The Partners of Bishop & Sewell and Monro Wright & Wasbrough are delighted to announce the merger of their two firms. Monro Wright & Wasbrough (‘MWW’) will merge with Bishop & Sewell with effect from 1st February 2021 and the newly combined practice will operate as “Bishop & Sewell LLP incorporating Monro Wright & Wasbrough.”
The Bishop & Sewell management team led by Mark Chick (Senior Partner and Management Board Chair) and Michael Kashis (Managing Partner – Strategy and Implementation) will be joined by the MWW team, with Nicholas Barlow becoming Head of Private Client and Thom Wilkinson joining the new firm’s Management Board.
Bishop & Sewell was established in 1979 by Stephen Bishop and Jill Sewell and has always been known for its strong property and commercial reputation. Since its foundation, it has steadily expanded to become a full-service firm covering Residential & Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Family, Immigration, Private Client, Tax & Trusts and Dispute Resolution. Its clients are private individuals, families, businesses and entrepreneurs.
Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP can trace its history back to the Eighteenth Century in and around the Inns of Court and offers a wide range of legal services covering Private Client, Property, Family, Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial.
The merger is part of Bishop & Sewell’s continued planned expansion strategy and will strengthen its Private Client, Property, Family and Dispute Resolution practices, with a team of people perfectly aligned with its culture and values. The combined firm will operate from Bishop & Sewell’s offices in Russell Square, London, WC1.
Mark Chick Senior Partner of Bishop & Sewell comments as follows:
“I am delighted to be able to announce the merger of our two firms. Monro Wright & Wasbrough is a long-established practice, with a much-valued history of providing traditional Private Client services. This merger comes about as a result of our long-term strategic planning to build and expand the breadth and depth of our client service offering, particularly in the Private Client arena.
The culture and values of Monro Wright & Wasbrough are very much aligned with our own and this is a merger in the true sense. We look forward to learning from our colleagues from Monro Wright & Wasbrough as we move forward together and I am very excited about the opportunity that this brings to move our combined practice forward.
At a time when legal services are becoming ever more impersonal and traditional client service values are under attack, this new venture gives us the chance to expand our offering to clients, whilst fitting in with our forward-looking vision.”
Nicholas Barlow, Senior Partner of Monro Wright & Wasbrough comments:
“I am tremendously excited that our discussions with Mark Chick, Stephen Bishop, Michael Kashis and the rest of the senior management team at Bishop & Sewell have brought about the merger of our respective ambitious and talented firms.
From the first meeting it was clear that combining the expertise in both practices would result in a merged firm that will provide a first-class service to our valued clients across a broad range of disciplines and allow our colleagues to develop their professional practices in a results-driven yet collegiate and client-focussed environment.”
This merger will see Bishop & Sewell’s team of fee earners increase to 76, with a full-service remit across five core areas of Property, Private Client, Commercial, Litigation and Family.