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Bishop & Sewell LLP

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Bishop & Sewell LLP‘s immigration team is headed up by Mariam Khaliq, who was promoted to partner in October 2021. The firm provides a broad immigration offering, with a particular focus on personal cases involving issues related to family law and family unification. This includes work involving international surrogacy, which has become increasingly complex in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Khaliq also has experience in matters involving EU nationals, as well as complex nationality claims. In addition, the firm is expanding its offering advising business clients on migrant workforces.

Practice head(s):

Mariam Khaliq


‘Friendly and approachable coupled with experience and knowledge.’

‘Bishop and Sewell is a well-informed, compassionate, and professional practice who handled my case with courtesy and care. I felt well-informed and well taken care of throughout my cases.’

‘The Immigration team are great. They went the extra mile for us explaining the trip ups of the immigration process and thinking behind the steps we had to take.’

‘Mariam Khaliq is an asset to the firm, she’s unparalleled in her knowledge of immigration matters and she handled a series of tricky cases for me across many years that have quite literally changed my life for the better. Even in the really difficult times, Mariam managed my case with compassion and professionalism, and I felt consistently reassured that I was working with the best.’

‘Mariam Khaliq leads a very competent team of well-resourced and capable solicitors. Mariam is always on top of her cases, both in terms of the legal developments and the particular details of some very complex facts. She always goes the extra mile to make sure everything is as well presented as possible, ensuring that all evidence that is necessary is available as early as possible.’

‘Mariam Khaliq was attentive and knowledgeable all the way through. Very smooth service. No surprises.’

Private client > Family Tier 5

David Hodgson and Philip Rutter now co-head the department at Bishop & Sewell LLP that offers the full range of private family law work from cohabitation agreements to financial claims on behalf of children and advising on divorces where there are complex business, trust and/ international aspects. Through Victoria Maxwell the group also garners praise for its niche specialism in surrogacy and fertility cases. There have been changes to the team at a senior level- Catherine Longshaw is now at Axiom DWFM and Louise Barretto is at Russells Solicitors .

Practice head(s):

David Hodgson; Philip Rutter

Other key lawyers:


The firm provides a supreme and excellent standard of service. Its solicitors are of a top calibre  – but at the same time they are not as expensive as other firms. They feel like a top city firm but in more of an  approachable manner and for less cost.  Philip Rutter. Balanced, seasoned legal professional, excellent advice, follow up’.

‘Specifically Philip Rutter’s legal knowledge is peerless. He is pragmatic and sensible and knows everything and I do not say that to be flippant. He knows everything there is to know about family law. He is an excellent lawyer and the type any client would want on his side’.

‘Victoria Maxwell is a great family lawyer.  Very friendly manners, available on short notice, super responsive.  She has developed an excellent knowledge of all issues regarding surrogacy (including the recognition of foreign surrogacy into the UK)’.

‘Victoria Maxwell. I have worked with Victoria on a number of complex surrogacy cases. She is a first-class lawyer who has rightly acquired a reputation as one of the go to lawyers for surrogacy cases. She continually punches above her weight and has the knowledge, wisdom and experience of a partner’.

‘Philip Rutter – a very good lawyer, also personable and loved by clients, never flustered, and always thinking long-term’.

‘Bishop and Sewell is small enough to know its clients extremely well but large enough to offer the top expertise in family law.   The team is strong and they collaborate very well including using lawyers from other areas of the firm where required’.

‘David Hodgson is extremely bright and able and delivers excellent results for his clients.   He will settle cases where appropriate but is not afraid to litigate if required.  He will always protect his clients’ interests and has his eye always on the bigger picture which serves his clients well’.

‘Incredible customer care and legal expertise. Victoria incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with’.

Real estate > Residential property

Bishop & Sewell LLP is a ‘very professional practice’ that provides ‘consistent and timely help’ by paying ‘close attention to detail and is always willing to go the extra mile’. Ossie Swaine ; Mark Chick  and Thom Wilkinson head the department

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 litigation and dispute resolution.

The firm: We were established in 1979 and moved to our current location in 2010. We merged with the long-established London practice of Monro Wright & Wasbrough on 1st February 2021 and operate as “Bishop & Sewell incorporating Monro Wright & Wasbrough”.  In 2017 we merged with London firm Fisher Meredith.

The firm acts for entrepreneurs, investors and small to medium-sized businesses, together with individuals and families.

We believe that a good solicitor is approachable, innovative and open, helping to identify attainable goals and the best strategy to reach them. As a result we have built enduring relationships and continue to act for a number of our original clients. We are 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, we are increasingly instructed by clients nationwide and internationally.

Types of work undertaken
Property: advising on property law is at the heart of Bishop & Sewell. Founded on property work, we take 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. Our advice aims to add value to owners, occupiers, investors and developers of both commercial and residential property.

