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GSC Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

The team at GSC Solicitors LLP represents a number of bluechip corporates, fast food franchise owners, hotel owners and private equity funded SPVs on the full gamut of commercial property matters. Led by the ‘trusted and reliableHarvey Posener, the practice comes particularly recommended for its corporate occupier work, handling significant headquarter leasing and acquisition matters. Peter Belcher is decribed as 'wonderful at managing teams and complex projects.'

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‘A great combination of a City practice with a niche firm, giving individual and tailored advice.’

‘Carole Joseph takes a practical and long-term approach, which means that timescales and costs are always under control. Peter Belcher is very good at allocating the right team members to projects that play to their specific skills.’

‘Peter Belcher has all-round knowledge of real estate including conveyancing, leasing and financing. He gets to crux of the deal and does not waste time on matters that are insignificant.’

‘Carole Joseph and Peter Belcher balance sound and detailed legal advice with practical and pragmatic business sense. We couldn’t ask for more.’

‘Harvey Posener is a trusted and reliable pair of hands that has helped guide the business through multiple complex deals and landlord related matters over many years.’

‘Carole Joseph is the only person you need to know in London if you are buying or selling a property, especially if things drag on or change while the transaction is taking place.’

‘Peter Belcher is wonderful at managing teams and complex projects.’

‘Peter Belcher is hugely experienced in property transactions. He understands hotels, brands and banks and just makes the most complicated transactions come together.’

Key clients


Universal Music Operations Limited

Abbey Road Training Limited trading as Abbey Road Institute (part of the Virgin Records group)

Channel 4

Freshwater Group of Companies

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

GSC Solicitors LLP has a growing emphasis on acting for international ultra-high-net-worth clients such as oligarchs, significant families and owners of blue-chip companies, with assets spread across different countries. Department head Saleem Sheikh commonly deals with issues such as succession planning for children coming into a business or protecting the assets of married couples through pre-nuptial agreements, trusts or partnership agreements. Other strengths include advising on lasting powers of attorney and tax-efficient gifting to children.

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Saleem Sheikh and James Cohen stand out for their personalised service and attention to detail’

‘I have received prompt and excellent service with great attention to detail and what I consider to be practical and sensible advice’

In my experience the coordination of the whole team at GSC is brilliant. In the absence of our main contact, we were still attended to in a very timely and efficient manner. It appears the team is extremely organised and has good communication system’

‘James Cohen is a very calm and patient personality. He was well aware of the subject matter and guided us diligently and in a timely manner. He also took efforts to write us details of our conversations and discussions clarifying again any doubts and queries we had raised’

GSC provides bespoke and personalised legal advice. James Cohen is approachable and provides considered and tailored advice

‘The private client team at GSC always handles client matters in a timely and efficient way. The lawyers are able to simplify complex matters in a way that clients understand

James Cohen is available even out of office hours, on demand, to ensure that our clients are offered a Rolls-Royce service

James’ technical expertise is second to none and our clients are all very complimentary of him. He is personable, knowledgeable and efficient

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

GSC Solicitors LLP is recommended for its music industry expertise and is particularly active in advising copyright collecting societies including the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), Video Performance Limited (VPL) and the Performing Right Society (PRS). Justin Goldspink (who leads the team alongside corporate and commercial partner Clive Halperin) is a key contact for PPL and has a breadth of experience across music, copyright and branding matters. Ross Waldram is a key contact for copyright and trade mark mandates.

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Phonographic Performance Limited

Performing Right Society Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Cano Water Limited

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

GSC Solicitors LLP has longstanding relationships with several large clients, including global businesses, UHNW individuals and sizeable family businesses. Commercial litigation team head Michael Shapiro focuses on general commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes, as well as property litigation and company and personal insolvency-related disputes. Consultant Barry Samuels' disputes frequently have international angles.

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The practice is unique in that it provides a personalised service to its clients, and makes each of its clients feel special. The result is a splendid working relationship, one built on confidence and trust. Unlike other firms, the dispute resolution team does not treat clients, big or small, as fee fodder.

Michael Shapiro is an experienced and knowledgeable litigator who has a very calm, commercial and realistic approach to dispute resolution.

GSC provides excellent value for money compared to the larger City law firms. Its strengths lie in the fact that an entire team will be dedicated to your dispute and they will work round the clock for very reasonable fees to provide the best-quality service and legal advice for their clients. They have exceptional expertise in managing disputes for high-net-worth individuals.

I was particularly impressed working with Barry Samuels. He is a legend of the game and combines his vast experience in heavy-weight litigation with characteristic charm and warmth. He is a pleasure to work with and clients love him.

I was also very impressed working with Sana Sheikh. Her legal drafting skills are second to none and attention to detail excellent. She is a rising star and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future in commercial litigation.

GSC punch well above their weight. Despite having a modestly sized team they have specialists in almost all areas of civil law from fraud to media/entertainment and property. They are resourceful, adaptable and knowledgeable.

Barry Samuels is a litigation legend with decades of experience from heading up litigation departments elsewhere. He is tactically extremely astute and able effectively and with great strategic acumen to process and deploy vast amounts of information in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Sana Sheikh is a stand-out associate with a wealth of detailed knowledge and technical expertise.

The team is a remarkable mix of highly qualified and experienced solicitors whose talents, as a focussed team, compliment one another. In modern terms it qualified as a boutique practice which punches well about its weight, certainly in litigation and arbitration work and the high-net worth private clients whom it attracts.


Key clients

Roman Pipia

Sergey Linkov

Irina Kazantsera

Universal Music UK Limited

Santokh Sahota

Daejan Properties Limited

Brickfield Properties Limited

Founded in 1972, this boutique City firm advises both business and private clients. Historically renowned for its premium commercial property expertise and international private client work, over the decades the firm has expanded into a full-service firm with corporate, litigation, real estate, employment, immigration, banking and tax practices. Clients range from corporates, listed companies, to small and medium-sized enterprises and high-net-worth individuals, in the UK and overseas. GSC Solicitors LLP is the only medium-sized law firm that speaks over 16 foreign languages in house, with dedicated international desks to help overseas clients.

The firm’s biggest asset is client relationship. Some of GSC’s clients stay with the firm for as long as over 25 years, that inspired the well-established programme ‘GSC’s Next Gen’. The programme is aimed at the next generation of entrepreneurs, professionals and successors of family businesses ensuring that the next generation are well equipped for the business challenges in complex business environment.

GSC’s entrepreneurial thinking has enabled the firm to become a trusted advisor to businesses. The firm is known for its holistic understanding of business, technology and the climate that businesses operate. The firm’s partners are included in the CityWealth Leaders’ List; International Membership Network ‘Abacus’, where GSC is just one of very few law firms that represents UK’s legal professionals; and GSC’s senior partner Saleem Sheikh was recognised by the unbeatable award from The Magic Circle as the ‘Entrepreneurial Individual’ – a small selection of firm’s achievements to mention.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial property: The department, led by Harvey Posener, acts for institutional investors, corporate occupiers, private entrepreneurs and professional landlords. It has extensive experience representing major occupiers, particularly in the hotel and leisure, franchised business, and healthcare sectors. The department offers significant market reputation and experience in commercial property development, funding, leases and sales.

Property finance: The department, headed by Peter Belcher, advises on secured and unsecured corporate lending and security arrangements, merger and acquisition financing, refinancing and development funding, financial restructuring and venture capital. It also deals with legal due diligence, warranties, covenants and inter-creditor issues. The department manages property financing of a number of international major fast food franchises, each with a large number of outlets; and is also specialised in the healthcare sector, helping owners and operators deal with all aspects of real estate financing in this highly regulated industry.

Residential real estate: GSC’s lawyers deal with high value conveyancing throughout England and Wales, including Crown property and other historical estates. The firm offers exceptional understanding of the complex issues including finding the best way that fits seamlessly with tax, family and private wealth management.

Construction: The GSC team acts for developers, contractors, Project Managers, sub-contractors, consultants and funders involved in the construction industry. They provide advice on all aspects of the construction procurement process, from contracts and development agreements to collateral warranties and third-party rights.

Planning law: The department headed by Philip Kratz, has an extensive experience in all aspects of planning and development related law, from complicated planning-conditional acquisitions, to enforcement notice issues.

