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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP carries out a range of commercial litigation work for a mix of corporate and high-net-worth individual clients, advising on everything from contractual disputes to private client and property litigation. Its corporate client base includes both public and private companies, while it counts a number of oligarchs among the individuals it advises. The team is headed by Michael Shapiro , who has over 25 years’ experience in the dispute resolution sphere, and also includes senior consultant Barry Samuels , who has a particular focus on real estate litigation.

Practice head(s):Michael Shapiro

Other key lawyers:Barry Samuels; Mark Richardson; Richard Curtin

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Bresto Pte on a dispute relating to its investment in a BVI company

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP acts for international ultra-high-net-worth clients across a number of jurisdictions, with particular experience with Pakistani and Indian clients. It is a team that is experienced at working with people from different cultures and as a result has gained an insight into the cultural sensitivities surrounding money and family. Saleem Sheikh heads the team and regularly advises on issues such as succession planning for children coming into a business or protecting assets for married couples through prenuptial agreements or trusts.

Practice head(s):Saleem Sheikh

Other key lawyers:James Cohen


'Saleem Sheikh and James Cohen are very quick at grasping the situation.'

'James Cohen is very smart, practical and responsive.'

'Very 'hands-on' partner-driven firm from MP down. The team is always available and does provide a first-class service.'

'It is a well-managed and very helpful team.'

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

GSC Solicitors LLP

London boutique GSC Solicitors LLP undertakes the full range of commercial real estate work, including transactions, leasing on behalf of bluechip corporates, developments, financing and investment for both private and overseas entities. The firm advises major hotel owners on acquisitions, development, expansions and financing matters, while in the leisure space, it works with a number of notable fast food outfits. The firm’s wider tax, planning and contentious knowledge complements the commercial property offering.

Practice head(s):Harvey Posener;

Other key lawyers:Peter Belcher; Matthew Phillips; Carole Joseph

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP is particularly noted for its music sector expertise where it is engaged on enforcement work for the leading UK collection societies. It regularly acts for longstanding client PPL, and its sister company Video Performance Ltd (VPL) on enforcement matters as well as copyright issues and matters regarding the distribution of licence fees to record companies and performers. PRS for Music and PPL PRS are also clients. Elsewhere, the team also handles a range of corporate and commercial matters and it is noted for its advice on branding matters, copyright infringements, and Advertising Standards Authority issues.

Practice head(s):Justin Goldspink

Other key lawyers:Clive Halperin


The team has the ability to understand what its client's business is truly about.

When time is of the essence, the team will do what is necessary to get the job done.

Clive Halperin is very knowledgeable in M&A; and his ability to understand the nuances of a software business is exceptional.


Key Clients

Phonographic Performance Limited

Video Performance Limited

PRS for Music


Work highlights

  • Acted for PPL in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to the remedy of additional damages for copyright infringement.
  • The firm has continued to act for PPL on enforcement matters where actions are commenced against nightclubs, bars, pubs, shops and other venues.
  • The team continues to act for PRS in respect of the enforcement of their rights.

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