Michael Gillman
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Michael Gillman is senior partner of Bishop & Sewell and head of the family and divorce team. He qualified as a general litigator in 1979 and has been a deputy district judge since 1992. As a solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience, he has appeared briefly as an advocate in the Court of Appeal. After ten years’ general practice, Gillman found himself focusing more on family-based law, although he retained an interest in other areas of law and practice. He now works with clients on a variety of matters but specialises in divorce, financial, children cases and other family issues. He is also used to working with HNW clients and the confidentiality they require, having acted for three clients with asset bases of £500 million plus in the last 18 months. In 2018 he was the instructing solicitor in a case involving a client being acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving with the unusual defence of insanity through automatism. On another memorable case Gillman says: ‘I arrived in the office to a call from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, California to ask if I could help identify a “jumper” from the Golden Gate Bridge, their only point of reference being my business card and a Decree Absolute that I had recently obtained for his former wife and forwarded on instructions. I then had to track down my client, who was abroad, and give her the sad news. All in a day’s work!’

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