"If you're going through hell, keep going."
McAlister Family Law is Beyond Group's specialist family and children law practice. It was established by the Group in 2017, and is headed by managing partner Amanda McAlister.
Amanda is one of the UK's most experienced, and respected, family law practitioners. Prior to joining the Group she headed the family law division of international law firm Slater and Gordon, where she built one of the largest family teams in the country, in the process taking it from Tier 4 to Tier 1 in the leading independent legal directories.
As a divorcee, a mother and a step-parent, Amanda brings empathy and personal experience of the many stresses and strains that a marriage breakdown can cause. She believes that adapting to a new kind of family life is not straightforward, but takes courage and strength, and that having the best family lawyers to guide you through the process can make all the difference.
Amanda has been awarded the prestigious status of Eminent Practitioner in the independent directory Chambers and Partners. She is also one of the handful of individuals in the North West singled out as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 who has described her as “truly phenomenal” and a "leading light".
She has a reputation as being warm and engaging but at the same time is known for being a fighter, someone who is fearless when pursuing her client’s interests. She adopts a no nonsense, straight talking style and has a unique ability to cut through emotion to deliver her clients the very best results.
Amanda has expertise in all aspects of family law but specializes in divorce involving financial issues, particularly those with an international element, complex pension or trusts. She also represents parents and wide family members in disputes concerning arrangements for children.
Amanda has extensive knowledge of co-habitation disputes and advises on separation and pre and postnuptial agreements.
She has acted for a number of leading figures in the world of sport, entertainment and media and also members of the Legal Profession, Home Office and National Police Force. She has also represented professional men and women from the North West, Midlands and London regions. Much of her work emanates from recommendations from former clients.
Amanda is ITV's This Morning resident Family Law expert, regularly appearing on the programme to answer viewers divorce and child law queries. She has provided expert opinion on a wide variety of national and international news outlets, including Sky News, BBC Breakfast and Channel Five News. She also has provided commentary for numerous national newspapers such as the Daily Mail, You Magazine, Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph. Amanda is also a frequent guest on BBC Radio Manchester.
"Amanda is my Legal Guardian Angel." MARK NICHOLSON
"A leading light." LEGAL 500 2018
"A renowned family lawyer, regularly advising on complex pension issues in divorces. She is also adept at handling cases with international elements. Interviewees say: "She is tenacious and fights her client's corner... constructive and pragmatic." CHAMBERS
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