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Bishop & Sewell LLP

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Managing Partner: Stephen Bishop
Senior Partner: Michael Gillman
Number of partners: 19
Other fee-earners: 39

Contacts:
Residential Property:
Stephen Bishop, Ossie Swaine, Julienne Coffey
Commercial Property: Nick Potter
Landlord & Tenant: Mark Chick
Family & Divorce: Michael Gillman
Forming Families: Louise Barretto
Private Client: Helen Langworthy
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Karen Bright
Employment: Andrew Humphrey
Immigration: Charles Green
Corporate & Commercial: Michael Kashis

THE FIRM Based in central London, Bishop & Sewell has a reputation for excellence in fields including landlord and tenant, residential and commercial property, private client, employment, corporate and commercial work, family law, forming families, immigration and dispute resolution. The firm was established in 1979 and moved to its current location in Russell Square in 2010. In 2017 Bishop & Sewell merged with boutique London practice, Fisher Meredith. The firm acts for entrepreneurs, investors and small to medium-sized businesses, together with individuals and families. The firm believes that a good solicitor is approachable, innovative and open, helping to identify attainable goals and the best strategy to reach them. As a result it has built enduring relationships and continues to act for a number of our original clients. Bishop & Sewell is commercially minded and each specialist area is partner-led to ensure delivery of a client-focused, highly personalised service. Within each practice area works a team of talented lawyers with a passion for being the best at what they do. The practice has expanded steadily and as well as serving clients in London and the South East, Bishop & Sewell is increasingly instructed by clients nationwide and internationally.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Property (Residential & Commercial, Landlord & Tenant):

Advising on property law is at the heart of Bishop & Sewell. Founded on property work, the issues matter to the lawyers at Bishop & Sewell as much as they do to their clients. The team takes pride in simplifying the complex property process, providing services covering every aspect — from landlord and tenant, purchase and sale, development and financing, to rental and enfranchisement. The team’s advice aims to add value to owners, occupiers, investors and developers of both commercial and residential property.

Family & Divorce:
Constructive advice is offered in all areas of family law including matters with international aspects. Wherever possible, the firm seeks to resolve issues outside the courts, but if necessary conducts court proceedings vigorously. Expertise includes divorce or civil partnership dissolution, separation agreements, children issues, financial aspects, domestic violence and child abduction. A specialist Forming Families team advises on all aspects of fertility, surrogacy and adoption (including international surrogacy and adoption).

Corporate & Commercial & Business Immigration:
For business clients, a range of company and commercial services are provided including commercial contracts, data protection and competition law, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder arrangements. Expertise is provided on business and personal immigration issues, and starting a business, as well as day-to-day operations and buying and selling a business. Immigration: A team with expertise in dealing with all aspects of immigration and nationality law for businesses and private individuals, as well as asylum cases.

Employment:
Services for employers include tribunal or court action as well as contracts, partnership agreements and share schemes. Employment services for individuals include all aspects of unfair dismissal and redundancy.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Commercial dispute resolution services range from breaches of contract to insolvency, and professional negligence to banking recovery. Company secretarial services are a specialism and expertise is provided in all aspects of insolvency and taxation. The firm also has expertise in landlord and tenant and other property disputes as well as personal disputes.

Private Client:
Trusts, tax and estates legal services are primary areas of expertise at the firm, including giving advice on the most effective way to transfer property. The firm assists in setting up will trusts and helping with their administration, as well as the application of inheritance tax. Services cover all aspects of will drafting, tax advice, winding up and administration of estates, deeds of family arrangements, powers of attorney, and creation and administration of trusts in the UK and offshore.

INTERNATIONAL Bishop & Sewell are also members of PRAGMA, a leading international network of lawyers and consulting firms, which enables the firm to provide a platform for its clients to access high quality legal professionals worldwide, with the cost-effectiveness and personalised service only independent, regional law firms provide. PRAGMA was established in 2001 and has member firms in Europe, Asia, North and South America.