Stephen founded the firm with Jill Sewell in 1979 and is a well-known and respected practitioner with unrivalled expertise in London residential property matters. His practice also touches on some commercial property and trust, estates and tax issues.
Stephen was articled to a firm in the West End, then moved to the City before founding Bishop & Sewell with Jill Sewell (now retired) in 1979. His career – starting in the 1970s – has seen him specialise in residential property and related transactional work. It is with good reason that Stephen’s name is such a recognised and trusted one with other solicitors and conveyancers, as well as other professionals practicing in the area.
Stephen’s clients are drawn from individuals, corporate entities and third party lenders. They include UK nationals and those involved in property transactions from abroad.
His ability to retain the trust and support of clients – often across repeated transactions – is testament not only to his legal acumen, but also the comprehensive common-sense approach that permeates the work he does.
Stephen’s vast experience in buying and selling leasehold and freehold properties in Central London is second to none. He often advises clients on how to structure bids for property acquisitions and on how to set up off-shore trusts. He is particularly adept at managing high net worth transactions of considerable complexity.
Sailing, skiing, walking (occasionally with his dogs), and along with his wife a keen interest in church affairs and was a Church Warden of Holy Trinity Bosham for many years. Stephen is a trustee of a number of charities in which he plays an active role, including the Bishop & Sewell Charitable Foundation, and is a Mason. He has three grown sons (none of whom are lawyers).