Family and 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 and civil partnership dissolution, financial claims on divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation and separation agreements, children issues, and domestic protection. A specialist team advises on international fertility and surrogacy.

Commercial: our client’s benefit from clear advice on the day-to-day aspects of running a business including trade, commercial transactions, consumer law, contract law, data protection and intellectual property.

Corporate: our team advise on all aspects of setting up and growing a business including incorporation and formation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganisation, raising capital, shareholders rights and dissolution or liquidation.

Banking and Finance: we advise financial institutions, family offices and specialised lenders on all aspects of corporate lending, acquisition finance, structured finance, project finance, commercial real estate and development finance, as well as borrowers on the best way to structure and navigate raising finance.

Sports Law: as a trusted adviser for both organisations and individuals we take care of our clients through a blend of everyday support and tailored advice on governance matters, disputes, commercial opportunities, intellectual property, brand protection, marketing, merchandise, sports finance and wealth protection.

Immigration: a team with expertise in dealing with all aspects of immigration and nationality law for businesses and private individuals, as well as human rights cases.

Employment: a team that represents both employers and employees. For employer clients, services include day to day HR advisory support, contract and policy drafting and Employment Tribunal litigation. For employee clients, advice is provided on unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants, disciplinary and grievance matters and settlement agreements.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Our extensive litigation and dispute resolution services cover many legal subjects, but we deal only in areas in which our personnel have exceptional expertise.  These are:- Landlord & Tenant disputes; Other residential and commercial property matters; Contract and tort litigation (personal and commercial); Other company/commercial disputes: Insolvency (both personal and corporate – for both creditors and Insolvency Practitioners); Contentious probate issues (with a particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable clients); Presumption of death/missing persons cases; Professional negligence; Debt recovery

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.

Founding Partner & Consultant Stephen Bishop
Head of Commercial Property Nick Potter
Residential Property & Team Leader Ossie Swaine
Senior Partner & Head of the Landlord & Tenant team Mark Chick
Managing Partner - Strategy Implementation Michael Kashis
Landlord & Tenant Chris Macartney
Corporate & Commercial David Little
Head of the Private Client team Nicholas Barlow
Head of of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Karen Bright
Residential Property & Team Leader Julienne Coffey
Residential Property Dipak Vaghela
Joint Head of the Family & Divorce team Philip Rutter
Joint Head of the Family & Divorce team David Hodgson
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lee Stafford
Private Client Helen Langworthy
Property team Thom Wilkinson
Head of Immigration Mariam Khaliq
Head of Employment Rhian Radia
Contentious Probate & Court of Protection Rachel Waller
Private Client & Head of Tax Gina Fairfax
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ian Pope
Corporate & Commercial Jeremy Sivyer
International Fertility and Surrogacy Victoria Maxwell
Nicholas Barlow photo Nicholas BarlowNicholas is a Partner and Head of the Private Client team
Stephen Bishop photo Stephen BishopStephen is Managing Partner and leads the Residential Property team.
Karen Bright photo Karen BrightPartner and head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team
Mark Chick photo Mark ChickMark heads up the Landlord and Property team
Julienne Coffey photo Julienne CoffeyPartner and a member of the Residential property team
Gina Fairfax photo Gina FairfaxGina Fairfax is Head of Tax and joined Bishop & Sewell in…
David Hodgson photo David HodgsonPartner and Joint Head of the Family & Divorce team
Michael Kashis photo Michael KashisManaging Partner – Strategy Implementation & Head of Corporate & Commercial
Mariam Khaliq photo Mariam KhaliqPartner and Head of the Immigration team
Helen Langworthy photo Helen LangworthyPartner and member of the Private Client team
David Little photo David LittlePartner
Chris Macartney photo Chris MacartneyPartner and member of the Landlord & Tenant team
Victoria Maxwell photo Victoria MaxwellVictoria is an Associate Solicitor in our Family & Divorce team
Ian Pope photo Ian PopeConsultant Solicitor
Nick Potter photo Nick PotterNick heads up the business and commercial property team. Nick has gained…
Rhian Radia photo Rhian RadiaPartner & Head of Employment
Philip Rutter photo Philip RutterPartner and Joint Head of the Family & Divorce team
Jeremy Sivyer photo Jeremy SivyerConsultant Solicitor
Lee Stafford photo Lee StaffordPartner, advising individuals and businesses, on a variety of disputes. Particular specialism in…
Ossie Swaine photo Ossie SwaineOssie is a partner and team leader in the residential property team,…
Dipak Vaghela photo Dipak VaghelaPartner, dealing with all aspects of residential work ranging from sales and…
Rachel Waller photo Rachel WallerRachel is a Partner and a member of our Litigation & Dispute…
Thom Wilkinson photo Thom WilkinsonPartner and a member of the Property team

Bishop and Sewell LLP is committed to avoiding discrimination in its dealings with all its clients, members and employees and all third parties that have dealings with the firm. We are committed to promoting diversity in our professional activity and committed to equality of opportunity and upholding the principles of equality and, wherever possible exceeding the statutory requirements. The firm offers an excellent service supplied by a talented and diverse team. We recruit, retain, reward and develop our team without reference to their background, gender, marital status, ethnic origin, age, religion, belief, sexual orientation, or any disability.

