09 November 2015
Edinburgh office sees arrival of Graeme Kelly as partner and Elaine Del Valle as associate. Leading independent Scottish law firm bto solicitors has announced the appointment of Graeme Kelly and Elaine Del Valle as it looks to grow its Edinburgh based property team.
Photo from left to right: Elaine Del Valle, Alan Borthwick, Graeme Kelly
Joining from DWF (formerly Biggart Baillie) as a partner, Graeme Kelly has 25 years’ experience working in the commercial real estate and property markets, in particular providing expertise to clients in the hospitality and retail sectors. He has particular experience in acting for developers, investors and funders and brings to bto a specialism in the development, operation and financing of hotels and other leisure and licensed premises, holiday parks and care homes, advising clients from major national brands to small independent operators.
With a wealth of experience in residential conveyancing work, Elaine Del Valle joins as an associate from Pagan Osborne to lead and develop bto’s residential conveyancing practice in its Edinburgh office. Her areas of expertise include the purchase and sale of residential properties, transfer of titles, remortgaging, executry conveyancing and property transfers as a result of separation and divorce. She also has experience in shared equity and Help to Buy schemes.
bto’s chairman, Alan Borthwick, commented: “The arrival of Graeme and Elaine is a significant milestone in the development of our Edinburgh property team and we are thrilled they have chosen to join us. Both are highly-regarded in their field and their wide-ranging expertise is a valuable addition to the team.”
The firm also announced a raft of promotions: Caroline Earnshaw of the Construction and Engineering team in bto’s Edinburgh office has been promoted to associate, whilst the Glasgow office saw Calum Sweeney and Angus Gillies of the Insurance team, Lindsay MacNeill of the Health and Safety team, and Ross Campbell of the Commercial Litigation team all promoted to senior solicitors.