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BTO Solicitors LLP

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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

Personal injury: defender

Within: Personal injury: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘justifiably well-regarded team’ is noted for its ability to handle complex and high-value personal injury claims for insurers and insured corporates with ‘peerless flexibility and good communication’. It has ‘good expertise within the catastrophic injury arena’, in addition to a well-established anti-fraud department. The ‘highly experienced and extremely professional’ Carly Forrest stands out for being ‘tenacious in defence of client interests, while recognising when a pragmatic approach is required’. Forrest was instructed by a major insurance company to represent its insured, with respect to a criminal prosecution and concurrent civil claims arising from the death of a child in a swimming pool; the insured party was prosecuted and pleaded guilty to certain health and safety breaches, whilst the civil claims were negotiated out of court, leading to a significantly reduced settlement. Catherine Currie possesses ‘a firm grip on the big picture’, and handles a mixture of RTA, employers’, public and product liability cases. The ‘technically excellent’ Garry Ferguson specialises in complex high-value and fatal injury claims. Stephen Bryceland leads the practice.

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