Beyond Law Group strengthens its specialist family and children law practice with the appointment of two solicitors
Beyond Law Group’s specialist family and children practice, McAlister Family Law, has appointed Sereyvudd Pheanouk and Nicola Bradley to its specialist Private Child team, following a strong period of growth and success.
McAlister Family Law has established one of the largest specialist Children Law teams outside of London and is home to some of the UK’s leading Children Law experts, eight of whom are members of the Law Society’s Advanced Children Panel. Unlike most practices, McAlister Family Law acts not only for parents, grandparents and stepparents, but also the children themselves.
The strength and depth of McAlister Family Law’s Children Law department is supported by its many accreditations, including the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Panel, the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, and the Institute of Family Law.
Nicola joins McAlister Family Law’s Private Child team from Brooke-Taylors Solicitors where she worked for four years. Nicola is a Child Law specialist, advising on a variety of matters including contact disputes and Child Arrangement Orders. Nicola is particularly experienced in cases that involve domestic abuse and criminal convictions, including child sex offences.
Sereyvudd joins the Private Child team from Alfred Newton Solicitors, having qualified there as a Solicitor in 2020. Before joining McAlister Family Law, Sereyvudd was elected to represent Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals in the Stockport area with the Stockport Law Society and was awarded the Trainee Solicitor of the Year in 2018.
Sereyvudd has always been passionate about the rights of children and has acted in a number of high profile complex cases. He regularly instructs experts to deal with complex cases that require a specialist, whether that is an independent social worker or psychologist. Most recently, Sereyvudd has been dealing with non-accidental injury cases where children are found with injuries that are caused deliberately.
The appointments of Nicola and Sereyvudd follow the most successful year to date for Beyond Law Group and also its specialist family and children practice McAlister Family Law, the practice having quickly established itself as the go-to family and children law practice in the North-West. The niche practice has climbed the rankings in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners year on year and, most recently, winning Family Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards and being recognised by The Times as one of the top 200 best law practices across England and Wales.
Beyond Law 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.
Beyond Law Group currently has a portfolio of three practices: Beyond Corporate, its specialist corporate and commercial practice, Beyond Conveyancing, its specialist residential property practice, and McAlister Family Law.
Nicola comments on her appointment: “I’m absolutely thrilled to join the team at McAlister Family Law and to work amongst some of the most experienced and specialist Children Law solicitors in the region. It’s extremely rare to find a family law practice that has a dedicated Children Law department of this calibre; the scale and ambitions of the practice are evident and very impressive.”
Sereyvudd added: “I’m proud to start my new role as solicitor in the Private Children team, especially at such an exciting time for Beyond Law Group. I’m keen to build on the strong reputation that McAlister Family Law’s Children team already has, and to continue to help and support some of the most vulnerable children and families in society.”
Amanda McAlister, managing partner of McAlister Family Law, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Nicola and Sereyvudd to the Private Children team. Their appointments demonstrate the practice’s commitment to offer our clients, who are often vulnerable children, the best support and professional advice from the most specialist, highly regarded solicitors that the country has to offer.
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: “We’re delighted to have Nicola and Sereyvudd join the Group. I am confident they will have a significant contribution to make to McAlister Family Law’s Children offering whilst simultaneously supporting and adding value to the Group as we enter our next phase of growth.
As we celebrate the five-year mark, it’s exciting to see Beyond Law Group and its specialist practices grow in stature and success whilst nurturing the talent of the future. We are proud to offer something that is genuinely exciting and progressive for our employees and teams.”