BTO is a leading Scottish provider of Solicitor Advocacy services (representation in courts, tribunals and inquiries; written opinions) through its ADVantage advocacy product.
The firm is committed to offering advocacy services direct to its own clients and to other solicitors who lack an advocacy capability as a “one stop shop” without the need to engage external counsel. BTO ADVantage offers the services of twenty Solicitor Advocates (in-house counsel).
In today’s fast moving and increasingly regulated world, clients need representation that is proactive, accessible, business-like, plain speaking and competitively priced. BTO ADVantage enables clients to instruct their Solicitor Advocate direct, rather than having to instruct a solicitor and an external advocate. BTO’s Solicitor Advocates also regularly appear on the instructions of other solicitors.
BTO’s ADVantage team has the highest headcount of Solicitor Advocates in any Scottish law firm. We can offer representation in the highest courts: the Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary, Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as Sheriff Courts including jury trials. We have appeared in Fatal Accident Inquiries and before The First Tier (Information Rights) Tribunal. Our Solicitor Advocates have advised on investigations by the Care Inspectorate, the Information Commissioner and the Health & Safety Executive.
Through BTO ADVantage, BTO remains at the cutting edge of change in the delivery of representation in Scotland.
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- Cora Foundation v East Dunbartonshire Council  CSIH 46
Tony Jones, Solicitor Advocate and head of ADVantage successfully saw off the Defenders Appeal in the Inner House (Court of Appeal). BTO acted for the Pursuers (Plaintiffs) in claiming property damage from a riot that occurred within a secure institution. The Defenders argued that the Scottish legislation did not allow a party exercising a public law function to make a claim.
- MacRoberts LLP v McCrindle Group Ltd  CSOH 9946
Tony Jones, Solicitor Advocate and accredited specialist in professional negligence law, appeared for the Pursuers at Proof (trial) and successfully argued that the Defenders had failed to establish that the Pursuers were in material breach of contract and thus were entitled to payment of their fees.
- James Hendrick v The Chief Constable & others  CSIH 22
Tony Jones, Solicitor Advocate, appeared along with Jonathan Lake QC on the instructions of the Scottish Police Appeals Tribunal. Tony and Jonathan successfully argued that the Petitioner’s challenge to his dismissal from the force, on the basis of the standard of proof applied, came too late and was barred by that delay (mora).
- Aquatron Breathing Air Systems Limited v Strathclyde Fire Board
Paul Motion, Solicitor Advocate, acting for the Fire Board in this, the first ever Scottish case to run all the way to proof in connection with EU and UK Public Procurement Law.
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