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BTO Solicitors LLP
United Kingdom

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Covering the full spectrum of health and safety work, BTO Solicitors LLP has a standout reputation in regulatory prosecutions and fatal accident inquiries by the police, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). With Glasgow-based solicitor advocate Vikki Watt at the helm, the group represents various blue-chip insurers and is often instructed on a private basis; recent work encompasses the construction, oil and gas, healthcare, and food and drink sectors. Former prosecutor and senior associate Lindsay MacNeill is noted for her specialism in regulatory prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay MacNeill; Jaimie McGready


‘Very responsive, often at short notice.’

‘Lindsay MacNeill is streetwise and very capable of managing external bodies.’

‘A knowledgeable and professional team that demonstrates exceptional client care.’

‘Vikki Watt and Lindsay MacNeill are both excellent.’

Key clients

Andrew Grant

Larchwood Healthcare (North) Ltd

Akela Construction Ltd

Broomhall Ltd

FABB Scotland Ltd


NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

CHUBB European Group Ltd

Tokio Marine

Axis Capital

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended an individual charged with culpable homicide in relation to health and safety failings at trial.
  • Assisted Larchwood Care Homes North Ltd with a fatal accident inquiry concerning the death of a resident.
  • Assisted Akela Construction, who was jointly charged under CDM Regulations, successfully mitigating the fine below the expected benchmark.

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 1

BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘very reliable and knowledgeable’ personal injury department in Glasgow is headed by Stephen Bryceland and is equipped to deal with volume claims as well as complex and high-value litigation at all levels, from pre-litigation advice through to taking cases to the Supreme Court. Solicitor advocate Catherine Currie is the firm’s key contact for high-value catastrophic injuries cases, while accredited mediator Garry Ferguson is well versed in complex, international matters and covers cases involving injuries, such as chronic pain and brain injury, as well as fatalities. Claire White specialises in employers’ liability, public liability and product liability claims with a focus on medical devices and implants.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bryceland


‘I trust BTO’s insurance team with our biggest claims above all competitors in Scotland.’

‘Catherine Currie is experienced, calm, assured and unflappable.’

‘Very reliable and knowledgeable practitioners in Scotland.’

‘Garry Fergusson, Claire White and Catherine Curry are trustworthy and reliable members of the firm with an understanding of their insurer clients’ requirements.’

‘BTO continues to be at the forefront of Scottish litigation and insurance-related issues. Their expertise and competency remain a high priority for both insurers and clients.’

‘Catherine Currie’s and Garry Ferguson’s expertise and service standards are exemplary. They are extremely customer-focussed and provide an outstanding service.’

‘They do a good solid job. No frills and get the job done. They have commercial awareness.’

‘Stephen Bryceland is always responsive, very considered in his work and very aware of all parties in the claims he deals with. He achieves excellent results.’

Key clients


American International Group UK Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Chubb European Group Limited



Tokio Marine

Riverstone Insurance Limited

UK General Insurance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting in a £2.7m court action arising from an accident at work, in which the pursuer, who had previously suffered traumatic amputation of two fingers, suffered a serious crush injury to his other hand.
  • Instructed in a public liability case resulting from an injury suffered by the pursuer during an egg and spoon race at her daughter’s nursery.
  • Acting in an employers’ liability case involving a traumatic brain injury.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP offers 'a team of highly experienced criminal lawyers who are skilled in dealing with corporate clients’, acting for a particularly diverse span of clients in high-risk sectors such as banking, academia, construction, charities and accountancy. Practice head and solicitor advocate Vikki Watt specialises in the defence of regulatory crime, routinely handling proceeds of crime cases and has regular dealings with the National Crime Agency (NCA). Criminal solicitor advocate Alasdair Gillies is a key contact, having acted for high-profile individuals in the sport, music and business sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gillies; Lindsay MacNeill


‘The depth of skills across various teams within BTO that can be simultaneously and timely accessed and utilised is brilliant.’

‘They immediately showed an interest and were efficient in directing me to the most appropriate person. Their approach is pragmatic and explains the complicated legal processes and legal language in an easy-to-understand manner.’

‘Lindsay MacNeill has been exceptional for her accessibility, legal knowledge in both criminal and civil law, attention to detail, and strategic approach. She prioritises her clients and provides responses exactly when required.’

‘Lindsay MacNeill is knowledgeable, confident and extremely diligent. Her clients always receive the highest quality of representation.’

‘Alasdair Gillies is helpful in explaining where we were in the legal process and setting expectations around what we could expect and when.’

‘Vikki Watt is a highly experienced partner who exudes confidence, which ensures that clients are able to navigate through extremely stressful events.’

‘Alasdair Gillies is a highly experienced partner with the firm. He is extremely capable and confident when dealing with corporate clients. The combination of knowledge and determination ensures that his clients always receive the best possible representation.’

‘They are a team of highly experienced criminal lawyers who are skilled in dealing with corporate clients.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Medical negligence: defender Tier 2

Acting for major UK medical defence organisations, BTO Solicitors LLP represents doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in complex, high-value and fatal clinical negligence claims before Scottish courts. Public inquiries are another strength of the firm, as are cosmetic claims, which constitute a growing focus area for the team. The group is also regularly instructed by insurers and individuals to defend claims in the private sphere. Practice head Laura Donald is a seasoned litigator with significant experience in fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries, while associate Jill Harris acts for medical and dental professionals. Other key individuals include associates Jennifer King, Natalie McCartney and Cara Docherty, as well as former Brodies LLP partner Duncan Mawby, who joined the firm as a consultant in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Laura Donald

Key clients

The Medical Defence Union Limited (MDU)

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Work highlights

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP routinely defends claims, including high-value ones, made against various professions, including solicitors, accountants, engineers and educators. Under the joint leadership of Alan Eadie and Lynne Cardow, the team has recently seen an uptick in claims against educational institutions. Eadie is the key contact for claims across the construction sector, while Cardow is an accredited personal negligence specialist with particular emphasis on handling claims arising from data breaches. At associate level, Michael Collins and Gillian Harman are two names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alan Eadie; Lynne Cardow

Other key lawyers:


‘Alan Eadie is adept at handling complex, multi-party construction cases and understands both the client and insurer’s needs by being responsive and accessible to both.’

