Firm Profile > GSC Solicitors LLP > London, England

GSC Solicitors LLP
31-32 ELY PLACE
LONDON
ECIN 6TD
England

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

GSC Solicitors LLP combines ‘unrivalled technical knowledge with innovative thinking and superb commercial awareness'. Noted for its strong client following of blue-chip companies and high-net-worth individuals, the firm is notably active in the hospitality, leisure, retail, media, healthcare and fast food industries. One of the names to note is practice head Harvey Posener, who is described by one client as ‘the best property lawyer in London bar none’; he advises large corporate occupiers on leasing or acquiring significant headquarters buildings across the UK. Peter Belcher has finance, transactional and development expertise.

Practice head(s):

Harvey Posener

Other key lawyers:

Peter Belcher; Carole Joseph; Matthew Phillips; Amee Popat

Testimonials

‘GSC Solicitors is a multi discipline, diverse small firm which punches well above its weight. They provide a commercial approach to deals that is often missing from solicitors plus a personal and professional service.’

‘Harvey is an exceptional lawyer; he is a very talented operator who is both pragmatic and intelligent.’

‘The depth of the service you receive from GSC in amazing; they give you 360 degrees of representation, checking and flagging all the relevant issues that arise during a property transaction. I would say that they have their own special standard, and as a client, you are getting a first class service.’

‘GSC provides unrivalled property advice, far surpassing magic circle firms while retaining the benefits of a smaller practice.  They combine unrivalled technical knowledge with innovative thinking and superb commercial awareness.’

‘Harvey Posener is the best property lawyer in London bar none. He personifies all the atttributes of the firm, combining a deep knowledge of the law with creative and innovative thinking and commercial awareness which sets him apart.’

‘Peter Belcher is an extremely experienced property lawyer who understands the complexities of purchasing a hotel.’

‘Carole Joseph stays calm under pressure and manages my (unwarranted) impatience with the other parties to get the deal through.’

Key clients

Universal Music Operations Limited

Freshwater Group of Companies

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

GSC Solicitors LLP acts for international ultra-high-net-worth clients ranging from high-profile individuals such as oligarchs through to significant owners of blue-chip companies on the full array of private client matters. The team also boasts substantial linguistic capabilities. Saleem Sheikh heads the 'client orientated' team that deals with a diverse range of matters such as succession planning for children coming into the business. It has also been busy advising on the protection of assets for married clients through prenuptial agreements or trusts. Amanda Chapman joined the team from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Sheikh

Other key lawyers:

James Cohen; Amanda Chapman; Sana Sheikh

Testimonials

The team has some exceptional talent and its approach to the work is great. The lawyers always try to ensure they put the client first. With the experienced Saleem Sheikh and personable Amanda Chapman the team has some superb leadership. Amanda Chapman has great empathy with her clients and will always go further to find out what it is they really want from a lawyer. A superb lawyer for the international client. Saleem Sheikh has the experience and international contacts to rival anything I have seen in our field‘.

‘Excellent Middle Eastern client base and contacts and specialist knowledge. Amanda Chapman; breath of fresh air, describes things in an understandable way, very responsive and creative‘.

The private client group sits in a wider team where entrepreneurs’ business and personal legal matters are handled. There is a good level of obvious collaboration amongst the various partners so working with them, particularly in first generation wealth creators is conducive. Amanda Chapman is an outstanding individual, technical flair and a charming personality is a rare combination. Her philanthropic passion is also very useful in the UHNW family discussions‘.

The lawyers take the time to talk everything through with you, explain all the questions in a language you can understand. They have covered quite a lot of aspects on personal tax, trusts and probate which has been reassuring. Engagement letter provides the details of the costs, and you are kept informed of the costs throughout the process. James Cohen has been a great help in explaining everything and has been responsive and taken the time to listen and understand. Provides the best possible outcomes, approachable and helpful‘.

For me it is the level of diversity of law it practises in the firm. Whether I need tax structures, to employment contracts, conveyancing and even litigation, the lawyers have handled all aspects amazingly for me. In terms of diversity, it has always been an evolving cycle which is refreshing, male or female members, young to experienced, I have encountered all at the firm which is ever so refreshing. How GSC differentiates from other law firms I have used is through its level of service and dedication. Whenever I require assistance they are at hand at all times for me, irrelevant if this is day or night. The level of understanding of not only the law, but my requirements are outstanding. They do not focus on the problems but structure solutions. James Cohen, Saleem and Sana Sheikh handle my affairs regularly‘.

‘The whole team has amazing synergy and offers a very personalised service to tailor your requirements. Saleem Sheikh always looks after what is best for you. Long term relationship. James Cohen excellent communicator and extremely efficient‘.

‘The diversity of the firm and its ability to make me feel understood as a British Pakistani Muslim put me immediately at ease with them. Its mode of working and availability on the phone as well as email was superb. Saleem Sheikh was brilliant and made it clear that he wants to build relationships with clients which we appreciated. James Cohen the partner was always available, friendly and efficient. There was always a solution‘.

