Amanda Millar

Chair of Court

Amanda Millar
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Amanda's core values of equality, equity, justice, and respect have led her to build a career based on integrity, clarity and an ambitious desire to help people access opportunities and develop themselves.

While still at university Amanda began her legal career as a tutor and went on to become a lecturer before completing her training to become a solicitor. Amanda was the first solicitor to be accredited in both incapacity and mental disability law and in mental health law.

Amanda's willingness to talk about issues and ask questions that others won't is a perspective that she has brought and continues to bring to a variety of paid and volunteer roles.

As an SCVO Policy Committee member and chair of mental health and diversity of thought charities she has used her skills and experience to support organisations and policy discussions in the third sector.

Amanda was the first open member of the LGBTQ+ community to be President of the Law Society of Scotland.

In addition to her role as Chair of Court at University of Dundee, receiving independent appointments relevant to her areas of specialty, working with individuals and organisations looking to embed inclusive values and practises, Amanda is also the independent chair of IoD Scotland's diversity and inclusion expert advisory group, Chair of Samaritans Scotland committee and trustee on Samaritans UK & Ireland Board.

Declared Interests

Start date on Court 1 August 2022
Chairperson until 31 January 2026
Employment (other than University of Dundee) Self-employed
Directorships Trustee, Samaritans UK & ROI
Other pecuniary interests None
Any other disclosure None
Related parties Scotland EDI Expert Advisory Group
Register last updated 2022


First degree LLB (Hons) University of Strathclyde
Higher degree DipLP University of Strathclyde

Non-executive career

2021 – date Law Society of Scotland Past President
2020 – date Institute of Directors Scotland, independent Chair Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group
2018 – date LawscotTech Founding Board Member
2008 – date Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Curator ad litem
2003 – date Sheriff Court Safeguarder; Reporter & Curator ad litem
2020 – 2021 Law Society of Scotland President
2019 – 2020 Law Society of Scotland Vice-President
2016 – 2020 Law Society of Scotland Convenor, Rules, Waivers and Guidance Sub-Committee
2016 – 2019 Changing the Chemistry Chair
2010 – 2019 Law Society of Scotland Member, Governing Council
2014 – 2019 Edinburgh Napier University Member, Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Expert Advisory Group
2015 – 2017 Law Society of Scotland Member, Audit Committee
2011 – 2017 Law Society of Scotland Member, Client Protection Fund Sub-Committee
2006 – 2017 Mindspace Board Member, then Chair
2013 – 2015 Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Member, Policy Committee

Executive career

2015 – 2019 McCash & Hunter Solicitors Partner
2006 – 2015 McCash & Hunter Solicitors Associate
2002 – 2006 Miller Hendry Associate
2001 – 2003 University of Dundee Tutor, Client Counselling
2000 – 2002 Blackadders Litigation Solicitor
1994 – 1996 Glasgow Caledonian University Lecturer, Law
1994 – 1995 University of Strathclyde Tutor, Law