‘Alan Eadie is proactive and commercial in his handling, and promotes a sensible approach, often bringing opposing parties to early joint discussions to narrow the issues, moving towards settlement.’

‘BTO fully understands the importance of protecting the reputation of the client.’

Key clients

RSA Group

Allianz Speciality and Global

AXIS Specialty Europe SE


CFC Underwriting

Riverstone Management Ltd (formerly Brit Insurance)

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE

AIG Europe Limited

Markel International

DAS UK Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a global technical services provider in connection with multiple PI claims and core participant involvement in a public inquiry as well as providing guidance on a police investigation concerning alleged design and construction defects and resulting public health risks pertaining to two major hospital projects.
  • Advising a leading Scottish educational institution and its insurers in the defence of a claim by a commercial company for alleged infringement of its European patent.
  • Representing multiple parties (former company directors) in a potentially eight-figure D&O claim relating to alleged unlawful dividends/distributions made by a subsidiary company to support its struggling parent company.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP's charities team acts for a diverse range of public sector clients, registered social landlords, charities and other third sector entities. Acting for registered social landlords is a speciality for the team led by senior associate Marion Davis, a seasoned charity law expert, who ‘goes above and beyond‘ when assisting clients across the sector. On the commercial side, David Gibson advises major Scottish and UK-wide organisations on commercial property matters, while Laura Salmond and Caroline Carr specialise in sector-specific employment law.

Practice head(s):

Marion Davis


‘Their availability was key in our dealings with this firm. Also their expertise in working with charities such as ours. There was always a back-up contact, should the main contact be unavailable. As a new and inexperienced board, we inherited some very complex situations, which were very overwhelming. This company was able to guide us through these complexities and help us understand the route that needed to be followed in order to make some very serious decisions.’

‘Our main contact was Marion Davis, who goes above and beyond in her dealings with us. She managed to steer us with priorities and actions that needed to be done to help unravel the situation we found ourselves in. The people, who provided advice and support, were excellent.’

‘Marion Davis is an outstanding lawyer with a deep understanding of the charity sector. She instinctively feels how the regulator will respond, and her insight and knowledge are extremely valuable.’

‘BTO has always delivered a first-class service. David Gibson is the lead partner on our account and he has built up a considerable wealth of knowledge of our organisation and he continues to provide excellent advice in a timely manner. David is supported by his colleagues in the corporate, IP and employment teams, all of whom have helped us greatly over the years with our routine and unusual ad-hoc legal requirements.’

‘It is the service provided that is outstanding. The firm responds to queries very quickly and very thoughtfully every time. They have a depth of knowledge.’

‘Our main contact is Marion Davis, who has a wide range of knowledge of the charity sector and always takes time to understand whatever challenge we have.’

‘We have excellent relationships with the partners and their respective teams. Time is always at their disposal and that is essential when you need that quick chat to either reassure you of a situation or indeed put actions into place.’

‘Our experience is that the team at BTO is able to cover all of our needs, which, as a charity, can be quite specialised. That is, there is someone with the right knowledge when you need it, including an understanding of the challenges charities face.’

Key clients

McSence Limited

Allied Vehicles Charitable Trust

Tigh A’Chomainn Camphill

Deafblind Scotland

Flexible Childcare Services Scotland SCIO

Scottish Housing Associations Resources for Education

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Rangers Charity Foundation SCIO

The Scottish Cremation Society Limited

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Island of Hoy Development Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising The Richmond Fellowship Scotland on a series of construction contract disputes in relation to a multi-million pound development and on all general property work.
  • Pursuing a court action for Quarriers in respect of its factoring role, the outcome of which may have far-reaching ramifications for factors more generally.
  • Ongoing advice to The Royal National Lifeboat Institution on its Scottish operations, including its large number of Scottish lifeboat stations.

Private client > Family Tier 2

BTO Solicitors LLP has a strong family law offering with particular expertise in fertility law, donor disputes, surrogacy and adoption. The firm advises a diverse client base, including single parents, LGBTQ+ couples and high-net-worth individuals, and is also well placed to advise on high-value financial provision cases. Head of practice Lesley Gordon is noted for her expertise in collaborative cases, while senior solicitor Beverly Addison stands out for her expertise in fertility law. Other key names include senior associate Kirsty McGuinness, who is an accredited specialist.

Practice head(s):

Lesley Gordon

Other key lawyers:


‘I was impressed by the depth of knowledge and expertise available.’

‘Lesley Gordon handled my case. Always there with sound advice. Listened, understood and quickly grasped the important issues from my jumbled thoughts, worries and fears.’

‘Every member of the BTO team that I dealt with offered quick, helpful and sound advice. They are a committed, professional and highly competent practice.’

‘Kirsty McGuinness: Adept at quickly understanding the issue – and providing fit-for-purpose advice in a clear and easy-to-understand way.’

‘Lesley Gordon knows her stuff, particularly good at collaborative cases, easy to deal with.’

