Bishop & Sewell

Margaret is a Consultant Solicitor in the Family & Divorce team

Margaret Heathcote joined Bishop & Sewell as a Consultant Solicitor in 2012.

She advises clients with issues relating to all aspects of private family law, including complex financial issues, pre-nuptial agreements, private Children Act proceedings and issues arising out of cohabitation. Many of her cases have involved complex international and jurisdictional issues, or have involved Trusts and third party assets. A number of her cases have been reported.

She has specialised in family law for the whole of her career, her first job after graduating from university being at the Principal Registry of the Family Division, then based at Somerset House.

After qualifying as a Solicitor, Margaret worked with some of the best known family specialists in the country, including John Cornwell (with whom she trained), a family law pioneer and the founder of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association), a nationwide organisation of family justice professionals committed to a Code of Practice which assures that they adopt a client-focused and non-confrontational approach to the resolution of family law disputes wherever possible.

Margaret now spends the majority of her time working as National Chair of Resolution. She sits on Resolutions’ National and Executive Committees, along with its Standards, Pensions, Tax and Financial Remedies Committees.

In 2009-10 Margaret was President of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society.

Specialist areas:

  • Complex, high net worth financial disputes
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation issues (including TOLATA proceedings)
  • Private Children Act proceedings



  • Law Society
  • Resolution

About Me

My interests: cooking, eating and drinking, reading detective stories, walking my dog, attending antique and jewellery shows and dressing up for the opera (or any other occasion).

My alternative career choice: a film critic, having read Film Studies at University, and having been an avid fan of Barry Norman.

Two luxury items I’d take on a desert island: assuming I’m not allowed to take my dog or husband, I would take my Kindle, loaded with an inexhaustible supply of detective fiction, and some unbreakable sunglasses.