“If you’re going through hell, keep going”

Winston Churchill


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 several leading figures in the world of sport, entertainment and media and 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.


Divorce Procedure


Seperation Agreements


Civil Partnerships


Financial Provision for Children


Pensions and Divorce

Pensions and divorce

Business and Divorce

Businesses and divorce

Freezing Orders

Freezing orders

Financial Disputes

Free and post Nuptial Agreements

Pre and post nuptial agreements

International and Expat Divorce

International and expat divorce

Children Disputes

International Child Relocation

International child relocation

Grandparents' Rights

Grandparent's rights

Child Maintenance

Child Maintenance

What others 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

“I attach some photos of both my boys who until you got involved had never met. You have given them both a brother they love, and you would never know they only met a few years ago now. I cannot thank you and your team enough, all three of our lives are now infinitely better than when we first met. You should be well aware the service delivered and the way I was treated was excellent. I was kept informed of the actions being taken on my behalf and the reasons why, plus the overall strategy was made clear to me. I would not hesitate to recommend your practice in future.” Rob Marlow

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

“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 and Partners

“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 and Partners

“She has bags of experience and super connections which she backs up with her knowledge of the law.” Chambers and Partners 2021

“This practice has developed rapidly over recent years to be seen as a high quality firm with strength in depth and excellent value for money in the field of matrimonial finance (financial remedy) cases in Manchester. The team is lead by Amanda McAlister, with an excellent hand-picked team of specialists.Legal 500

Press and

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.


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