Margaret Heathcote

Margaret Heathcote

Consultant Solicitor - Family Relationships & Divorce Team
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7079 3648
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7323 0491

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Margaret is a Consultant Solicitor in our Family Relationships and Divorce Team

She has many years’ experience in dealing with the full range of family issues, and is particular adept in resolving disputes involving assets of significant value and / or complexity.

Margaret is an expert in all aspects of private family law work, gained during a career spanning over twenty years of private practice.

Her knowledge and expertise are particularly evident in relation to complex matrimonial finance issues, often with an international element. She has considerable experience in dealing also with complex issues relating to children, advising in respect of pre- and post- nuptial agreements and property disputes between unmarried couples.

Margaret is a trained collaborative lawyer, and can help resolve family and relationship issues using that process as a dispute resolution mechanism.

Since 1996, Margaret has been exclusively a family law specialist. She brings to Bishop and Sewell LLP experience acquired in some of the leading names in the family law world, such as Dawson Cornwell LLP, Payne Hicks Beach and Farrer & Co LLP.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Margaret worked in the Court Service at the Principal Registry of the Family Division. This gives her a unique insight into the day-to-day operation of the Family Justice System, the work a Judge is required to undertake, and how they do it.


  • Nottingham Trent University (LPC)
  • Nottingham Trent University (Post Graduate Diploma in Law)
  • University of East Anglia (BA (Hons) English and American Literature)


Margaret is a member of Resolution (which was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association), an organisation of 6,500 lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters, voluntarily adhering to a code of conduct.

Margaret is fully committed to Resolution and its aims. She has been active on the London Region Resolution Committee for many years and was its Chair for 6 years. She is also a member of the Property, Tax and Pensions Committee.

In 2013, Margaret was elected by Resolution’s national membership on to the National Committee and in 2014 she became national Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the organisation.  Margaret’s term as National Chair of Resolution will commence in April 2018.

Aside from Resolution, she is a member (and past President) of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.

In her capacity as a collaborative lawyer, Margaret is a member of a Central London Family Law Collaborative Pod.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

The calibre of Margaret’s expertise is recognised in the Chambers’ & Partners legal directory, where she has been ranked as a “leader in her field” in the discipline of family law.

Margaret is an occasional blogger on “Family Law Matters”. She has published articles in various legal journals and (with Michael Gillman) wrote the content for the PLC service on Collaborative Law.

Hobbies & Interests

These tend more towards the culinary and creative, rather than the energetic, save for walking her dog Dido! In her spare time, Margaret enjoys cooking for friends and family, baking and jam-making. She enjoys the opera, films and wandering around gardens.

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