‘BTO has an amazing law practice, in particular Beverley Addison has been so supportive. Beverley is empathetic and engaging. She breaks down parental law into an easy-to-understand pathway.’

‘Kirsty McGuinness is very experienced and solid. She obviously works hard, and is organised and prepared.’

‘Beverly Addison stands out as an expert in fertility law. She has an excellent knowledge of the law in this area and is extremely skilled in softer skills such as empathy and listening skills. She is pragmatic and focused on achieving economic solutions for clients.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

With the employment-focused Caroline Carr, BTO Solicitors LLP is geared to advise clients, most of whom are housing associations such as RSLs, on sensitive management, staffing and governance issues. Commercial litigator Grant Hunter also handles disputes arising out of major development projects and tenement refurbishment programmes, among other contentious issues. Carr and Hunter co-head the practice with Karen Brodie, who takes the lead on commercial conveyancing matters. Other recommended individuals include senior associates Marion Davis and Douglas Strang.

Practice head(s):

Grant Hunter; Caroline Carr; Karen Brodie

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Glen; Lynn Richmond; Fraser Hopkins; Marion Davis; Douglas Strang


‘Over a number of years they have provided excellent support and advice, displaying a depth of knowledge and practical experience which has been invaluable to us.’

‘Karen Brodie is often engaged in delivering time sensitive pieces of work. Going into any new project, we are always confident that in working with Karen, all our expectations of service will be met and usually exceeded.’

‘They are always on hand if there are questions and very clear in their help and direction.’

‘Marion Davis provided clear information on the updating of our Articles of Association, while also attending board meetings.  She then went on to do training on what it meant to be a trustee of the organisation. We also worked with Caroline Carr on the HR issues which was sorted out without any problems.’

Key clients

Kingdom Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

Loreburn Housing Association

Link Group

SHARE: Scottish Housing Associations Resources for Education

Langstane Housing Association

ng homes – trading name of North Glasgow Housing Association

Queens Cross Housing Association

Key Housing Association and its subsidiary Community Lifestyles

Govan Housing Association

Whiteinch & Scotstoun Housing Association

Milnbank Housing Association

Partick Housing Association

Cunninghame Housing Association

Hillhead Housing Association 2000

Tollcross Housing Association

Argyll Community Housing Association

Oak Tree Housing Association

Clyde Valley Housing Association

Cathcart & District Housing Association

Fair Work Convention

Pineview Housing Association

Berwickshire Housing Association

Blairtummock Housing Association

Craigdale Housing Association

Lanarkshire Housing Association

Parkhead Housing Association

Provanhall Housing Association

Ruchazie Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Spire View Housing Association

Southside Housing Association

Copperworks Housing Association

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland

Work highlights

  • Assisting Partick Housing Association with a judicial review as well as construction, employment, property and governance issues.
  • Providing Scottish Housing Associations Resources for Education with constitutional and governance advice.
  • Successfully defending Tollcross Housing Association in an appeal by a tenant to the Sheriff Principal.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP provides ‘a truly bespoke service’, with ‘first-class’ advice provided to both individuals and other legal entities across a wide array of traditional criminal areas, with a unique and substantial growth in the volume of cases relating to fatal road traffic collisions. Vikki Watt heads the practice and specialises in the defence of criminal and regulatory prosecutions, with her varied experience including all aspects of criminal defence, serious assaults, fraud, sexual offences and culpable homicide.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Gilles; Lindsay MacNeill


‘A truly bespoke service with the utmost level of professionalism provided.’

‘Vikki Watt – highly experienced, knowledgeable and confident partner. Clients feel confident in her ability and trust her. She is able to deal with people in stressful situations in a compassionate way whilst remaining entirely focused on the issues of the case and delivering the best possible representation.’

‘Alasdair Gillies is a highly experienced and knowledgeable partner who has a broad experience of criminal cases. He has a tremendous rapport with clients who have full confidence in his ability to navigate them through extremely difficult and complex cases.’

‘Lindsay MacNeill is a first class senior associate who is highly experienced in all areas of criminal law. Clients are immediately impressed by her grasp of the issues and detail of the case. She leaves no stone unturned in ensuring her clients receive the best possible representation.’

‘Alasdair Gilles is outstanding in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable and provides in-depth explanations and possible outcomes.’

‘They are a team of highly experienced criminal lawyers who are skilled in dealing with corporate clients.’

‘They have an in-depth knowledge of the criminal law both at common law and under statute, and their legal analysis of complex cases is extremely impressive.’

‘Their use of technology helps us greatly in navigating through increasingly complex criminal cases.’

Key clients

Scottish Police Federation




Work highlights

  • Acting for Andrew Grant, company director, securing his acquittal of the charge of culpable homicide and of three additional charges.
  • Acting on behalf of the Scottish Police Federation in connection with potentially career ending allegations. Successful negotiation with the Crown saw not guilty pleas accepted for four charges and acquittal achieved following trial on the remaining data protection charge.
  • Acted for a professional client and successfully defended a charge of death by dangerous driving in high court, successfully persuading crown to accept plea of careless driving not causative of death. In an unprecedented result, client was admonished.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

BTO Solicitors LLP‘s recoveries practice handles a varied range of work for banks and other financial institutions, credit insurers, SMEs, credit card companies landlords, retailers and care homes, among others. The group advises on secured and unsecured recoveries and has recently seen mandates in the hospitality, leisure, and food and drink sectors. Grant Hunter leads the group, which also fields litigator Angus Wood, who is dual qualified in Scotland and England, and senior associate Kirsteen Maclean.

