Amanda Millar has committed her legal career to ensuring that voices of the under-represented are heard. This is a core value she brought with her during her time as President of the Law Society of Scotland, reflecting the importance of listening to and encouraging a diverse range of voices both within the profession and in the public they serve.

A highly-respected solicitor of long-standing Amanda has never sought to fit a particular mould, remaining true to her values of empathy, inclusion and robust challenge. Living and practising outwith the central belt, Amanda knows the importance of providing opportunities for members to take part and feel involved no matter where they live.

More significantly as a young gay woman who could not find a visible role model who embodied her own experiences or ambitions, Amanda is embracing the challenge to be the inclusive change she wants to see and provide that visibility and voice for others.
Amanda has never been shy in leading the way. She was the first solicitor in Scotland accredited by the Law Society in both Mental Health Law and Incapacity & Mental Disability Law and has remained the only solicitor with this dual accreditation to practice outwith Glasgow and Edinburgh. Amanda brings this experience to her role on the expert advisory group for the Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Rights and Policy at Edinburgh Napier University.

Not being afraid of asking the questions others won’t, Amanda has brought this perspective to a wide variety of paid and volunteer roles throughout her career, most recently as an associate and latterly partner with McCash & Hunter Solicitors in Perth. As partner she was responsible for trainee recruitment and training. This has been a feature throughout her career with having been either a tutor or lecturer in law at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Dundee previously.

As an SCVO Policy Committee Member and as board member then Chair of Mindspace Ltd Amanda has used her skills and experience to support organisations and policy discussions in the third sector. She was also the first non-executive Chair of Changing the Chemistry (SCIO) holding that post until September 2019.

As a representative of the profession Amanda was first elected to Council in 2010 and has served on a number of committees including seven years on the Client Protection Committee, two years on the Audit Committee, five years on Professional Practice and six years on the Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee for which she is now an observer member. Amanda was also the Convener of the Rules, Waivers and Guidance Sub-Committee until taking up the role of President at the end of May 2020.

Amanda is continuing to challenge herself as the non-techie in the room on the LawscotTech Advisory Board.

Amanda lives in Perthshire with her wife Joyce and their dog Darcy and when not leading the charge for the legal profession she enjoys cooking, eating and supporting Liverpool FC.

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