Lady Wise was appointed Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland in February 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked for Morton Fraser from 1989 to 1992, practising in general civil litigation.
She called to the bar in 1993, working in civil litigation and specialising in family law. In 2005 she became a QC. She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates from 2005 and between 2008 and 2013 sat part time as a Temporary Judge in the Court of Session.
She was Chair of the Advocates Family Law Association and of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland prior to her elevation to the bench. Since 1 January 2016 she has been a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Lady Wise was appointed in May 2016 for four years.