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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Mark Morton

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insurance, product liability, property and fraud.


Partner and Solicitor Advocate

Mark works in BTO’s Insurance team providing advice on property disputes, large construction and engineering claims and product liability claims. Mark has been a Solicitor Advocate for over 15 years and has over 25 years’ experience of working in dispute resolution. Noted for being an imaginative problem solver, Mark has an ability to analyse claims quickly and to devise strategies which will deliver clients with excellent results. Recent work includes a flooding claim affecting over 20 properties; damages claims involving properties damaged by defective piling work; a multi million pound claim involving a leaking leisure centre; advising a company and its insurers in relation to claims arising from a high profile E.coli outbreak; fire claims arising from allegedly defective electrical products.


Partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2009 - present); Associate, BTO (2008 – 2009); Dundas & Wilson (1995 – 2008); MacRoberts (1993-1995); Trained Bishop & Robertson Chalmers; qualified 1992.




Law Society of Scotland; Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL); currently UK chair of the FOIL sub-committee for Property litigation.


Kelvinside Academy; Edinburgh University (1990 LLB (Hons)).


Cycling and gardening.

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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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

BTO Solicitors LLP, which fields six solicitor advocates, undertakes a comprehensive range of property disputes for insurance companies, property developers, property managers, registered social landlords and housebuilders, among others. David Young was the lead adviser to ELB Securities Limited (the owner of commercial premises on Buchanan Street in Glasgow) on a case which is the leading authority on the status of property disclaimed by the Crown during a time when a company has been struck off the register of companies. Bill Speirs, Jilly Petrie and others are acting for a large insurance company in a claim by William Grant & Sons, which arose from the collapse of the roofs of its warehouses as a result of heavy snowfalls in 2009 and 2010. Grant Hunter and Graeme Kelly are advising Pendragon Plc on a compensation claim at the Lands Tribunal, which relates to a CPO by Glasgow City Council to build a link road though the client's commercial premises in the east end of Glasgow. Mark Morton leads the team, which also includes consultant Robin Macpherson and Angus Crawford. Associates Mark McCluskie, Michael Collins and Jamie Reekie are also recommended. Tony Jones QC departed for Brodies LLP.

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