Amanda graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1992 with a BA LLB. She commenced her articles at the then Findlay & Tait (now Bowman Gilfillan Inc.) in January 1993. She completed her articles and remained on at Findlay & Tait where she established and grew the Family Law Department. She obtained her Masters in Family Law in 1997. Amanda was appointed as a partner of Bowman Gilfillan in March 1999. She has practised exclusively in Family Law since 1995. In 2007 Amanda, together with her partners Anton Neethling and Grant Wiid, established a boutique family law practice, Catto Neethling Wiid Inc.
Amanda is a family law mediator and was a founding member of FAMAC. She is furthermore a longstanding member of the Law Society of South Africa’s Specialist Committee on Gender Law and is a member of the Cape Law Society’s Specialist Family Law Committee and High Court Committee. Amanda is a committee member of and past president of the Cape Town Attorneys Association, an association of approximately 1400 practising attorneys, on which she has served as a committee member for 11 years. Amanda is a member of various working groups which give input into the case flow management of the Cape High Court and the Western Cape Regional Courts. Amanda is a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is frequently consulted in international matters where she has provided evidence as an expert to foreign courts. Amanda is a guest lecturer and external examiner at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty.