Amanda McAlister
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Amanda is a partner and the National Head of Family Law at Slater & Gordon: home to one of the largest teams of family lawyers in the country, with offices across England and Wales. She specialises in all aspects of divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships, in particular complex financial settlements including those involving businesses, trusts, pensions and foreign property.

A shrewd and tough negotiator, colleagues have compared her approach to Newton’s third law: every force is met with an equal and opposing force. There’s no escaping the challenge that Amanda presents.

She has acted for various figures in the worlds of sport, entertainment and media and is a sought after commentator in the media, offering expert insight on celebrity cases.

She is also a Resolution accredited specialist and recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading expert in Family Law.

Entries by Amanda McAlister

Mediation Is in the Spotlight as Government Finds Funds

(1) Comments | Posted 11 April 2013 | (09:06)

The cash-strapped Coalition announced on the 10th April they would be pumping £6.5million into projects aimed at helping separated parents "put their differences aside for the sake of their children". The announcement has put mediation in the spotlight as divorcees seek to minimise the impact of their split on their...

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What's Behind the Corporate Veil?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2013 | (11:29)

Going through the process of divorce naturally takes a huge toll on your emotional and financial thresholds. However, as seen in the recent Supreme Court divorce case, Petrodel v Prest, the boundaries between the corporate world and personal life are blurring, at a lightning-fast pace.

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Hold Your Tongue!

(2) Comments | Posted 4 July 2012 | (09:25)

I read last week that ex-supermodel Christie Brinkley (she of Uptown Girl video fame) and her ex-husband Hamptons architect Peter Cook have agreed to never speak to one another again.

No doubt there are many divorced people around the world thinking "That's about the only thing my ex and I...

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Keeping it in the Family

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2012 | (09:13)

So - fathers are to be given the legal right to spend time with their children after separation or divorce under new plans intended to keep both parents "involved".

The courts in England and Wales will be required to work on the presumption that a child's interests are best served...

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Mommy Dearest

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2012 | (16:09)

It's been reported that cricketer Shane Warne's ex-wife Simone is far from happy with Liz Hurley declaring that Simone's children call her 'Mummy Two'.

Setting aside the fact that I cannot think of a single child on the planet that would call their father's girlfriend 'Mummy Two' (never mind...

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Put a Ring on It...

(1) Comments | Posted 20 April 2012 | (00:00)

There has been a lot of publicity in recent days about Simon Cowell and his alleged fling with fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue. Whilst everyone has been busy discussing this, the fact that he is apparently no longer engaged to Mezhgan Hussainy seems to have gone under the radar.

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Divorce and the City No Longer a Bonus

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2012 | (09:28)

There have been tales in Family Law circles recently of difficulties arising between ex-couples when one half works for an investment bank. Given the fabled salaries and bonuses of investment bankers, I found these stories a little odd, until one of my old clients got in touch with me last...

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Horses For Courses

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2012 | (09:35)

Catching sight on television this week of the Cheltenham Festival in full flow, I was struck by the pictures of the race course thronged with cheerful punters, all happily placing their bets without any guarantee as to the outcome.

It made me think of the weddings I've attended, years...

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Out With the Old, in With the New

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (16:00)

The New Year is a time when many people decide to live their lives differently. For many of us, this means vowing to lose weight, or learning to cook like Heston Blumenthal (those two resolutions are not necessarily mutually exclusive).

For some however, New Year is a siren call to...

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Divorcing in a Recession: Money, Money, Money!

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2011 | (23:00)

There has been a great deal of speculation in both the media and amongst we divorce lawyers about the recently reported rise in the divorce rate.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 119,589 couples got divorced in 2010, an increase of 4.9%...

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Is Downton's Lady Mary Doomed for Domestic Downfall?

(2) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (23:00)

(Caveat: If you don't watch Downton Abbey, you probably won't enjoy this blog post)

Like millions of others, I am utterly gripped by the ITV period drama, Downton Abbey (although I find it impossible to watch without remembering this splendid spoof written by Jennifer Saunders).

Fellow fans will...

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Stone me! Everything's Coming up Roses.

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2011 | (13:40)

I'm going to resist the temptation to say a bunch of warring Mancunians have set aside their differences to go in search of fool's gold and instead say, quite truthfully, that I'm thrilled iconic Manchester band The Stone Roses are to get back together again.

Anyone from Manchester will tell...

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Strictly Litigation

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2011 | (12:51)

Nancy Dell'Olio is a woman of cast iron self esteem. If there's anybody out there who didn't read her "Life In The Day" in the Sunday Times then (a) you missed a treat and (b) stand back in awe of someone who says of themselves "since I was a little...

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Happy Hour?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (17:21)

For longer than anyone can remember, the affluent Frenchman has reputedly enjoyed what is known as cinq à sept; the five-to-seven pm liaison with his mistress before returning home to dinner with his wife and family. Not so much 'afternoon delight', more happy hour. Well, two hours (one must factor...

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"Love and marriage, love and marriage...

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2011 | (10:50)

...go together like a horse and carriage" crooned Frank Sinatra in 1955, echoing the sentiments of the time, a time when it was virtually unthinkable for a couple in love not to marry, and for the man to buy the couple's home.

It is worth bearing this in mind when...

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Small is Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2011 | (12:13)

For some people - for quite a lot of people, actually - their wedding day is the true, confetti-covered apogee of their existence. I say people; really I mean women. I have never yet met a man who has spent two years planning the minutiae of his nuptials but I...

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Since We've Been Together...

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2011 | (16:11)

I was listening to Will Young being interviewed on the BBC this week about his soon to be released CD. He was talking about how 95% of all songs are about love and of that 95%, the same percentage are about broken relationships. Such events can consume us and it...

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Two Extremes

(1) Comments | Posted 1 August 2011 | (10:39)

Following last week's news that Malta is legalising divorce, I have to take a moment to sympathise; it can't have been easy in the years leading up to his radical change in legislation. I suppose it's no great shock that I - someone who handles proceedings every day - can't...

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