Practice head(s):

Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:


‘Speed of service, delegation of instructions to specialist team members, swiftness of response to urgent queries, consistent Partner led engagement. Appreciation of the benefits of a reciprocal relationship.’

‘Availability, sound knowledge and experience of key contacts ensures trust and confidence in advice and services received. Grant Hunter and Angus Wood, Partners, Kirsteen Maclean, Senior Associate, stand-out in the areas attributable to our practice areas of debt recovery and insolvency.’

‘Great knowledge base covering all aspects of litigation required.’

‘Good level of engagement and expertise held.’

Key clients

American Express Services (Europe) Limited

Coface UK Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Barchester Care Homes Limited

Greenbelt Group

RMG Scotland Limited

First Bus Group (Transportation Claims Limited)

Robert Jones Glasgow Limited

Stena Line Ports Limited

James Gibb Property Management Limited

Scott and Co, Sheriff Officers

United Wholesale (Scotland) Limited

Debt Collect UK Limited

Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA)

Link Group (Link Housing)

Coyle Personnel Limited

FedEx Express UK Limited (agency)

Puma UK (agency)

Volvo Group (UK) Limited (agency)

Apex Resources Limited

Allma Construction Limited

Briar Homes Limited

Davis Track Hire Limited

Mears Group PLC

Shawfair LLP

Quarriers (Charity)

Barony Universal Products

Mctaggart & Mickel Group

Hero Brands

Pendragon PLC / Evans Halshaw / Stratstone

Isle of Arran Distillers Limited

SRJ (Scotland) Ltd t/a SRJ Windows & Kitchens

Invervar Hydro Development Limited

Luss Estates Company

Racon Management Services Ltd

Calma Group Ltd

Peter Cusack Property Consultancy Ltd

Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited

The Corum Partnership

Berwickshire Housing Association

Angus Dundee Distillers plc

Work highlights

  • Handle all credit card debt recovery litigation in Scotland for American Express Services Europe Limited.
  • Acting as the sole appointed Scottish solicitors for Coface UK and handle all its commercial debt recovery litigation in Scotland.
  • Acting as sole debt recovery provider to London & Cambridge Properties.

Employment Tier 3

With the Glasgow-based Caroline Carr anchoring BTO Solicitors LLP's employment law offering, it continues to stand out for its work in the healthcare sector, but the team also has expertise in the social housing, education and insurance industries. Clients often seek assistance with TUPE transfers, complex grievances and redundancy procedures; an area of notable growth has been employment tribunal proceedings, such as those pertaining to discrimination claims. Known for her specialism in the education sector, the Glasgow-based Laura Salmond is an essential contact for trade union and federation members. Dawn Robertson often handles senior executive departures, while senior associate Douglas Strang is recommended for his TUPE expertise.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Carr


‘I have had nothing but positive experiences with BTO. They reply very quickly to enquiries and are always willing to help, which is incredibly useful when you need a fast response. Nothing seems to be too much bother for them!’

‘I’ve had contact with lots of different people in the team and have found them all to be really helpful, providing excellent advice. Not only are the responses of high quality, each person is friendly and builds a relationship with you.’

‘Laura Salmond always takes the time to meet new members of our team and ensures we are getting the advice from her team that we need.  She’s lovely and clearly works extremely hard. I’ve been very impressed with the team at BTO.’

‘The approach is highly commercial and practical and seeks a fair and respectful outcome, which is what we as clients are also seeking.’

‘Laura Salmond is a busy lawyer but always returns calls without any prompting. She makes herself available despite her busy schedule, which is a strength I value. She delivers on time and provides concise opinions with which to work. Her manner and approach are also strengths, which I value.’

Key clients

British Medical Association

Royal and Sun Alliance Plc

Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Scottish Police Federation

Glasgow Kelvin College

ng homes

Epilepsy Scotland

Intelligent Pensions Ltd

Bethany Christian Trust

Scott Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mactaggart & Mickel on all employment aspects of the £46m sale of a Scottish housebuilder business.
  • Assisted a multinational insurance company headquartered in London with the successful defence of employment tribunal claims.
  • Advised Derbyshire Technology Solutions Company on the employment law aspects of a capital investment by a global private equity firm.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 3

With team head and commercial litigator Paul Motion, Edinburgh-based BTO Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in the contentious sphere, where the team advises on defamation and reputation management, production and recording contracts, and copyright issues. IP and cybersecurity expert Lynn Richmond, also noted for her commercial litigation credentials, has been active in the latter space. The team, which is best known for its music sector capabilities, is further geared to advise on non-contentious matters. Clients include artists, labels, promoters, and content platforms.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Richmond; Lauren McFarlane; Lily Morrison

Key clients

Stephen Gorman (Flowercard Scotland Limited)

Criterium Cycles Limited

Briffa Legal Limited

Courtney Riley

Ali Najafian

Paula Obrien Psychic Medium

Mallorca Lee & Rodger Hughes

BLOKSHOK productions

Club Los Claveles

Printerinks Europe Limited

Laura Barker

Work highlights

  • Advised Paula Obrien Psychic Medium on a contractual dispute in relation to her social media and website.
  • Provided Printerinks Europe Limited with short-term reputation management advice after the client was contacted by a BBC Watchdog demanding responses to questions.
  • Advice to BLOKSHOK Productions (the trading name of well-known Scottish musician Martin Metcalfe) on the registration of around 50 tracks with PRS by an organisation that the client maintains had no right to do so.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

With a specialism in the football, golf, boxing and darts sectors, BTO Solicitors LLP is an attractive choice for various leading sports clubs and governing bodies. Practice head Will Cole, an accredited mediator and commercial litigation expert, is regarded for his experience in disciplinary procedures, while Glasgow-based Andrew Sleigh, who has worked as a consultant for the firm since April 2022, handles corporate and commercial issues. Senior associate Michael Cox concentrates on sponsorship agreements and corporate deals. All named individuals are based in Edinburgh unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Will Cole

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledgeable team with a lot of experience in the sports sector.’

