Amy J Donachie specialises in family law and has a specific interest in child law.
Prior to calling to the Bar, Amy gained 8 years experience as a litigation solicitor. As a solicitor, she practised in all areas of family law and child law. She has many years of experience of dealing with all matters arising from the breakdown of relationships including financial provision on divorce and claims arising on the breakdown of cohabitation. Amy was regularly instructed to deal with disputes in relation to children including contact, residence and relocation.
She gained a specialist knowledge and experience of Children’s Hearings, Referral proceedings in the Sheriff Court and permanence order applications. She was regularly instructed to represent birth families in cases where children were removed into local authority care. She has experience in dealing with complex medical evidence in public law cases involving children and in human rights disputes with reference to family matters. As a solicitor Amy conducted a number of Sheriff Court Appeals based on Article 8 rights. Amy would be keen to continue with this type of work along with Judicial Review matters which impact on Human Rights.
In addition to dealing with family law and child law, Amy also gained some experience in personal injury law, criminal injuries compensation, professional negligence and property disputes.
Since calling to the Bar Amy has continued to be instructed regularly in all aspects of family law and child law. She has been instructed in a number of relocation and permanence cases and she is regularly appointed as a Child Welfare Reporter, Curator ad Litem and Reporting Officer.
Amy was instructed as Junior Counsel in RG v Glasgow City Council 2020 SC 1.
Amy is a contributing editor of the Butterworth’s Scottish Family Law Service, a LawScot Foundation Mentor and she is on the Faculty of Advocates’ Scholarship Committee.
Amy is a tutor on the Civil Procedure Course of the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University, and also a committee member of the Advocates Family Law Association. She is the Secretary of the Junior Bar Association and also on the Board of Family Journeys.
Mobile: 07939 460 940
Email: Amy J Donachie