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BTO Joins Forces with Carruthers Gemmill – Scotland’s Longest Running Family-owned Law Firm

19 March 2024

With effect from 2 April 2024, Carruthers Gemmill, a renowned family-based law firm with a legacy spanning over 150 years, will become part of leading law firm BTO Solicitors LLP.

As one of the West of Scotland’s most established and successful law firms, Carruthers Gemmill has been advising generations of families, small businesses and corporate clients for well over a century, and has built an exemplary reputation for its dedication to client care.

Under the new arrangement, Senior Partner Tommy Gemmill, the fifth generation of the Gemmill family, and his Partner Stephen Watt, will join BTO as Consultants in BTO’s Glasgow office. They bring with them a highly skilled team of 9 professionals specialising in Wills, Estates and Succession Planning and Residential Conveyancing.

David Gibson Grant Hunter Tommy Gemmill Stephen Watt And Lesley Gordon 

Tommy Gemmill, well known for considering his clients to be part of an extended family, stated:

“Carruthers Gemmill was founded in 1870 by my great-great grandfather and, it is essential to me to ensure the continued success of our firm. 

“This new arrangement marks a positive development for both firms, enhancing the range of services offered to our clients and further strengthening BTO’s Wills, Estates and Succession Planning and Residential Property teams.

“Stephen and I are excited for the future and I am confident that under the BTO umbrella, our clients will receive a personal and approachable service, maintaining the high standards that we have set over the years.”

Tommy and Stephen, who have specialised for decades in advising lottery winners on legal and taxation matters related to significant wins, have a diverse clientele stretching from Shetland to Stranraer.

David Gibson, BTO’s Chairman, shared his enthusiasm for the alliance commenting:

“This is a significant milestone in our ongoing strategy of seeking opportunities that complement our existing practice. We are honoured to be entrusted with the care of Carruthers Gemmill's long-established client base.

“BTO looks forward to building on the rich legacy of Carruthers Gemmill and continuing to provide exceptional legal support to individuals and families across Scotland.”


Tommy Gemmill, Consultant: / 0141 483 9607          

Stephen Watt, Consultant: / 0141 483 9608

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

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