‘Practical advice that focusses on a positive outcome.’

‘Andrew Sleigh has lots of experience in the sector and is adept at dealing with any issues that arise.’

‘Will Cole is calm and measured, with an understanding of our objectives and those of our stakeholders.’

Key clients

Scottish Football Association

Quipu TV

Lenzie Rugby Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Scottish Football Association in proceedings before the Court of Session brought by Park’s of Hamilton (Holdings) Limited. This was connected to a dispute between the Scottish Professional Football League Limited and The Rangers Football Club Limited regarding sponsorships.
  • Advised QTV on an investment deal with UK Steel Enterprises Limited to deepen its broadcasting services in relation to various premier sporting events like the Scottish SPFL, the Scottish Cup and Scottish Rugby Super 6.
  • Advised QTV on the Hire of Studio and Operational Services Agreement with the SPFL and SFA.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Acting for a diverse range of national and international clients, BTO Solicitors LLP’s corporate offering regularly handles complex multi-million pound transactions concerning M&A, shareholder and director disputes, corporate restructuring and governance, as well as general commercial advice. The team is active across a wide array of sectors including hospitality, banking, and food and drink, with practice head Scott Wyper offering particular expertise in renewable energy. Emma Barclay is forging an impressive reputation in the market, advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial law from commercial contracts and re-organisations to investments and joint ventures

Practice head(s):

Scott Wyper

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent ability to form part of the project team and drive it to completion.’

‘More than capable of taking on the big boys and winning. Always willing to go the extra mile to make things happen.’

‘Emma Barclay and Scott Wyper assist on some large M&A deals in Scotland.’

‘The team like to have a more personal touch where possible.’

‘Their expertise covers a wide range which suits a client’s business.’

‘The individuals are always very professional, polite and more importantly, very capable.’

‘The team take matters in their stride, are calm and hit the required deadlines.’

Key clients

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

Scottish Hydro Investment Limited

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy Group

Scott Group Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers plc

Allied Vehicles Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited in connection with the sale of its housebuilding and timber frame businesses to Springfield Properties Plc.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Scott Group Investments Limited to BSW Timber Limited, part of the Binderholz Group, a global saw milling group with operations in Austria, Germany, Finland and the USA, and headquartered in Earlston, Scotland. Scott Group Investments Limited has over 30 subsidiaries, as well as several joint venture interests (including one in Latvia).
  • Acted for the shareholders of Resource Data Management Group Limited on their sale of shares to a Swedish investment company which specialises in the acquisition of innovative technology companies.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a broad range of disputes across the tourism and leisure, renewable energy, construction, banking and automotive sectors where its clients also benefit from the team’s close cooperation with the firm’s corporate crime, professional indemnity and regulatory groups. Grant Hunter leads the practice, which includes Will Cole, who handles shareholder disputes, property cases and insolvency litigation, complemented by his arbitration and mediation expertise. Other key contacts include Cat MacLean, who is experienced in handling financial claims and joined the firm from MBM Commercial in November 2022, as well as the ‘fiercely intelligentAngus Wood.

Practice head(s):

Grant Hunter

Other key lawyers:


‘One of its unique strengths is the sheer breadth of experience. They handle everything from the most complex and high-value disputes to the much more routine commercial litigation with equal strength. They are also one of the most organised firms when it comes to instructing counsel.’

‘Angus Wood is one of the many standout stars at BTO. He combines being fiercely intelligent on the complex legal issues with a real ability to give practical and commercial advice to clients about their options.’

‘Cat Maclean is an up-and-coming solicitor in the team. She is very good at the detail and super organised. A definite star of the future.’

‘A very good team with high-quality individuals, evidenced by the high quality of their clients and the returning business they provide.’

‘Angus Wood is commercially minded, provides good and strategic advice to clients and is knowledgeable and insightful in his advice.’

‘Will Cole is a personable, engaged and focused litigator, a great team player, who is a joy to work with.’

‘Solid understanding of our sector and the particular challenges that we face in litigation matters.’

‘Will Cole always deals with situations in a calm manner with a focus on achieving a positive outcome.’

Key clients


ADM Agriculture Limited

Club Los Claveles

Scottish Football Association

Exchange Communications Installations Limited

Ocean Outdoor

Stephen Gorman and Catherine Gorman


Bullet Express Limited

Smith and McLaurin Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for MAN SE in connection with multiple follow-on damages claims under competition law, founding upon the European Commission’s 2016 Trucks Decision.
  • Assisted the multinational grain supplier and processor ADM with litigation following the administration of the UK grain wholesaler Alexander Inglis and Son, through which ADM was able to recover over 3,700 metric tonnes of oil seed rape.
  • Acted for the shareholders of an online retailer on a multinational shareholder dispute involving interests in Scotland, England and Germany.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a variety of transactional work which spans corporate finance transactions, complex finance and restructuring exercises, and also acts for clearing banks on lending transactions to pension schemes. The practice has a broad sector focus which encompasses social housing, renewables, industrial and leisure, and is led by Nicholas McBride, who has niche expertise in ethical and social finance. He is supported by corporate finance specialist Jeremy Glen, who is active on restructuring, takeovers and share repurchase programmes.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas McBride

