bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland

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Social Housing

BTO’s Social Housing team "understands the wider housing association sector and... where our risks are. The advice is concise, thoughtful and very clear." They are “good at speaking in simple language to explain what we need to do.” (Chambers UK).

BTO is one of the few firms in Scotland with a team of specialists offering a full range of services to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), funding institutions, local authorities and quasi-public bodies.

If you have any questions, please contact any of our team members featuring in the Team section below.


  • Acquisitions for RSLs

Brownfield sites, linked to associated acquisition by private developers and design and build contract with the developers; multi-million pound acquisition of development sites linked to previous acquisition of “off the shelf” new build flats; commercial premises for land banking purposes with related commercial lease work. 

  • Rules and constitutions for RSLs

Advice on Rules and constitutions for RSLs and their subsidiaries as well as joint ventures; including charity law considerations, where appropriate.

  • Training relevant to RSLs

Delivering training on matters relevant to RSLs, such as:
- For charitable RSLs: Duties of committees / boards as charity trustees
- Procurement
- Health and Safety
- Rent arrears

  • Governance and regulatory matters

Advice on governance and regulatory matters, including SHR (housing) and OSCR (charity) regulation, and on policies for RSLs to demonstrate compliance with good governance and regulatory requirements. 

  • Employment Matters

Advising RSLs on the full range of employment matters that can arise for an RSL employer.

  • Disposals

Acting for a Local Authority in the disposal of development sites.

  • Advising lenders

Ranging from standard security work to security trustees and syndications.

  • Advising re EU Procurement Regulations

Regularly providing general legal advice on all matters from EU Procurement Regulations, State Aid, incorporation and group structures, contract law, finance arrangements, to regulatory regimes (including OSCR), as well as business advice on law changes, new regulations, guidance or other relevant schemes.

  • Tenant issues

Securing and advising on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, interim orders affecting problem tenants and recovery of Factoring arrears. Also representing a large RSL in complex Arbitration proceedings.

  • Design and build disputes

Advising and representing RSLs on a variety of disputes arising out of design and build contracts, development issues and tenancy matters.



  • "...rates very highly for its professional service and knowledge..."

    The Legal 500
  • "Their work is of a very high standard and they always manage to prioritise for us. "

    Chambers UK
  • "...knowledgeable, meticulous and responsive..."

    The Legal 500
  • "...attention to detail is second to none..."

    Chambers UK
  • "High standards of work - level of detail that they go to is excellent."

    bto Client
  • "The team understands the wider housing association sector and understands where our risks are. The advice is concise, thoughtful and very clear."

    BTO Client
  • "They are very approachable and conscious that they are dealing with laypeople and so are good at speaking in simple language to explain what we need to do."

    BTO Client

Do you need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

If so, Really Good Data Protection (RGDP LLP) provides DPO services to businesses and organisations that choose to outsource all or some of their data protection requirements. Working in close association with our data protection team in BTO Solicitors, RGDP provides a high quality and cost effective DPO solution to the demands of DPA 2018 and GDPR. If you need a DPO, we would urge you to consider outsourcing and strongly recommend that you contact Claire Beckley for more information:

Claire Beckley
Data Protection Officer

T: 0131 222 3239
M: 07935 008316


“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