Amanda is a Partner in the family law team at Stephensons. She joined Stephensons in 1992 and has specialised in family law ever since. Separation and family disputes can bring a variety of situations which require careful management, advice and support and as a specialist family lawyer experience has shown that all situations are different and require a number of skills. Amanda's main areas of work are the more complex privately funded situations of asset division and arrangements for children and include both approaches of negotiation and litigation.
Within her children work, she has become specialised in advising parents, wider family members and representing children themselves when the court and social services have become concerned about their immediate welfare.
Amanda sees her role as solicitor as one of advising, supporting and enabling her clients to move successfully from their present situation onto the next stage in their lives. She finds that team work with her clients, and using skills to promote discussion goes a long way to help achieve something that is fair, is reasonable and equally as important, is cost effective.
Amanda is a good listener. The starting point for her is to understand clearly what it is that her clients want her to do for them and what it is that they really want to achieve. The importance of a good working relationship is to understand the objectives and to formulate a plan to move forward.
She is also a straight talker. It is important to have respect and understanding of a client’s aims and objectives but it is also equally important to be realistic about the prospects of success.
When there are children at the very heart of the family, it is vitally important to make sure that they are least affected by the situation they are in. Not many want a court process and Amanda recommends the most appropriate way to resolve the situation in the way that her clients want.
Amanda is proud to be part of the family team which is one of the biggest teams of family specialists in the country. We are recognised in the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession for our privately funded family work, in representing clients in the division of their assets. “This team really has its finger on the pulse” (The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2012) and for our specialist work for and involving children.
Amanda regularly comments on topical family law issues in the media and has appeared in the Daily Mail (Online), The Guardian (Online) and on BBC Radio Manchester.
What clients say
"Would definitely use this firm again ! Amanda Rimmer was an excellent solicitor... patient, fair, and helped me understand the process of divorce at a very emotional time. All staff were friendly and professional."
"Divorce lawyer to be recommended - Not a great time for anyone but I would recommend Mandy Rimmer for handling divorces and financial settlements, a clear, sympathetic and level headed approach with good eye for detail in the preparations."
“Professional and easy to understand advice on the legal processes in the best interests of the client, with sensitive but firm action.”
“Guided me in achieving what I believe to be a really good outcome. Her knowledge and efficiency has made things easier than I thought it would be. Having put my trust in Stephensons made my divorce bearable. She took the strain out of the process of divorce, giving options and explanations throughout.”
“Approachable, sensitive and helpful. She supported me through a very stressful time and dealt with my indecision and confusion patiently. Great to work with someone who cares.”
“I had two previous solicitors and did not feel at ease, or as positive or as informed.”
“Listened to what the issues are and remained focused at all times. What you need at a difficult time.”
“Thank you just for being honest and straight forward with me over such a sensitive issue.”
“Professional, caring, well-organised and extremely helpful, putting the client at ease.”
“Very good service and has been wonderfully patient with me.”
“Reliable, supportive and trustworthy.”
Amanda is a member of Resolution. We believe that family issues should be dealt with in a constructive and non-confrontation way. Amanda is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer.
She is also accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Member of the Children Panel.
Amanda is regularly instructed in cases with multi-million pound assets.