Private client and trusts: The team headed by GSC’s senior partner, Saleem Sheikh, has a particular focus on advising on international private wealth providing high net worth individuals, families and entrepreneurs with holistic, tailored advice in relation to their interests both in the UK and further afield. The team is known for its strong track record in a broad range of private client issues, such as the setting up of both onshore and offshore trusts for wealth preservation, succession planning to help ensure family businesses pass down through generations without being unduly burdened with tax liabilities, as well as helping entrepreneurs to realise the sale of their successful venture in the most tax efficient way. The group helps ensure family businesses are properly structured so they can pass from generation to generation without being unduly burdened with tax liabilities and family disputes.

Tax investigation and disputes: GSC’s  experts, led by Saleem Sheikh, comprise of highly specialised professionals with experience in handling high level tax investigations. The team helps companies and individuals who are facing tax litigation, including white collar crime/fraud charges and regulatory offences. Services include negotiating with tax authorities, assisting in making voluntary discloses if unpaid tax and advising on legal professional privilege issues.

Business crime and regulatory: The group at GSC Solicitors headed by Khurram Arif, has a well-established reputation based on its strong experience in dealing with fraud, business crime, tax and litigation. The group advises both corporate and individual clients and is uniquely placed by their understanding of the commercial environment and their clients’ business interests. The team represents clients during interviews, criminal or regulatory investigations and any Court proceedings in a wide spectrum of areas, such as fraud and asset tracing, money laundering, extradition proceedings, bribery and corruption.

Corporate and commercial: Headed by Clive Halperin, the  work covers all aspects of commercial issues, from start-ups to stock exchange flotation and includes company and business sales and purchases, joint ventures, management buy-outs and institutional buy-ins, company financing and restructuring, venture capital investment, partnership and shareholder issues and agreements. With significant proportion of its work having an international scope, the corporate commercial team also advises on all forms of commercial contracts including agency and distribution, franchising, management agreements, lending and security documentation, sponsorship and marketing agreements and standard terms and conditions of trade. The department’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of commercial issues in a wide range of sector areas from manufacturing to technology and from marketing to healthcare. The firm works for long established businesses and businesses operating new operating models that may not have existed a few years ago.

Media and intellectual property: GSC’s team, led by Justin Goldspink, is well known for its work in the music industry and has a particular focus on online IP issues. The team is specialised in the protection of intellectual property rights at the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. The firm’s IP experts advise help clients on every stage of product or brand’s lifecycle. The firm works in many sectors from fashion to music, from sport to fast moving consumer goods. Trademarks is another key specialism of the firm.

Technology and internet law: GSC’s specialist group has an established record of innovation and experience in the technology and IT sector and specialised in all aspects of internet and digital business. Clients range includes business is in virtual reality, cloud computing, e-commerce and mobile tech.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: Under Michael Shapiro, the  department handles all forms of disputes, including landlord and tenant, commercial contracts (with international element), debt recovery, emergency injunctions, contested probate and professional negligence. From start to finish the team adopts a commercial and cost-effective approach, designed to achieve an outcome that works for their clients and their business. The international clientele is mostly handled by Barry Samuels, who has decades of hands-on experience in dispute resolution with overseas clients, from global brands to ultra-high net worth individuals – in the Courts, at specialist tribunals or using arbitration and mediation.

Insolvency and restructuring group: GSC’s headed by Richard Curtin provides expert and commercial advice in all areas of insolvency, corporate recovery, restructuring and turn-around situations. The team is able to deal with major restructurings and formal insolvencies through to representing individual creditors and other stakeholders. The group has significant experience in helping companies in financial difficulty, lenders and investors, turnaround specialists and insolvency practitioners. They advise on business rescues, work-outs, the enforcement of security rights, the protection of creditors’ interests, receivership, liquidation, corporate and individual voluntary arrangements, administrations as well as directors’ duties and responsibilities. Clients include banks and financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, creditors, debtors, companies and directors.

