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McAlister Family Law trebles in size

08.8.2018

We are delighted to announce that we have, in an innovative move, taken a five-strong Children Law team from Slater and Gordon and a 10-person Child Care legal team from Stephensons. The move trebles the size of our business and creates a unique offering designed to be disruptive to traditional family practices in the North West.

 

We made this bold move to cement our reputation as a family law firm not only committed divorce and related finance work but also our passionate dedication to the welfare of children.

Our firm, ranked in the latest edition of the Legal 500, numbers various high-profile celebrities and entrepreneurs in its client base, but this new move means we also takes care of those vulnerable members of society who need legal representation in some of the most harrowing of cases.

Our managing director, Amanda McAlister, said: “Family law firms are generally seen as being vehicles for expensive divorces conducted on behalf of high net worth individuals.  However, we believe strongly in social responsibility, and are passionately committed to the welfare of children.  By bringing these teams into the firm, headed by two of the country’s finest lawyers, we now have a business with a strength and depth of experience unrivalled outside of London.”

In our creation of two specialist children law teams, we have brought together four high profile lawyers with reputations as experts in their fields: Nick Hodson, Donna Roberts, Paul Webb and Amanda McAlister who have enjoyed a working relationship for more than 15 years.

Nick Hodson, described by Legal 500 as  “very strong on care matters”, joins from Slater and Gordon Lawyers as partner and heads the Private and Public Children Law team.  Donna Roberts, described by the same legal directory a “vastly experienced” and “a skilled advocate” joins from Stephensons as partner and heads the Specialist and Complex Cases team. team. Paul Webb, partner, also joins from Slater and Gordon; Legal 500 describes him as “a very thorough lawyer whose gentle yet firm approach puts even the most difficult and demanding clients at ease.”

Nick Hodson said: “In a very short time, McAlister Family Law established itself as a market leader. I was delighted to join a vibrant and dynamic business which backs us and is prepared to invest in developing a dedicated specialist team that puts the welfare of children at the heart of our business.”

Donna Roberts added: “McAlister Family Law is very different from other law firms; it genuinely focuses on the development of its people who, in turn, achieve the best outcomes for their clients – I believe this is a winning combination”.

Paul Webb said: “The decision to join McAlister Family Law was an incredibly easy one. Amanda’s vision, coupled with a flexible and supportive work environment where the needs of the client are always the focus, is something I am incredibly proud to be a part of.”

Left to right: Paul Webb, Nick Hodson and Donna Roberts

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