Beyond Law Group continues to develop its specialist family and children practice, McAlister Family Law, with the appointment of two new Solicitors

Beyond Law Group’s specialist family and children law practice, McAlister Family Law, has appointed Michael Compston and Falon Whalen to its Divorce and Finance team.

The appointments follow the most successful year to date for Beyond Law Group and its niche practices. Its specialist family practice, McAlister Family Law, has quickly established itself as the go-to family and children law practice in the North-West, having climbed the esteemed Legal 500 rankings to tier 1 this year as well as being named “Family Team of the Year” at the Manchester Legal Awards. Most recently, McAlister Family Law’s Children team were named “Team of the Year” at the prestigious Manchester Young Talent Awards.

Michael, previously from Stowe Family Law, joins McAlister Family Law’s private Children team with 10 years’ experience in the legal sector and a passion for family law. Michael’s focus at McAlister Family Law will see him deal with predominantly children related matters, this being his preferred area of specialism and the major reason for his move. His work will involve advising on child arrangements and specific issues surrounding children’s schooling and holidays issues.

Falon Whalen also joins as a Solicitor in McAlister Family Law’s Divorce and Finance team, having qualified as a solicitor in April 2022. Having gained valuable experience at niche family law firm Sarah Bentley for three years, Falon is well equipped to advise on a range of family law matters, particularly divorce and finance.

Beyond Law Group currently has a portfolio of three specialist practices: McAlister Family Law, Beyond Corporate and Beyond Conveyancing. The Group is a disruptive legal business whose strategy is to create, build and manage specialist legal practices under one modern business structure.

Beyond Law Group’s concept brings corporate and consumer legal services together, a concept which has rarely been successful in the UK but which Beyond Law Group has achieved. Each of Beyond Law Group’s practices are comprised of teams of specialists in their fields, delivering the personal experience that clients look for whilst in the comfortable knowledge that they are dealing with an established and reputable firm.


Michael comments on his appointment: “I am delighted to be joining McAlister Family Law at such an exciting time for the practice and the wider Group. The fact that the practice is home to one of the country’s leading child law teams will enable me to build on the experience that I already have and work on more specialist cases. The Group’s focus on client care, from start to finish and at every stage in between, was a key factor in my decision to join McAlister Family Law. I hope to help the Group continue its success and further support McAlister Family Law in its tremendous growth across the North-West and beyond.”

Falon adds: “I am so excited to be joining such a highly regarded and well-established firm with traditional core values but with a modern and dynamic business structure. A firm’s reputation is built by its team, and every member of the team is an expert in what they do. I am hoping to add to McAlister Family Law’s expertise with my experience, as well as integrate myself into the dynamic culture of the wider Group.”

Amanda McAlister, Managing Partner of McAlister Family Law, comments: “We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and Falon to the team. The experience and expertise they display, along with their passion for client care and empathy will lend itself well to the cases that we deal with, which can often be exceptionally intricate and delicate.

McAlister Family Law is continuously building on its reputation as the go-to family law specialists in the UK, investing in people who can provide a first-rate service to our clients. The team at McAlister Family Law has an incredible work ethic; we all share the same values, and our combined experience and expertise means we can push on from where we are currently, serving the needs of our clients and continuing to grow our team of family and children law specialists.”

Matt Fleetwood, Chief Executive and Founder of Beyond Law Group, comments: “The appointments of Michael and Falon reinforce our commitment to invest in our people and their career development. Michael and Falon’s strong client service ethos and proactive approach aligns to the values of Beyond Law Group, and we are very excited to have them on board.

The Group’s continuous investment in people aims to support each practice’s continued growth and provide wider, more fulfilling career opportunities for all of our people.”