Amanda is highly experienced in all family law matters. She has attained three accreditations from the Law Society of Scotland namely Family Law, Child Law and Family Law Mediation. She is a member of CALM and the Family Law Association.
Amanda is qualified to provide clients with numerous options in terms of dispute resolution in family law. Amanda is an experienced litigator. She regularly appears in the Sheriff Court in cases involving the welfare of children and financial matters. She is also well versed in Court of Session litigation, having been instructed in many key family law decisions. Amanda regularly deals with negotiated cases, recognising that court is not always the best place in which to resolve family law disputes.
She has particular experience in relation to high-value financial provision, child relocation cases and adoption. Amanda has experience of representing the interests of children in family law cases, being regularly instructed by Glasgow Sheriff Court to prepare child welfare reports in cases where the welfare of children is in the issue. Amanda is a trained Childline Volunteer Counsellor. She has recently obtained the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, which she finds invaluable in delivering legal services with empathy and understanding.
Amanda is a ranked lawyer in the Chambers UK 2019 legal directory, where a source says: "She has a balanced, compassionate and insightful manner and considerable experience." Amanda is also a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 2018 where she is described as "highly knowledgeable".
Amanda has trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners. Amanda believes that family law cases should be managed with sensitivity and discretion, working with clients to identify and achieve their aims so that clients can be active participants in shaping the future outcome of their case.
Amanda is passionate about legal education, sharing knowledge and the future development of family law. She has been a tutor on the Strathclyde University Diploma in Professional Legal Practice for many years. She is regularly invited to speak at professional conferences, sharing knowledge and experience with the legal profession. Amanda often contributes articles in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, Green's Family Law magazine, and the Family Law Association magazine. Recent publications have included articles on child relocation, court procedure in family actions, and the resolution of complex disputes regarding the welfare of children.
Qualifications: MA (Hons); LLP Dip LP
Joined the firm: 2013