The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work 020 7822 2222
Fax 020 7822 2211

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.'

[back to top]

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

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

Further information on GSC Solicitors LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about GSC Solicitors LLP in other jurisdictions.


Offices in London

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.