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Close Brothers Limited

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Crowd Property Limited

Maven Calmont (Dalian House) LLP

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Stena Line Group

Crieff Hydro Limited

Eden River LLP

Bright Stars Nurseries Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Triodos Bank UK Limited in the restatement of its Facility Agreement for Blackwood Homes and Care, a Housing Association at a high value of £5m.
  • Advising Close Brothers Limited on a facility valued at £8.74m.
  • Acted for Stena Line Group in respect to a global refinance exercise relating to the company’s Scottish Ferry Terminal/Port facilities. For indicative purposes this revolving multi-currency credit facility values c. €535m.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP is sought after by large and SME corporates, as well as high-net-worth individuals to provide expertise on complex restructuring and insolvency matters and has recently strengthened its offering through the addition of Catriona MacLean from MBM Commercial in November 2022; she has a proven track record in advising directors on personal guarantee claims. Team head Angus Wood specialises in insolvency disputes, while co-head Alastair Dunn is adept in complex corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Angus Wood; Alastair Dunn

Other key lawyers:


‘BTO’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice is well known for its versatility and breadth of experience. It acts for individuals, insolvency practitioners, litigation funders, and large multi-national businesses.

‘The real strength of the team lies in their thoroughness in running litigations and advising on disputes in corporate and insolvency matters, which is borne of the sheer breadth of experience the team possesses.’

‘Angus Wood is a stand out partner within this team. He combines excellent technical knowledge of the law with a truly commercial and practical understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Angus Wood is very impressive, on top of the detail, and easy to work with.’

‘BTO are particularly strong in real estate, property, litigation and corporate transactions.’

‘They are one of the few Scottish independent practices who provide such a wide range of services to their clients.’

‘One of the best independent Scottish firms that punch above their weight.’

‘Angus Wood brings strong interpersonal skills and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of litigation.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds Bank plc and Bank of Scotland plc)

Interpath Advisory

Opus Restructuring & Insolvency

FRP Advisory

Hastings & Co

Begbies Traynor


Johnston Carmichael


French Duncan LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Asertis Limited in the pursuit of two complex, high-value and high-profile gratuitous alienation claims arising from the administration of HGEC Capital Limited.
  • Advised ADM Agriculture in relation to complex and time sensitive applications in an administration to secure the release of over 3,000 tonnes of oil-seed rape.
  • Advising high-net-worth individuals in relation to multifaceted attempts to cease contract of a trading company, including the interaction of multiple different strands of proceedings, including defamation, s994 proceedings, liquidation and administration proceedings.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a steady stream of mandates across a wide array of sectors spanning hydrogen, solar, biomass, private wire schemes, energy from waste and community-led renewables projects. Project funding and structuring expert Scott Wyper leads the team and is highly sought after to advise on a diverse range of projects, from wind and domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes, to PPAs and grid connection sharing arrangements. Co-head Nicolas McBride is highly experienced in the property aspects of renewable energy work, such as land and servitude rights issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott Wyper; Nicolas McBride


‘Good team, very responsive and provide good advice.’

‘Scott Wyper is excellent; he is very personable, knowledgable and efficient.’

‘The team at BTO are extremely responsive, open to new ideas and challenges and really look for solutions for the client as opposed to setting out what is not possible and why it is not possible.’

‘Dealing with BTO has been a breath of fresh air, and we moved to this practice for bespoke energy contracts which other firms could not facilitate.’

‘Our contacts at BTO have been exceptional in providing timely and thought-out advice in what have been difficult contracts involving various parties.’

‘Scott Wyper and others have steered us through the process of preparing private wire energy supply contracts and remained, patient, pragmatic and professional at all times in circumstances which were new to all parties.’

‘A particular benefit was a clear focus on protecting our interests but still ensuring the contracts were workable for all parties.’

Key clients

Scottish Hydro Investments Limited

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Foster Turner Hydro Limited

Booth Welsh Automation Limited

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Ormsary Farmers

Balcas Energy

Srondoire Wind Farmers Limited

Inver Hydro Limited

Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP operates across a wealth of assets, including retail, housebuilder, renewables, social housing, hotel and leisure sites, with Graeme Kelly serving as an essential contact in the latter space. Practice head Jane Steel is well-versed in investment affairs, although the team’s wider capabilities span development, finance, and estate management and diversification matters. Other recommended individuals include firm chairman David Gibson, an expert in matters with a corporate crossover, and Scott Buchan, whose recent work includes BTR projects.

Practice head(s):

Jane Steel

Other key lawyers:


‘They know their clients’ needs and provide comprehensive advice.’

‘Scott Buchan knows how to use a telephone unlike many solicitors nowadays.’

‘All communication is clear and timely which has given me the confidence and assurance that BTO are providing a reliable service. The people that I have dealt with are knowledgeable and eager.’

‘I have worked closely with Peter Graham and am impressed not only with his knowledge in commercial conveyancing but his ability to update on progress without prompting.’

‘Their incredible work ethic means that I will be happy to continue to work with them in the future.’

‘The team understand their sector and can provide a varying level of service depending on what is required. They are equipped to offer and understand the full spectrum.’

‘Scott Buchan operates as if he is part of our own internal team – he is responsive and has a deep knowledge of the sector and how to resolve and avoid issues.’

