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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Michael Collins

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation and Insurance


Associate and Solicitor Advocate

Michael is part of BTO’s Property Litigation team, dealing with both pursuer and defender instructions, acting principally for major insurers.

The majority of Michael's caseload is made up of property and product liability claims in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. He is regularly instructed to provide advice to insurers on policy issues, including fraud issues.  In addition to managing his own caseload, Michael is responsible for supervising junior solicitors and trainees, and is also instructed in his capacity as Solicitor Advocate in a variety of cases.  

Important cases and deals:

  • Solicitor advocate for insurers of electricians defending a claim arising from an electrical fire
  • Principal solicitor defending various claims associated with recalled products, including multiple claims involving miniature circuit breakers which were alleged to have caused fires
  • Principal solicitor for a major computer manufacturer defending a fire damage claim
  • Principal solicitor for insurers of main contractors defending a claim arising from a cable strike incident
Principal solicitor advising insurers in a coverage dispute involving business interruption arising from a significant data loss incident


Trainee solicitor, BTO Solicitors LLP (2007-2009); Solicitor, BTO: Insurance Litigation Department, member of both the Personal Injury team and Property Litigation team (2009-2012); Senior Solicitor, BTO: Insurance Litigation Department, Property Litigation team (2012-2016); Associate, BTO: Insurance Litigation Department, Property Litigation team (2016-present); Qualified as Solicitor Advocate in 2015.




University of Glasgow (2002-2006): LLB (Hons) Law with French Legal Studies; Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (2004-2005): Attestation D’Etudes Juridiques Francaises; Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2006-2007): Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice; Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2008): Professional Competence Course.

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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