bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland

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

Professional Discipline and Clinical Defence

Based in our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, our solicitors provide specialist advice and representation to a wide range of professionals.

This work includes advice and representation in employment and disciplinary matters, referrals to regulatory bodies, claims for damages in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts, Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries.

We have particular expertise in representing doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professional such as chiropractors, opticians and pharmacists. Our team is ranked Band 1 by Chambers UK for clinical negligence work. We are instructed by all major UK Medical Defence Organisations and we also act for individuals on a private basis. We are experienced in representing the medical and dental professions in claims for damages, referrals to regulators including the General Medical Council and General Dental Council, disciplinary matters, and NHS Tribunals.

Our team is headed by Laura Donald, who has considerable expertise in this field.

Contact: Laura Donald, Partner T: 0131 222 2939


  • Acting for all major UK Medical Defence Organisations

Also act for individuals on a private basis.

  • Representing individual clinicians

Representing individual clinicians including: surgeons, physicians, radiologists, anaesthetists paediatricians and GPs before their regulatory body the GMC.

We represent such clinicians in all aspects of the regulatory and disciplinary process from initial complaint to resolution of the matter.

  • Appealing decisions of regulatory bodies

Appealing decisions of regulatory bodies to the relevant supreme courts.

  • Representing medical professionals in disputes with their employers

Representing medical professionals in disputes with their employers arising from health, conduct or performance issues.

  • Advising consultants and health board staff

Providing advice and representation to consultants and health board staff in disciplinary investigations by their employers.

  • Fatal Accident Inquiries

Representing medical professionals including doctors, nurses and dentists in numerous complex Fatal Accident Inquiries across Scotland.

Representing the interests of clinicians and nurses working within the prison system at Fatal Accident Inquiries.

  • Representing Dentists

Before their regulatory body the GDC.

Assisting dentists dealing with queries and investigations arising from the Practitioner Services Division of the NHS.

  • Chiropractors and pharmacists

Representing other healthcare professionals such as chiropractors and pharmacists before their respective disciplinary bodies.

  • High profile Public Inquiries

Representing individual medical professionals at complex and high profile Public Inquiries, both in Scotland and in other jurisdictions.

  • NHS

Representing NHS employees and NHS contractors before NHS Tribunals

  • Court of Session and Sheriff courts

Representing medical professionals in negligence claims in both the Court of Session and Sheriff courts -  wide experience of high value, complex claims including fatal claims, wrongful birth actions, brain injury, laser eye surgery and dental cases.

  • Social media - protecting reputations

Protecting the reputation of medical professionals on social media and in other media including obtaining interdicts and non harassment orders as appropriate.



  • "BTO’s excellent team has particular experience in FAIs, and shows ‘impressive consistency."

    The Legal 500
  • "exceptional client-handling skills."

    Chambers UK
  • "Produces the highest calibre of work, quickly and often at short notice."

    The Legal 500
  • "...fantastic grasp of detail..."

    Chambers UK
  • "...extremely personable..."

    The Legal 500
  • "Superb"

    Chambers UK
  • "impressive tactical awareness in cases of the utmost seriousness. "

    The Legal 500
  • "The quality of the partners makes this a standout practice that should be regarded as number one in Scotland."

    BTO Client
  • "They are very personable, quick to get back to you and able to handle the most complex and difficult litigation – ten out of ten."

    BTO Client
“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