Key clients

The Scottish Football Association

M7 Real Estate Limited

Scott Group

Standard Real Estate Ltd

Wirefox Management Limited

Panacea (Scotland) Limited

Kinross Estates limited

Martin Property Group

Inside Land Group

Bright Stars Nurseries Limited

Mar Estates Limited

Stena Line Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Mactaggart & Mickel on the sale of a housebuilding and timber frame business.
  • Advising Largo Leisure Limited on the disposal of four holiday parks.
  • Advising Bright Stars Nurseries Limited on its acquisition of a series of well-known children’s nurseries in Scotland.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

BTO Solicitors LLP has extensive experience in the commercial sector though also handles residential sector disputes. Clients include landowners, developers, landlords and tenants. As a reflection of practice head Will Cole, commercial litigator and accredited mediator, and his team’s expertise, typical instructions include lease disputes and dilapidations, property damage-related matters and disputes arising from corporate transactions; the latter is an area of strength for Angus Wood.

Practice head(s):

Will Cole

Other key lawyers:


‘Every individual I have come across within BTO is extremely knowledgeable in their field, providing sound advice and guidance.’

‘Angus Wood conveys advice in simple language. As a client, this approach is appreciated in aiding understanding. He always takes a commonsense approach to settling disputes, being pragmatic in attempting to find a resolution.’

‘The team is very commercially oriented and good to work with. They take time to understand the client’s aims and requirements and don’t just offer a ‘one size fits all’ approach.’

‘Angus Wood is a great communicator and offers clear and actionable guidance which takes account of client needs.’

Key clients

Ocean Outdoor

Hallam Land Management

Commercial Estates Group Limited

Rockford Trilogy Limited


Residential Management Group Scotland Limited

Glasgow Maritime Academy LLP

James Gibb Property Management Limited

CDR Holdings (Scotland) Limited

LCP Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ocean Outdoor Limited in a dispute regarding an agreement to lease a 131ft tall advertising totem at Glasgow Airport.
  • Acted for Rockford Trilogy Limited in a dispute concerning the application of the doctrine of tacit relocation in the extension of commercial leases.
  • Assisted Glasgow Maritime Academy LLP with a claim for damage to educational premises and equipment arising from an over-voltage electrical event.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

As well as advising on significant contractual and compliance matters, BTO Solicitors LLP is well known for its contentious IP offering, regularly handling complex trade mark prosecution and opposition, copyright and database infringement, and restrictive covenant abuses. Practice head and solicitor advocate Paul Motion has an abundance of apperances in the Court of Session regarding IP disputes, overseeing a team with broad sector specialisms spanning media, retail, technology and food and drink. Lynn Richmond is adept when it comes to both contentious and advisory matters, acting for major clients on development, protection and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Richmond


‘BTO Solicitors LLP make clients feel part of the process and explains technical aspects in a manner they can understand, they are not bombarded with legal jargon that often makes them feel alienated.’

‘Everyone at BTO Solicitors LLP makes time for a client’s case.’

‘Paul Motion is calm, thoughtful and very helpful from start to finish, he understands the nature of a client’s business and is able to get the results.’

‘Good combination of specialisms in the team.’

‘Great support from Lynn Richmond. She cut to the chase for our project and provided clear guidance on protecting our client’s IP.’

‘From the very start, I was listened to and advised in a calm and professional manner by BTO Solicitors LLP. ‘

‘We spoke about my budget, fees and what could be done, BTO delivered and really worked hard to keep it all on budget.’

‘I understood and knew what was going on at all times. I can’t thank Paul Motion and his team at BTO Solicitors LLP enough for what they have done for me, it’s life changing.’

Key clients

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd

QueryClick Ltd

Gleann Mor Spirits Company Ltd

Clarus Networks Ltd

Allied Vehicles Ltd

Mabbett & Associates Ltd

Wilsons Auctions Ltd

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd on all IP matters in respect of the £46m sale of business.
  • Successfully defending appeal by multinational drinks company Gleann Mor Spirits Company Ltd, allowing registration of our client’s trade mark.

Real estate > Construction Tier 5

BTO Solicitors LLP‘s contentious expertise attracts a mixture of insurers, housing associations, contractors and developers and translates into regular instructions arising from design and construction defects, contract terminations and insurance-related issues. Practice head and construction dispute expert Fraser Hopkins is an essential contact in this space. Senior associate Michael Kitson anchors the team’s non-contentious work, which is often embedded in a transactional context.

Practice head(s):

Fraser Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Mark Morton; Alan Eadie; Michael Kitson


‘Very detailed review of the case and good communication with clients.’

‘Fraser Hopkins stands out as enthusiastic and knowledgeable.’

‘Fraser Hopkins and Michael Kitson were proactive and constructive at all times.’

‘A wide and diverse range of capability meaning almost all types of disputes can be properly represented in-house.’

‘A personable approach to our business and the individuals within our business – they take the time to understand our business’ philosophy and overall strategy, offering up alternative views and angles.’

‘I have always found BTO to be responsive to requests, providing solid and timely advice in difficult circumstances for our business.’

‘Fraser Hopkins is an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner whose advice is provided in a succinct manner.’

Key clients


AXA XL/Chubb

New College Lanarkshire

Bearsden Golf Club

Trelleborg Offshore & Construction AB

Partick Housing Association Limited

Gilbert-Ash Limited

Argyll Community Housing Association Limited

Bell Building Projects Limited

Calma Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting through multiple successive insurers for a global technical services provider in connection with multiple claims at litigation and core participant involvement in a public inquiry concerning alleged design and construction defects, and resulting public health risks, arising out of the construction and commissioning of both the Edinburgh RHCYP/DCN and Glasgow QEUH hospitals.
  • Advising a main contractor prior to and throughout a £4m dispute in relation to the construction of a new hotel in the south of England.
  • Advising a national housebuilder on the construction aspects of the sale of its housebuilding and timber frame manufacturing business to a UK plc.