We regularly conduct a diversity survey and the results of the 2019 survey are available to view on the firm’s website. Louise Barretto is the current Diversity Manager and has overall responsibility for the avoidance of discrimination and equality and diversity policy and its application across the firm.

When we start our recruitment process each applicant is invited to complete an equal opportunities form which is used in monitoring the diversity of the firm. The information on this form isl be held separately from the main application form and processed anonymously. It is not taken into account at any stage during the recruitment process.

CLIENT: Family & Divorce Client
TESTIMONIAL: “I really appreciate all of your help – I’ve really been impressed with your responsiveness and felt very comfortable with your guidance and great work.”

CLIENT: Corporate & Commercial Client
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for bringing about the best conclusion for us in our company share sale. Thank you also for your contactability and support out of hours, which was particularly helpful, and your straight forward communication skills.”

CLIENT: Corporate & Commercial Client
TESTIMONIAL: “David Little is very thorough – he covers every angle. He works very efficiently and keeps us well-informed on progress, interpreting the law for us, so we understand what’s happening.”

CLIENT: Landlord & Tenant Client
TESTIMONIAL: “For leasehold enfranchisement look no further than Chris Macartney at Bishop and Sewell. Combining common sense with commercial acumen, he maintains relationships amongst all shapes and sizes of central London landlords and tenants. Well respected by other professional advisors, he delivers transactional outcomes with a quiet efficiency. Chris is uniquely experienced and connected in the niche field of Crown Estate work.”

CLIENT: Litigation and Dispute Resolution Client
TESTIMONIAL: “I’d also like to take a minute to thank you on behalf of my wife and I for your diligence and sound advice, it has certainly put our minds at rest that we are proceeding in the correct manner and I am extremely glad that we engaged B&S & yourself in particular and would not hesitate to engage you again either on this or unrelating matters. You’ve provided a great service to us – thank you.”

CLIENT: Employment Client
TESTIMONIAL: “The employment team at Bishop and Sewell removed the need for me to deal with my employer directly which would have been very difficult in the circumstances. My exit was made as stress free a process as possible due in no small part to the team’s level-headed, diligent and professional

CLIENT: Employment Client
TESTIMONIAL: “I feel Rhian understood the matter at hand and was eager to get me the best possible deal. I did not receive as much attentiveness when I approached other firms.”

CLIENT: Family & Divorce Client
TESTIMONIAL: “The professionalism and level of service that I received from your firm is exemplary. I must say a big thank you to you and your team for being able to bring matters to a close. I would also like to say a big thank you for achieving outcomes better than I had anticipated, both with regard to the children and furthermore financially.”

CLIENT: Family & Divorce Client Gemma
TESTIMONIAL: “You have helped me tremendously, your advice and professionalism second to none! You have eased my stress and given my sanity back at a very desperate time, I felt, for once someone was on my side and felt protected- I thank you for that.”

CLIENT: Immigration Client
TESTIMONIAL: Mariam Khaliq and the firm have been more than helpful and made the process for my Visa as swift and easy going as it can be. Mariam has been extremely supportive and sincere, never compromising her high quality of work. I am so pleased with the work of her and her team, this is the only firm I would recommend to anyone!

CLIENT: Immigration Client
TESTIMONIAL: Best experience ever. We used their immigration department and couldn’t be more pleased with their services. Mariam Khaliq was our angel in the whole process and we are so delighted with her professional knowledge and her hard work team. Highly recommended.

CLIENT: Residential Client
TESTIMONIAL: “Stephen has dealt with every house transaction of mine, two of which were somewhat complicated, and he couldn’t have performed better at any time.”

CLIENT: Immigration Client
TESTIMONIAL: I wholeheartedly recommend Mariam Khaliq and her team. Mariam is an outstanding professional, able to understand the client’s needs and to support with solid advice and high quality services.

CLIENT: Hugh Livingstone
TESTIMONIAL: Both David Little and Charlie Davidson were extremely helpful and responsive. Had an excellent experience dealing with them in quite a complicated transaction. My thanks to them both.

CLIENT: Commercial Landlord Client
TESTIMONIAL: “Mark and team did a great job that exceeded any expectations.”