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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow
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.

  • Number of UK partners: 48
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 135 (including 13 trainees)
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Above material supplied by BTO Solicitors LLP.

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