Amanda McAlister « McAlister Family Law


Amanda McAlister

Managing Partner

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

Winston Churchill

Meet Amanda

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.

What clients say

"Amanda is the best in the business, and such a lovely person as well. Everything she does is a success. I highly recommended her for a top class, professional service." Gemma Schofield

"Amanda is my legal guardian angel." Mark Nicholson

"I would describe Amanda as being caring and a Red Cross ambassador for family law. She was my modern day Florence Nightingale, and I will always be eternally grateful. Amanda, like myself, has a young family and I trust her. She is always so kind and so very clever and at the top of her profession in UK family law and international cases. I would not hesitate to recommend her, I trust her implicitly and I knew that putting my family's future in her hands would get the best most amicable, positive outcome for me and my family. Thank for all your have done for me." Michelle Hammond

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking my case on and everything you have done for me." Sarah Elliott

What others say

"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 Directory

"She has deep experience in matrimonial finance cases, often taking on matters involving international clients as well as those that include complex pensions and trusts issues." Chambers Directory

Press And Publications

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.  

Management Team

Management Team

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