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Insurance, personal injury.
Partner and Solicitor Advocate
Carly specialises in high value catastrophic injury and fatal claims. Carly has worked in the personal injury field for over 10 years and with Catherine Currie, heads up BTO's catastrophic injury claims team.
Areas of expertise include: head/brain injury, severe spinal conditions, amputations, psychiatric and psychological disorders and a large number of fatalities.
Carly is part of the Marine, Energy & Ports team acting on behalf of international insurers and P&I Clubs in relation to personal injury actions including off shore incidents.
Experienced in dealing with jurisdictional and cross-border disputes throughout Europe and beyond and works closely with a global network of lawyers and experts to protect her clients’ position. Carly provides advice and assistance to insurers on how best to protect their position in terms of the potential civil claim, as well as a liaison between the Police/HSE and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in terms of potential prosecutions and/or Fatal Accident Inquiries. Works closely with BTO’s Health & Safety Team on cases which result in prosecution, utilising the information obtained to assist proactive management and either repudiation of, or settlement of, any civil claims arising from the same incident. As a result of being instructed at the outset of a case, Carly is able to intervene early and assist clients with the investigation and analysis of both liability and quantum. Carly successfully secured an exit for her clients from a court action in which the sum sued for was in excess of £2m with her clients paying nothing. She was one of only two Scottish lawyers to be asked to present at the London Stock Exchange where she presented a talk on Scottish fatal claims and the disparity between awards made north and south of the border.
Trained BTO Solicitors LLP; qualified 2003; partner BTO Solicitors LLP 2011. Assistant BTO Solicitors LLP (2003-11); solicitor advocate 2009; partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2011 to date).
Publications of note: BTO updates to clients on topical issues, on line article for the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland on Chapter 42A procedure.
Law Society of Scotland; Forum of Insurance Lawyers; Health & Safety Lawyers Association; Society of Solicitor Advocates.
Fernhill School (1st – 5th year); St Aloysius College (6th year); Strathclyde University LLB (2000), Dip LP (2001), NP (2002).
Travel and keep fit.
Personal injury: defender
Within: Personal injury: defender
BTO Solicitors LLP ‘goes the extra mile to get results for its clients’. The firm’s expertise includes motor collisions, employers’ liability matters and asbestos claims. Carly Forrest represented an insurer in a legally-novel appeal by a woman who saw the wreckage of her son’s fatal car crash. Practice head Stephen Bryceland ‘has a very good awareness of what clients need’. Clients include Chubb Insurance and NFU Mutual.