bto solicitors

BTO Solicitors

Kath Carlin

Cath Karlin, Head of family team at bto solicitors (above)

Edinburgh office
bto solicitors
One Edinburgh Quay
133 Fountainbridge

Glasgow office
bto solicitors
48 St Vincent Street
G2 5HS

Contact: Cath Karlin

Telephone: 0131 222 2959 or
0141 225 4848
Fax: 0131 222 2949

Geographical Regions Covered: Scotland with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Legal aid: No
Mediation: No
Collaborative law: Yes
Disabled access: Yes
Special Initial Interview Offer: Yes - Fixed fee package available on request
Head of Family team: Cath Karlin
Family Team Members: 7 in total
Family Law Association Members: Yes

Accredited Areas of Expertise:
  • Financial arrangements on separation, divorce and dissolution
  • Arrangements for children including Residence, Contact and Child Support issues
  • Pre nuptial agreements and pre civil partnership agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • International aspects
  • Child Abduction
  • Disputes between people who co habit
  • Collaborative Law
  • Grandparents
  • Representing Children
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy
  • Legal Guardianship
Other Departments: Core areas: family law, private client including: tax planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and residential property.

About us

bto is an independent Scottish Law firm with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Our experienced teams advise on personal matters, corporate and commercial law and commercial and insurance-related litigation.

The Family Law Team, based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, is experienced in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. We have litigated in some of the highest profile, complex cases in Scotland and have access to the best advocates.

In addition to being experts in family law, we have an additional specialism in child law and have had extensive experience in acting for children, adoption, surrogacy, contact, residence, grandparents rights and child support issues.

Increasingly, much of our work is preventative. We are regularly instructed in many Pre Nuptial /Pre Civil Partnership Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements in order to ensure that personal wealth including property and interests in family businesses are protected.

We think it is important that your family lawyer is somebody that you “click” with. We recognise that one size does not fit all. We have a large, friendly team offering both male and female representation. The team have a range of interests and personalities over and above being excellent at their job.

One thing we all share however is a passion for approaching things in a way that will limit damage to families going through separation, and particularly limit the impact of separation upon any children that may be involved.

Highly ranked and specialist individuals
We are all genuine specialists in family law rather than general practitioners. Each of us have many years of experience and offer a full range of dispute resolution options ranging from advice as to how to negotiate directly with your spouse, Collaborative Law, Family Law Arbitration and Litigation either in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session.

The team is headed by Cath Karlin. Cath is a leading family and child law specialist and has been a pioneer for positive changes in family law. Described as "accomplished in both financial proceedings and complex children matters" (Chambers UK) and a “leading light: professional, succinct and a pleasure to deal with” (The Legal 500), she is passionate about finding the most constructive outcomes for your family law dispute and offers straightforward, pragmatic advice. Cath firmly believes that you can divorce with dignity and is committed to help you minimise the fallout to you and your children that divorce and separation so often brings.

Out of hours contact
We do go the extra mile and are happy to accommodate out of hours meetings as we understand work and family commitments can sometimes cause logistical problems in getting in to the office during business hours. We can also come to you if that is more convenient. We all have smart phones and are able to pick up messages when we are out of the office. Our office is always manned during business hours by two dedicated paralegals who will know you and your case and be able to help you if your lawyer is in meetings or in court.

We have convenient centrally based offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and carry out work across Scotland. If you can’t come to us we can facilitate Skype/ Facetime calls. We are also members of an international network of legal firms which means that if you are living or working abroad, you can pop into an office that is local to you.


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