Michael Gillman

Michael Gillman

Partner - Family Relationships & Divorce Team
mgillman@bishopandsewell.co.uk

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Michael leads our Family Relationships and Divorce Team

He specialises in divorce, financial, children and cohabitation disputes. He also advises on civil litigation and motoring offences. Michael is a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Court Circuit.

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 Supreme Court.

His expertise as a family lawyer is well-recognised by peers and by our regulator: Michael is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. He has been sitting as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Court Circuit since 1992.

Michael is a trained Mediator and practising Collaborative Lawyer trained by Resolution, and can apply either skill set 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.

Education

  • College of Law, London
  • Kingston University
  • St Bees School, St Bees, Cumbria

Memberships

Michael 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.

He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Solicitors Benevolent Association – the Solicitors Charity. The SBA helps hundreds of solicitors and their families every year, who may be in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or some other misfortune.

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.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Michael writes occasionally for Resolution’s regular publication for members, The Review. His contributions have spanned the range of family and relationship issues.

He has lectured for Central Law Training, The Solicitors Journal and Resolution in his areas of expertise and has contributed to the Collaborative Law section in PLC published by Practical Law.

Hobbies & Interests

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

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