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BTO Solicitors LLP

Work 0141 221 8012
Fax 0141 221 7803
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Carly Forrest

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insurance; personal injury.


Partner and Solicitor Advocate

Carly jointly heads up a team of lawyers dealing with high value, catastrophic injury and fatal claims. Carly has worked exclusively in the personal injury field for over 15 years. Experienced in dealing with cases involving fatalities and injuries such as head/brain injury, severe spinal conditions, and amputations, psychiatric and psychological disorders.

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.

Carly is regularly instructed in complex cases which have an international element to them involving arguments about jurisdiction and applicable law. Examples include two fatalities in Africa and a fatality following an accident in Norway.

Carly is routinely instructed at the outset of a claim to provide advice to insurers on how best to protect their position in terms of the potential civil claim, and as a liaison between the Police/HSE and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in terms of any potential prosecution and/or Fatal Accident Inquiry. Works closely with Health & Safety team colleagues on cases which do result in prosecution to assist with proactive management and either repudiation of, or settlement, of any civil claims arising from the same incident. As a result of early intervention at the outset of a case, Carly is able to assist clients with the investigation and analysis of both liability and quantum and to develop a strategy for reaching satisfactory conclusion. In one recent amputation case, she achieved a very favourable resolution for her clients within 16 months of the accident, well before any litigation had commenced. She also successfully secured an exit for clients from a court action in which the sum sued for was over £2m, with her clients paying nothing. She also successfully appealed a fatal case which reaffirmed the law in relation to claims made by secondary victims.

Carly regularly presents to clients and non-clients in London, Manchester and Scotland, including a talk on Scottish fatal claims and the disparity between awards made north and south of the border at the London Stock Exchange.


Partner, BTO Solicitors LLP (2011–present); Solicitor Advocate (2009). Assistant BTO (2003–2011).




Law Society of Scotland; Forum of Insurance Lawyers; Scottish representative to the Sector Focus Team (SFT) on Rehabilitation, an area which is of essential importance when dealing with large loss and catastrophic claims; Member of the Scottish Large Loss SFT; 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.

Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender

Within: Medical negligence: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP is a ‘standout firm’ whose ‘highly capable lawyers’ attract praise for their ‘years of experience’. The team regularly acts for doctors, dentists and nurses in clinical negligence claims brought before the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, and in public inquires. Insurance companies also call on the practice to defend clinical negligence claims against their insured clients. The ‘excellent’ Douglas Jessiman jointly heads the team with the ‘superb’ Laura Donald; Donald’s track record includes acting for the Dental Defence Union (DDU) in all claims of negligent or defective treatment in Scotland raised against their members, while Jessiman defended a general dental practitioner against a compensation claim brought by a former patient before the Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court. The team also represented three doctors in the inquiry into the bin lorry crash in Glasgow city centre that killed six people in December 2014. Catherine Currie and Carly Forrest are also recommended.

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Personal injury: defender

Within: Personal injury: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP handles a wide spectrum of defendant personal injury work, and attracts praise for ‘putting the client first’ as well as ‘providing a first-class service in a timely manner’. The ‘knowledgeable, strategic and detailed’ Catherine Currie acted for Aspen Insurance in a health and safety case pertaining to the claimant’s work accident. The ‘outstanding’ Garry Ferguson, who ‘displays a good understanding of insurers’ needs and expectations’, handled multiple claims for an insurance client following the claimant’s tractor accident. Carly Forrest acted for Amlin Insurance in a Court of Session action. Stephen Bryceland heads the team, which includes Claire White, who was elevated to the partnership.

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