Head of Employment, Pensions and Benefits Maclay Murray & Spens. Amanda leads the Employment Pensions and Benefits team at the UK firm, Maclay Murray & Spens. She is also head of the Dispute Resolution and Regulatory division and sits on the Firm’s Board. She has been a partner in the firm for nearly 15 years. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an expert in Employment Law and Discrimination Law. Amanda Chairs the Scottish Discrimination Law Association and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Equalities Law Reform Committee. Previously Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid, Amanda is a Non-executive Director of the Hibernian Football Club Limited and the Hibernian Community Foundation. She has a degree in Politics and an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.
How did you become interested in family friendly working?
I originally studied politics at University and was particularly interested in the politics of the home. When studying law I was very interested in discrimination law and employment law. The issue of family friendly working goes to the root of discrimination against women and equal pay issues in the workplace.
I was also interested on a personal basis, how I could advance my career while still having children. My personal experience demonstrates that having a husband who stays at home looking after the children is often a great option, but that parents have to try and work out what is going to work for them and their families.
How does family friendly working and flexibility benefit employers?
It encourages loyalty and efficiency and can reduce sickness absence and attrition rates. it also makes business sense to do what you can to retain staff in whom there has been much investment in training and who have great experience.
What does good work-life balance look like?
A balanced scorecard at home and work!
What three words best describe you?
Enthusiastic, committed and football- mad!