Our Story | McAlister Family Law | Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire


What we stand for

This is our story. We are a team that are passionate about our values and delivering life changing results for our clients.

Peter Marshall

"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."

McAlister Family Law was established in November 2017 by Amanda McAlister, with the aim of creating a leading niche family and children law practice like no other.

Before McAlister Family Law, Amanda headed the matrimonial practice of the international law firm Slater and Gordon: she created not only one of the largest family law teams in the country but also made it the “go-to” brand for divorce and separation disputes, as well as being influential in taking it from Tier 4 to Tier 1 in the leading independent directories.  In addition, she forged connections with national organizations such as the National Crime Agency and the Police Federation of England and Wales.


Following the launch of McAlister Family Law, Amanda was swiftly joined Liz Cowell and Fiona Wood, both as partners and both of whom had been at Pannone LLP.  They are without doubt two of the best and brightest family lawyers in the country and are known leaders in their respective fields.
Their arrival was followed by that of Christopher Fairhurst, a renowned expert in Children Law, and who enabled us further to build on our expertise in such an important area of the law.
We then welcomed solicitor Jonathan Casey, and in March 2018 McAlister Family Law opened the doors of its beautiful Cheshire offices in Alderley Edge and Stockport. 
In the same month the firm achieved the astonishing feat of being awarded Lexcel accreditation, a quality mark awarded by the Law Society to firms demonstrating excellence in processes and procedures.  To have achieved this in only three short months of trading is something we are extremely proud of.
In the summer the team expanded once more with the appointment of military divorce expert Paul Reay, based at the Alderley Edge office, and Carla Walton at Manchester.
And the team continues to grow. 

In a forward-thinking and revolutionary move, last year we were joined by some of the country’s leading Children Law specialists: Nick Hodson, from Slater and Gordon and Donna Roberts, from Stephensons.  Both are known in the legal world as being professionals at the very top of their game, and are much sought-after, authoritative voices in this hugely important area of the legal world.  Outside of London, there are none to rival their expertise and experience. We also welcomed Paul Webb, a much-respected and admired specialist in Public and Child Law.

All of our team are passionate about delivering life-changing results for our clients.  No matter who we act for - wives, husbands, children, grandparents or partners - we always deliver on our promises and secure the best possible outcome, so that our clients can move forward with their lives in positivity.

Our team are passionate not only about families and children but are firm in the belief that change happens for a reason.  Whether that change be wanted or unwanted, anticipated or unexpected, life does and can move forward to much happier times, providing that the right expert legal advice is obtained.  

Amanda herself is a divorcee, a mother and step-parent, so she knows, first-hand, the stresses and strains a marriage breakdown may cause, and that adapting to a new form of family life takes courage and strength.

Her desire to set up a specialist child and family law firm was driven by her resolve that she would establish a law firm whose approach would not be that with a big firm mentality.  She believes every client must be treated respectfully as an individual, not simply as a number. She was determined to create a practice that focuses on delivering a service that exceeds clients’ expectations in terms of service, expertise and value. McAlister Family Law is the result.

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