bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland

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    "really fights your corner..." Chambers UK
  • "Consistently high-quality work and client-friendly approach."
    "Consistently high-quality work and client-friendly approach." Chambers UK

Environmental & Planning

Contaminated land and pollution issues have arisen in many development projects where we have given legal advice relating to environmental protection and liability for contamination. 

In such cases we have advised on:

  • who is liable and
  • contracts and warranties/indemnities about environmental liabilities generally.

This can form a significant part of any negotiations relating to a development project. Potentially, such environmental liabilities can impose a significant commitment on the liable party. 

Contact: David Gibson, Partner

Planning Matters

We have broad experience of planning law, in particular concerning development projects. We have been involved in applications for planning permission and acted for objectors to applications and appellants. Generally, our approach is to seek an agreed way forward for all parties, including the planning authority. 

We have negotiated many Section 75 Agreements and Section 69 Agreements, some of which have been very complex, covering large projects that are to be developed over a period of years.  We work for our clients in partnership with the relevant planning authority. 

In planning appeals, we have made representations both by written submission and to public inquiries. We have also advised clients who have made representations to Local Plan public inquiries. We have a number of Solicitor Advocates whose expertise can be invaluable in such inquiries.

Waste Management

BTO has experience in considering waste management licensing from the point of view of licence holders, potential buyers of land subject to such licences and holders and applicants for exemptions from waste management licences.  We can offer sound advice in this complex area of the law. 

Contact: Marion Davies, Associate T. 0141 221 8012

“The level of service has always been excellent, with properly experienced solicitors dealing with appropriate cases" Legal 500

Contact BTO


  • 48 St. Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 5HS
  • T:+44 (0)141 221 8012
  • F:+44 (0)141 221 7803


  • One Edinburgh Quay
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9QG
  • T:+44 (0)131 222 2939
  • F:+44 (0)131 222 2949