Employment: The department is headed by David Nathan and acts for individuals and companies on appointments, all forms of discrimination, dismissal, boardroom disputes, TUPE transfers, redundancy, compromise agreements, employee rights and employment contracts. They also handle High Court litigation for breach of contract including injunctions to enforce restrictive covenants, actions for breach of copyright and confidentiality and high value claims for non-payment of bonuses. For terminations of senior executives, the team is also able to advise on related issues such as shareholder rights and company law issues.

Corporate and private immigration: The team is headed by Hateem Ali, specialised in all aspects of UK immigration. The team advises both EU and non-EU individuals and companies who wish to invest, work or set up business in the UK. The team also handles all aspects of sponsorship for UK employers who may want to employ non-EU nationals or transfer existing staff based overseas to the UK. For their private clients, they provide a specialist personalised service to support individuals and families moving to the UK, advising on the best solution to help the client relocate, obtain permanent residence and British Citizenship. The immigration team also has a strong track record in winning complex appeals.

Notary services: GSC also provides to to both private and corporate clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Saleem R Sheikh 02078222222
Business Crime & Regulatory Khurram Arif 02078222222
Construction Peter Belcher 02078222222
Corporate & Commercial Clive Halperin 02078222222
Corporate & Commercial David Nathan 02078222222
Corporate & Private Immigration Hateem Ali 02078222222
Employment David Nathan 02078222222
Insolvency & Restructuring Richard Curtin 02078222222
Intellectual Property & Media Justin Goldspink 02078222222
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Michael Shapiro 02078222222
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barry Samuels 02078222222
Personal & Business Tax James Cohen 02078222222
Private Client & Trusts Saleem R Sheikh 02078222222
Private Client % Trusts James Cohen 02078222222
Property Finance Peter Belcher 02078222222
Real Estate Harvey Posener 02078222222
Real Estate Peter Belcher 02078222222
Tax Investigations & Disputes Saleem R Sheikh 02078222222
Technology & Internet Law Clive Halperin 02078222222
Business Crime & Regulatory Khurram Arif 02078222222
Planning Law Philip Kratz 02078222222
Real Estate Amee Popat 02078222222
Real Estate Carole Joseph 02078222222
Photo Name Position Profile
 Hateem Ali  photo Hateem Ali Hateem specialises in both corporate and personal immigration matters. He advises clients…
 Peter Belcher  photo Peter Belcher Partner specialising in commercial property transactions, particularly hotels, leisure, nursing homes and…
 James Cohen  photo James Cohen Partner specialising in private client and tax matters, particularly advising on Wills,…
 Richard Curtin  photo Richard Curtin Partner with extensive experience in all aspects of Insolvency & Restructuring in respect…
 Justin Goldspink  photo Justin Goldspink Justin is a barrister specialising in media and intellectual property, particularly copyright…
 Clive Halperin  photo Clive Halperin Partner specialising in commercial and corporate law, including corporate finance, acquisitions, disposals,…
 Carole Joseph  photo Carole Joseph Partner specialising in all aspects of both commercial and residential property conveyancing…
 Philip Kratz  photo Philip Kratz Consultant. Philip specialises in all aspects of planning and development related law,…
 David Nathan  photo David Nathan Partner specialising in corporate and employment law. Experience in advising on all…
 Matthew Phillips  photo Matthew Phillips Partner specialising in both commercial property and residential conveyancing; experienced in acting…
 Amee Popat  photo Amee Popat Partner specialising in commercial property transactions for a wide range of clients…
 Harvey Posener  photo Harvey Posener Partner; acting in substantial commercial sales and purchases and leases; high-value residential…
 Mark Richardson  photo Mark Richardson Senior Associate Solicitor
 Barry Samuels  photo Barry Samuels Barry deals with a wide variety of disputes (many with an international…
 Michael Shapiro  photo Michael Shapiro Partner and head of commercial litigation specialising in landlord and tenant, property,…
Mr Saleem Sheikh photo Mr Saleem Sheikh Senior partner specialising in international and offshore tax structures, arbitration and dispute…
 Sana Sheikh  photo Sana Sheikh Associate Solicitor
 Ross Waldram  photo Ross Waldram Ross Waldram is a Senior Associate solicitor with a broad practice but…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 11
Consultants : 3
Chinese (Mandarin and dialects)
Spanish and Valencian