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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Caroline Earnshaw

Work 0131 222 2939
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Construction and Engineering; Non-Contentious Construction



Caroline is an Associate in BTO Solicitors LLP’s Construction and Engineering Team. Caroline’s specialist area of practice is non-contentious construction. She has been involved in the construction and engineering industry for over 15 years.

Working in both the private and public sectors Caroline specialises in reviewing, drafting and negotiating construction and engineering contracts for projects throughout Scotland acting for employers or construction professionals alike. She is experienced in giving advice in connection with standard form contracts (SBCC, JCT and NEC) and related bespoke contracts such as schedules of amendments, guarantees, construction professional’s appointment agreements, collateral warranties, framework agreements and development agreements. Caroline also acts for funders and parties acquiring an interest in property; reviewing and assessing construction contracts to ensure that adequate protections are in place to safeguard her clients’ interests.

Caroline has a particular interest in regeneration projects and has been involved in a number of significant high profile regeneration schemes in Scotland since joining BTO. She also has considerable experience in the Retail and Leisure, Social Housing, Student Housing, and the Renewables Sectors.

Caroline regularly provides training sessions/workshops to clients. She has enjoyed speaking at construction industry conferences (recent seminars “Contracts: latest updates you need to know about” RICS QS and Construction Conference 2016, Scotland) and contributes to construction industry publications (recent publication “Striking the right balance over BIM” Project Scotland Magazine July/August 2016).


Associate, BTO Solicitors LLP (2013 to date); Trainee to Solicitor and then Associate with DWF Biggart Baillie. (2001 – 2013); Trainee (Non-Contentious Construction (including Projects), Commercial Property, and Corporate) (2001-2003); Newly Qualified Solicitor split role Non Contentious Construction and Commercial Property (2003-2004); Specialised in Non Contentious Construction (2005); Associate (2008 – 2013).


The University of Edinburgh LLB (1996 – 2000); Diploma in Legal Practice (2000-2001)

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

BTO Solicitors LLP’s practice handles a range of issues for various stakeholders in the renewable/alternative energy sector, including corporate structures, project finance and asset finance, commercial contracts, investments into projects and site acquisitions. Its wide-ranging experience encompasses schemes related to onshore wind, solar, hydro, biomass, community renewables and energy-from-waste. Nicolas McBride and Jeremy Glen jointly head the team, which acted for Garbhaig Hydro Power Company on the redevelopment of a 2MW storage hydro scheme, and advised Triodos Bank on the financing of a three-turbine wind farm, which is being developed as a joint venture between Community Energy Scotland and a housing association. Scott Wyper, chairman Alan Borthwick and David Gibson are other key partners in the team, which includes associates Marieclaire Reid, Jennifer Whitelaw and Caroline Earnshaw.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

BTO Solicitors LLP’s team demonstrates strong capabilities in non-contentious construction matters, where it assists clients with contractual and procurement issues, advises on insurance policy interpretation and indemnity issues, and provides strategic advice at all stages of construction projects. The firm also has impressive contentious credentials, including handling disputes over outstanding payments and extensions of time, challenges to certification, construction defects and insurance-related matters. Sandra Cassels, who has been involved in more than 50 adjudications, is also experienced in litigation, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. Cassels co-heads the practice with Jilly Petrie, who handles construction claims for insurers and insured parties, and various other contentious construction matters. Consultant Ann O’Connell and Claire Mills assisted a subsidiary of the Institute of Structural Engineers with updating its guidance note on legal responsibilities and liabilities arising from the SER Scheme for Certification of Structural Design. Associates Julie Scott-Gilroy and Caroline Earnshaw are also recommended.

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