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Bishop & Sewell LLP, Michael Gillman, London, ENGLAND

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Michael Gillman

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Bishop & Sewell LLP

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Family Relationships & Divorce


Michael leads the Family Relationships & Divorce team. He specialises in divorce, financial, children and cohabitation disputes. He also advises on civil litigation and motoring offences. Michael has been sitting as a deputy district judge on the Midland Court Circuit since 1992. He specialises in divorce and dissolution matters, and resolving financial and children disputes and cohabitation agreements and disputes. He is often called upon to advise clients on pre- and post-marital agreements. Other specialisms include: handling claims for the benefit of children (usually on behalf of unmarried parents) under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989; and advising and conducting litigation on behalf of disappointed beneficiaries seeking reasonable financial provision from a deceased’s estate (under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975). He is also entirely conversant with the law and procedure as it applies to the ownership of property, and the establishment and quantification of beneficial interests on relationship breakdown. Michael has Higher Rights of Audience, which entitles him to act as solicitor advocate and to represent his clients before courts up to and including the Court of Appeal. His expertise as a family lawyer is well-recognised by peers and by the firm’s regulator: Michael is an associate member of the SRA Family Law Panel. Michael is a trained mediator and practising collaborative lawyer trained by Resolution, and can apply either skillset to help manage and resolve disputes in a family context. He also has a wealth of experience enabling him to advise on general civil litigation and motoring offences. Reported cases: Michael’s reported cases include Loder v Gaden & Ors [1999] ALL ER 894, in which he was the solicitor with conduct.


Admitted August 1979; joined Bishop & Sewell 1994. Publications and speaking engagements: Michael writes occasionally for Resolution’s regular publication for members, The Review, as well as The Solicitors’ Journal. His contributions have spanned the range of family and relationship issues. He has lectured for Central Law Training and Resolution in his areas of expertise.


Michael is a member of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association) and a trustee and chairman of the Solicitors Benevolent Association – the Solicitors Charity. Michael is also a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society (and is a past president of that society). In his capacity as a collaborative lawyer, Michael is a member of a Central London Family Law Collaborative Pod.


St Bees School, St Bees, Cumbria; Kingston Polytechnic; College of Law, London.


Away from the world of law, Michael’s interests include gardening, fine arts, opera, skiing and travel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

London: Private client


Within: Family

Bishop & Sewell LLP  has ‘very experienced partners with proven expertise’ in both finance and children cases. The ‘vastly experienced’ Michael Gillman  heads the practice, which includes Philip Rutter, who has ‘impeccable judgement’ and consultant Eileen Pembridge, who is ‘hugely experienced’.

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