THE SYLA COMMITTEE
Amina is a Solicitor within the Intellectual Property and Commercial Contracts team at MacRoberts. Amina completed the LLB at Robert Gordon University, and then went on to complete her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Amina is also Committee Member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Racial Inclusion Group.
Amina served on the SYLA Committee for two years as a non-executive committee member, and one year as the Treasurer. In her role as Vice President, she hopes to bring her passion for representation to the forefront and is dedicated to being the voice for those that are unrepresented within the legal profession.
Having personally experienced a career transition, Amina is keenly aware of the challenges faced by junior lawyers who wish to move across disciplines. Amina intends to raise awareness and organise events that highlight the potential of transferrable skills. By bridging this overlooked gap, our progression can open doors to new opportunities and enable junior lawyers to thrive in different sectors.
Amina believes in the power of networking and building meaningful relationships. She hopes to begin a networking group focused on bringing together professionals from various fields within the legal and professional services spectrum.
In addition, Amina hopes to continue with the SYLA podcast to address pertinent issues faced by our members. The SYLA podcast platform will serve as a voice for the underrepresented, tackling the challenges faced by those within our legal profession.
Lastly, Amina hopes to use her platform to address issues relating to gender and racial equity, intersectionality, reverse mentoring, and social mobility. Amina is a passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusivity and is committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive legal profession for all.
Heather is a trainee solicitor at BTO Solicitors. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a first-class LLB in 2020, and achieved the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with Distinction at the same institution in 2021. After graduating, Heather joined the Diploma Team at Glasgow University as an Intern, working closely with students, academics and professionals on course materials and any other Diploma related matters. After concluding her role at the University, Heather worked as a Legal Assistant before commencing her traineeship.
Heather served on the SYLA Committee in 2022-2023 as a non-executive committee member, having joined the committee with the aim of promoting access to and understanding of the profession for those who did not have links to law pre-university.
This year, Heather would like to ensure that the SYLA caters to all of its members up to 10 years post-qualification, and including underrepresented groups. In particular, Heather is passionate about facilitating discussions around the issues facing women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and racial and ethnic minorities within the professions. Heather also hopes to modernise the SYLA’s online presence and establish a networking group to expand links outside of the legal sphere.