Saleem Sheikh and James Cohen are stand out individuals in this practice for the following reasons: 1. They take time to understand the objective I am trying to reach. 2. They are highly responsive and often this extends to outside normal working hours. 3. They are highly knowledgeable and very personable. 4. Their network of additional professional contacts is outstanding‘.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

GSC Solicitors LLP ‘puts collaboration at the heart of the practice’, according to one of its clients. The intellectual property and media team is recommended for its music industry expertise, advising copyright collecting societies such as the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), Video Performance Limited (VPL) and the Performing Right Society (PRS). Justin Goldspink handles a wide range of IP matters relating to music, copyright and branding, and he is also a key contact for PPL. He co-heads the practice with Clive Halperin, who ‘offers great insight’ and has a particular interest in technology and artificial intelligence. Ross Waldram is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Justin Goldspink; Clive Halperin

Other key lawyers:

Ross Waldram 

Testimonials

‘One of the things that really sticks out is their commercial awareness and their ability to assist not just on the clear legal issues but the risks surrounding decisions made.’ 

‘Clive Halperin is without doubt one of the best lawyers that I have worked with over the last 20 plus years. Clive’s knowledge in his field of expertise is second to none. He is always available and provides concise yet detailed responses to questions and problems.’

‘GSC are market leading specialists in infringement actions within media. They offer a bespoke service tailored to the needs of our business that enables us to instruct them on a wide variety of matters. They put collaboration at the heart of the practice and ensure that they are flexible in the services they offer.’

Key clients

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

PPL PRS Limited

Cano Water Limited

Barmy Army Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

GSC Solicitors LLP's 'hard-working, dedicated and strategic' team regularly acts for clients in complex litigation matters, including cases in the Commercial Court and Privy Council. Head of commercial litigation Michael Shapiro has over 30 years of experience in dispute resolution. Senior consultant Barry Samuels is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Barry Samuels; Richard Curtin; Mark Richardson; Sana Sheikh

Testimonials

Clients will get very hands-on and personal service from hard-working, dedicated and strategic lawyers.

GSC has great experience in private client disputes, often involving international elements or fraud angles.

Offers top-quality service from lawyers who put their clients’ needs first.

GSC will not spend a pound more than is necessary to achieve a result for the client, but they do this without compromising excellence of service.

Michael Shapiro gives clients frank appraisals of their dispute’s risk profile. He knows how to package a case so as to ensure it is favourably received in court, and always knows where the deal lies if one is to be done.

Michael Shapiro is a lovely individual, as well as being hard-working and committed to his clients.

Senior consultant Barry Samuels is highly experienced; active in complex commercial disputes since the 1980s, he is very hard-working and dedicated.

Barry Samuels is an outstanding lawyer, who is wholly dedicated to doing his best for the firm.

Key clients

Roman Pipia

Universal Music UK

Michael Elton

Sandeep Badyal

Vladimir Gusinski

Sergey Linkov

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

GSC Solicitors LLP's real estate finance team acts for domestic and international high-net-worth individuals and clients in the retail, hospitality and care home sectors. Peter Belcher leads the team, with skills in handling acquisition and development finance mandates, while Matthew Phillips is adept at matters involving commercial property.

Practice head(s):

Peter Belcher

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Phillips

Testimonials

‘Competent and very easy to talk to.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

Fielding a diverse team with distinctive international capabilities, the corporate practice at GSC Solicitors LLP is noted for its ever-growing focus on property technology and healthcare sector transactions, often with a cross-border element.

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 srsheikh@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Business Crime & Regulatory Khurram Arif karif@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Construction Peter Belcher plbecher@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Corporate & Commercial Clive Halperin cjhalperin@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Corporate & Commercial David Nathan dnathan@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Corporate & Private Immigration Hateem Ali hali@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Employment David Nathan dnathan@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Insolvency & Restructuring Richard Curtin rcurtin@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Intellectual Property & Media Justin Goldspink jgoldspink@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Michael Shapiro mshapiro@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barry Samuels bsamuels@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Personal & Business Tax James Cohen jcohen@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Private Client & Trusts Saleem R Sheikh srsheikh@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Private Client % Trusts James Cohen jcohen@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Property Finance Peter Belcher plbelcher@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Real Estate Harvey Posener hdposener@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Real Estate Peter Belcher plbeclher@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Tax Investigations & Disputes Saleem R Sheikh srsheikh@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Technology & Internet Law Clive Halperin cjhalperin@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Business Crime & Regulatory Khurram Arif karif@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Planning Law Philip Kratz pkratz@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Real Estate Amee Popat apopat@gscsolicitors.com 02078222222
Real Estate Carole Joseph cjoseph@gscsolicitors.com 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
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