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BTO Solicitors LLP

48 ST VINCENT STREET, GLASGOW, G2 5HS, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Fax:
Fax 0141 221 7803
DX:
GW96 GLASGOW
Email:
Web:
www.bto.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Dorothy Hatfield

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
Web:
www.bto.co.uk
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insolvency and restructuring, commercial dispute resolution.

Position

Partner

Specialises in commercial dispute resolution, banking and insolvency litigation and has over 30 years’ experience in these areas. Also instructed regularly in both secured and unsecured recoveries. Well known for her expertise in the field of insolvency law, Dorothy acts for banks and insolvency practitioners in both personal and corporate insolvencies and for directors of insolvent companies in relation to misfeasance and disqualification issues. She has been involved in countless Sheriff Court and Court of Session litigations, many of a complicated or unique nature.  She was the lead solicitor in the UK Supreme Court case of Dooneen Limited t/a McGinness Associates –v- Mond which concluded in 2018 with a finding in favour of her clients. She is also experienced in the provision of mediation services

Career

Trained John Wilson & Co; qualified 1981; partner BTO Solicitors LLP 1989.

Languages

Basic German and French.

Education

Glasgow High School; Glasgow University (LLB, Dip LP, NP).


Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Dispute resolution is a major area of focus at BTO Solicitors LLP, whose high quality team fields 20 solicitor advocates. Robin Macpherson assisted Aikengall Community Wind Company Limited as the pursuer with settling a dispute with Storey Construction and AL Daines that had arisen over the construction of a 16 turbine wind farm. Jones QC and Jilly Petrie are representing AIG Insurance and the M74 Interlink Joint Venture in a high-profile land contamination claim brought by Esso. Dorothy Hatfield and others are representing Dooneen Limited t/a McGinness Associates in a potentially groundbreaking UK Supreme Court test case, which concerns the entitlement to PPI awards where there has been an intervening insolvency of the claimant. Paul Motion  acted for Trump International Golf Links Scotland in cases concerning derogatory material published on Facebook, as well as US and UK news outlets, and also worked with Laura Irvine to represent the same client in a data protection matter. David Young is particularly active in property litigation, including cases involving property damage and commercial leasing. Angus Crawford's wide-ranging expertise includes cases related to oil and gas, environment, construction and contractual disputes. Grant Hunter leads the team with Jones QC. Bill Speirs, Mark Morton and Sandra Cassells are other key figures. Tony Jones QC joined Brodies LLP.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

BTO Solicitors LLP undertakes a sizeable volume of secured and unsecured recoveries work for banks and credit insurance companies, as well as Scottish, UK and international businesses. In addition to banking and financial services, the team (which is led by Grant Hunter) is particularly active in retail, property management and social housing. Other sector strengths include food and drink, and ports and marine. Dorothy Hatfield and others are acting for a PPI claim recoveries company and its client (which had succeeded in a PPI claim) in a UK Supreme Court case which concerns the entitlement to PPI awards where there has been an intervening insolvency by a claimant. Quarriers, Cigna Global Health and American Express Services Europe Limited are other notable clients. Hunter's team also includes David Young and consultant Robin Macpherson, who is an accredited insolvency specialist. Kirsteen Maclean has more than 10 years of debt recovery experience. Tony Jones QC joined Brodies LLP.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

BTO Solicitors LLP's outstanding reputation in dispute resolution makes it a particularly strong choice for insolvency litigation, which includes cases involving allegations of misfeasance by company directors, personal liability and disqualification proceedings. Robin Macpherson and James Reekie acted for the liquidator of Denmore Investments in an appeal at the Sheriff Appeal Court, which related to the liquidator seeking to reduce a guarantee granted by the liquidated company on the basis that it constituted a gratuitous alienation under section 242 of the Insolvency Act 1986. On the non-contentious side, Alastair Dunn is experienced in insolvency-related corporate restructurings, while Andrew Sleigh (an accredited specialist in insolvency) has expertise in M&A transactions. Kirsteen Maclean, who acts for insolvency practitioners in personal and corporate insolvencies, holds the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (Scotland) qualification from the Insolvency Practitioners' Association. Grant Hunter is another name to note. Dorothy Hatfield and Dunn jointly head up the practice.

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