Liz Cowell « McAlister Family Law


Liz Cowell


“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Elie Wiesel

Meet Liz

Liz has specialised in divorce and family cases for over 30 years, during which time there have been enormous changes in the structure of family life. When she started practising most couples were married, particularly if they had children, and same sex or unmarried couples had no legal rights.

It was assumed that children would live with their mothers, and that husbands would leave with most of the capital and a hefty bill for maintenance following a divorce.  As Liz says, how different it is today: children do not automatically live with their mother, and capital is usually shared equally. It is also possible to save the painful process of court proceedings through Alternative Dispute Resolution such as mediation or arbitration. Sadly, whilst same sex couples can now marry, those who are in relationships outside of marriage are still without the full protection of the Family Court.

Liz sits as a Deputy District Judge, and has specialist knowledge of the Child Support System having also sat on the original Child Support Tribunal; she has an understanding of the avenues available to resolve issues for the unmarried who have to rely on civil law as well as the Child Maintenance Service to resolve their cases.

As a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, Liz is well placed to assist her clients who are residents abroad, including clients in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Dubai, Spain, France, China, Brazil, Scotland and Australia. Even if they are resident in this jurisdiction, many of her clients own property abroad. She also has a wide experience of cases involving inheritance issues, trust issues, corporate matters and the preparation of pre and post nuptial settlements as well as cohabitation agreements.

Liz has acted for a number of media personalities, high profile sportsmen and women, professionals, including a number of medical consultants, leading accountants and lawyers. She has clients across the jurisdiction, particularly in London as well as the North West.

Liz is an accredited member of Resolution and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators through which she practices as a Family Law Arbitrator, a member of the Law Society Family Panel, an assessor for the Law Society Panel, a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a speaker for MBL and sits as a Deputy District Judge. She also lectures to family practitioners on a number of topics. 

What others say

"After having a hearing without any legal representation, I had rings run round me by my wife’s legal team, all the while having very little understanding of what was occurring. I was recommended McAlister Family Law and Liz Cowell. I was taken aback by Liz’s immediate knowledge and confidence. Boy, Liz did not let me down, one proceeding in and I am I still speechless about her passion, knowledge and ability to stand up for what is right.

I don’t often leave reviews, but Liz Cowell is a country mile ahead of the rest. I am still giving her a standing ovation. If you are looking around for solicitors do not hesitate, not even for a second, pick up the phone to Liz." Mr Stirling

"I wanted to thank you again for all your help with the immigration requests . I finally heard back they accepted your letter and now moving my application forward .I really really appreciate all your help; I thought I was going crazy prior to us talking so thank you again. If ever you find yourself in L.A., please let me know so I can arrange a private studio tour." Mr P W

"“Liz Cowell is a superb divorce lawyer. She has worked on my case for four and a half years and has earnt my trust and deep respect. The humanity, enormous experience, persistence and commercial nous has helped her to shepherd me through a vast minefield of obstacles that would have brought other solicitors to their knees. She is eminently approachable and an excellent communicator so one is always able to debate tactics and strategy and agree the way ahead. I can recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone wants to instruct on divorce proceedings.” Peter Crossley

"Thank you, most of all for everything you’ve done for me! You’ve been my rock at times and made me feel better when the situation was extremely difficult!" Mrs S​

"A brilliant family lawyer with vast experience.” Chambers Directory

"An excellent communicator and is enormously experienced. She has a lot of commercial nous and brings great insights to each case that she handles."  LEGAL 500, 2018

Press and Publications
Liz has appeared on ITV and Sky News, BBCWomen’s Hour and Radio 5 Live, as well as a number of local radio stations, and has provided expert commentary in the Times, Daily Mail and other national newspapers.  She has had articles published by LexisNexis, Family Law Week and other legal publications. She has also written a guide on insolvency for practitioners published by Resolution, and recently published "A Practical Guide to Spousal Maintenance". 


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