BTO is an independent Scottish law firm based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Helensburgh, which has enjoyed steady growth over the last decade across all sectors, and prides itself on providing a friendly, personalised service.

A full-service firm, it offers expert legal advice to businesses, individuals and families through the generations. It also advises a wide spectrum of sectors, from the arts and creative industries, to charities, leisure and hospitality and food and drink… and BTO ‘blends’ its services to fit client needs.

The firm is committed to the Scottish market, and it is also experienced in representing clients across the UK, as well as global businesses. It provides access to international legal advice through its membership of Mackrell International, a global legal network of legal firms in over 60 countries.

Clients range from large medical defence organisations and public sector organisations, not for profit and charitable organisations, to major insurers, major corporates, SMEs, real estate developers and investors, established manufacturers, well known retailers, financial institutions, membership organisations and senior executives.

BTO is viewed by its clients as client-focused, pragmatic and providing value for money. Its vision is to be the most pragmatic, client-centric law firm in Scotland – passionate, easy to work with and driven to ‘get the job done’.

The firm is committed to helping its clients reach their goals by collaborating with them and looking beyond the law.


On the commercial side, BTO advises on corporate law matters, commercial property, commercial and insurance-related litigation, regulatory and criminal defence (corporate and personal). Advice for families and individuals includes all family law matters, as well as residential property and wills, estates and succession planning.

Niche teams include: ADVantage advocacy service, abuse claims, banking and finance, construction and engineering, creative industries, crisis management, disease claims, data protection, education, employment, environmental, family law, health and safety, insolvency and corporate recovery, IP and technology, online reputation protection, recoveries, regeneration, renewable energy, rural business, third sector, social housing and sports law.


  • A multi-disciplinary BTO team acted on behalf of longstanding client Mactaggart & Mickel Group in connection with the sale of its housebuilding and timber kit businesses to Springfield Properties PLC for £46million.
  • The firm acted for South African Insolvency Practitioners in obtaining recognition of two sets of South African personal insolvency proceedings in Scotland. The personal insolvency relates to guarantees and securities of approximately ZAR80m and is part of a wider corporate insolvency involving the South African government investment funds, with an exposure of circa. ZAR800m.
  • BTO acted for DITT Construction Limited in the negotiation of a building contract with Sheltand Space Centre Limited for the construction of a satellite launch centre at Lamba Ness, Unst, Shetland. This project will see small rockets delivering pay loads into low orbit and it will host the UK Space Agency’s UK Pathfinder launch that will be delivered by Lockheed Martin and ABL Systems.
Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman David Gibson 0141 221 8012
Chief Operating Officer David Walker 0141 221 8012
Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery Grant Hunter 0141 221 8012
Corporate Scott Wyper 0141 221 8012
Crime (Corporate/Personal/Regulatory) Vikki Watt 0141 221 8012
Creative Industries / Data Protection/Media and Entertainment Paul Motion 0131 222 2939
Employment Caroline Carr 0141 221 8012
Family Lesley Gordon 0131 222 2939
Health and Safety Vikki Watt 0141 221 8012
Insurance Litigation Stephen Bryceland 0141 221 8012
Medical Negligence (defender) Laura Donald 0131 222 2939
Professional Negligence (defender) Laura Donald 0131 222 2939
Property/Real Estate Jane Steel 0141 221 8012
Renewable energy Scott Wyper 0141 221 8012
Rural Business Jane Steel 0141 221 8012
Social Housing Grant Hunter 0141 221 8012
Sports Law Will Cole 0131 222 2939
Intellectual Property and Technology Lynn Richmond 0131 222 2939
Charities & Not for Profit Marion Davis 0141 221 8012
Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Gregor Mitchell 0141 221 8012
Banking and Finance Nicolas McBride 0141 221 8012
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Angus Wood 0141 221 8012
Property Litigation Will Cole 0131 222 2939
Photo Name Position Profile
Will Cole photo Will Cole Partner Will is a Partner in our Commercial Dispute Resolution team based…
Mark Colquhoun photo Mark Colquhoun Senior Associate Mark has advised clients for over 15 years on a…
Laura Donald photo Laura Donald Partner and Solicitor Advocate Laura is a highly experienced solicitor advocate who…
Graeme Kelly photo Graeme Kelly Partner Graeme has more than 25 years’ experience working in the commercial…
Kirstine MacRae photo Kirstine MacRae Partner
Natalie McCartney photo Natalie McCartney Senior Associate
Lynn Richmond photo Lynn Richmond Lynn is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist…
Wendy Thomson photo Wendy Thomson Partner A Civil Solicitor Advocate with over 20 years’ experience of acting…
Photo Name Position Profile
Lesley Gordon photo Lesley Gordon Partner Lesley is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a…
Jill Harris photo Jill Harris Senior Associate Jill is a Senior Associate in BTO’s clinical defence team…
Michael Kitson photo Michael Kitson Senior Associate
Cat MacLean photo Cat MacLean Partner
Duncan Mawby photo Duncan Mawby Consultant
Lauren McFarlane photo Lauren McFarlane Associate
Gregor Mitchell photo Gregor Mitchell Partner
Lily Morrison photo Lily Morrison Solicitor
Paul Motion photo Paul Motion Partner and Solicitor Advocate Paul is a versatile and highly experienced civil…
Dawn Robertson photo Dawn Robertson Partner Dawn is an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law with over 20…
Number of UK partners : 36
Number of other UK fee-earners : 123 (including 16 trainee solicitors)