Carla Fraser

Year of Call 2020

Carla’s practice focusses on public and administrative law, health and safety, professional discipline and regulation and reparation.

She called to the Bar in 2020 having gained considerable experience as a solicitor with an international firm.  She has held extended rights of audience in the civil courts as a solicitor advocate since 2014.

She was appointed as a Standing Junior to the Advocate General for Scotland in 2021.

Regularly appearing in court throughout her career, Carla has experience in conducting substantive judicial review hearings, appeals, civil jury trials, criminal trials, fatal accident inquiries, proofs, debates and opposed motions, including urgent motions for interim orders.

Carla was also previously appointed to the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal as a legal member and was formerly a legal adviser to the Scottish Social Services Council.

She also has significant experience in the field of criminal litigation, having both served as a Procurator Fiscal Depute and defended clients from prosecution.

Representative Cases

The Sheku Bayoh Inquiry (ongoing)
Junior counsel for certain core participants in this public inquiry.

KB v West Lothian Council (2021)
Junior counsel for the pursuer in this ongoing personal injuries case (one week proof completed and decision awaited).

JT v West Lothian Council (2021)
Junior counsel for the defender in this ongoing personal injuries case (three week proof completed and decision awaited).

HMA v Chief Constable, Police Service of Scotland (2021)
Instructed as junior counsel for the Chief Constable in this health & safety prosecution.

Vanags v Travel Republic Ltd (2020)
Counsel for the defender in this personal injuries action involving a debate regarding the application of the package holiday regulations.

Thomas O’Leary for Judicial Review - [2020] CSOH 81
Instructed for the second respondents who were convened by amendment on an expedited timetable. The petitioner alleged breaches of statutory duty and of articles 5 and 14 ECHR. Successfully argued that the petitioner’s case against the second respondents was irrelevant.

Chief Constable v AR, Alloa Sheriff Court (2017)
As Solicitor Advocate, represented the Chief Constable at debate in this application for a Risk of Sexual Harm Order. Successfully resisted an argument that the application breached the respondent’s rights under article 6(2) of the ECHR as the case was based on events for which the accused had been prosecuted and acquitted.

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    Parliament House
    EH1 1RF