speirs Partner Involved in commercial and insurance litigation for over 30 years. Considerable…
 Jane Steel  photo Jane Steel Partner Jane has a very successful commercial property practice, acting for private…
 Jennifer Stewart  photo Jennifer Stewart Senior Associate                                         Jennifer has specialised in personal injury litigation since qualifying…
 Douglas Strang  photo Douglas Strang Senior Associate Douglas specialises in employment law, providing advice to both employers…
 Calum Sweeney  photo Calum Sweeney Associate Calum is a member of BTO’s Insurers’ Representation team specialising in…
 Damien Tonner  photo Damien Tonner Associate Damien has specialised in insurance litigation throughout his career, dealing with…
 Rhona Wark  photo Rhona Wark Consultant Rhona, is a highly experienced commercial litigator who demonstrates diverse expertise…
 Vikki Watt  photo Vikki Watt Partner and Solicitor-Advocate Vikki is a lead Partner in BTO’s top tier…
 Timothy Webster  photo Timothy Webster Associate Initially training and qualifying in Scotland, Tim worked for a large…
 Claire White  photo Claire White Partner Claire is a Partner in BTO’s Insurance team, and has over…
 Jennifer Whitelaw  photo Jennifer Whitelaw Partner Jennifer is a Partner in the Property and Real Estate team.…
 Scott Wyper  photo Scott Wyper Partner Scott is involved in advising a broad range of clients, across…
 David Young  photo David Young Partner David has a recognised technical ability in a range of areas…
Number of UK partners : 48
Number of other UK fee-earners : 135 (including 13 trainees)