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Portrait of Amanda Andrews
Areas of expertise: Family law

Profile

Amanda is a partner in the family team and a member of the firm’s private wealth group. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in April 2020 from a leading law firm where she was head of the family law practice.

Amanda offers a depth of resource for clients and brings more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of family law, but especially complex children matters and high finance including offshore trusts, complicated property aspects and corporate structures. She regularly negotiates complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

A committed member of Resolution and an Accredited Specialist since 2005, Amanda is also a trained mediator who strongly believes in resolution without recourse to court proceedings wherever possible. She approaches all her cases with the same pragmatic and empathetic approach, seeking to find sensible and fair solutions at the earliest opportunity be it in relation to children or the financial aspects of relationship breakdown.

Amanda has been ranked consistently by the leading legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500, in which she has been recognised as one of London’s leading individuals for several years. ­She is described in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 as ‘a first-class lawyer who nails it every time’, and by her clients and peers as ‘empathetic and pragmatic’, ‘calm and balanced’, and that she will ‘from day one she will have the case on an entirely realistic course’. Amanda is also recognised by Spears magazine and consistently by Citywealth as a prominent figure in its Leading Lawyers Honours List.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for the wife in highly complex enforcement proceedings involving a portfolio of 127 properties, which were divided between the parties equally. The husband failed to effect the title transfers pursuant to the original order, resulting in several enforcement applications all of which were successful. Two subsequent appeals by the husband to the High Court and Court of Appeal were also unsuccessful.
  • Acting for the father in acrimonious and protracted Children Act proceedings involving the appointment of various experts and a fact finding hearing in which findings of alienation were made against the mother leading to the children being transferred primarily to the care of the father.
  • Acting for the husband – the son of a high net worth public figure – in relation to the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement at short notice, which involved included complex off shore trust structures and extensive assets.
  • Successfully acting for the mother in relation to her application to return to Greece with her daughter, robustly challenged by the father but in which the Court agreed with the mother’s application.

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