GSC SOLICITORS - Key Persons


Aaliyah Stephens

Job Titles:
  • Paralegal
Aaliyah has a 2.1 in law which she obtained from De Montfort University in 2018 along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice obtained in 2019. Before joining GSC Solicitors LLP Aaliyah worked as a Clerk for Hughes Fowler Carruthers and was a Paralegal for a highstreet firm.

ADAM SIMON DICKMAN


Alla Stepanyants

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Solicitor

Amanda Chapman

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Amanda specialises in wealth and tax planning, advising UK and internationally domiciled individuals, families, owner-managed businesses, family offices, trustees and charities, with an emphasis on UK and cross-border succession planning and wealth structuring, including trusts and alternative structures, inheritance and capital gains tax, and domicile and remittance/residence planning, family business governance, and charity law and practice. Amanda joined GSC In October 2020 from a large international practice in the City. Amanda has been recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List, and has published articles on various subjects including advising a family business, and has regularly devoted her personal time to charitable activities which focus on making a career in law more accessible to students from all backgrounds.

AMEE POPAT

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Amee specialises in commercial property transactions for a wide range of clients with a particular focus on corporate occupiers acquiring or leasing premises including headquarters buildings. Amee read Law at the University of Leicester (2003 LLB Hons) and joined GSC in 2004 as a trainee. She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and was appointed a partner in October 2013.

Barry Samuels

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Solicitor
Barry Samuels attended at Manchester University where he gained a first class honours degree followed by a first class honours in his professional qualification. He qualified at Nabarro Nathanson in 1971 where he became the youngest solicitor appointed to partnership. He moved to become a partner and subsequently head of department at Manches & Co in 1974, Brecher & Co in 1986 and finally Kingsley Napley in 1996. After retiring from Kingsley Napley in 2009 he joined GSC in 2010 as a consultant returning to practice after missing the challenges of dispute resolution.

Carey Jialing Xu

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Solicitor
Carey Jialing Xu is an Associate Solicitor in the Private Client and Immigration Team. She has an extensive experience in dealing with High Net Worth individuals with complex immigration and wealth planning matters. She also acted for start-ups and corporate businesses for business immigration and employment issues. Carey has 100% success rate of all the immigration applications represented to date. She is also our Head of China Desk looking after Chinese speaking clients on a range of Immigration, Private Client, Company Commercial, Property and Intellectual Property matters. Carey is native speaking in Mandarin and Shanghainess (Shanghai Dialect) and has a good command of Cantonese. If you and/or your business is considering to relocate to the UK, please ensure to make Carey as your first port of call. At the moment Carey is a go-to person for BN(O) passport holders who we are able to assist to relocate to the UK, from pre-migration planning to assistance with residential or commercial property. Here is a short video explaining how we can help: https://bit.ly/38Vngtc

Carole Joseph

Job Titles:
  • Partner

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Clive Halperin

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Clive advises on company law including sales, mergers & acquisitions, private equity investments, shareholder and partnership structures and disputes. He advises on franchises and all forms of commercial, technology and e-commerce agreements with a particular expertise in the media and sport sectors. He also advises clients on the structuring, ownership, licensing and management of Intellectual Property rights and trade marks to enable owners to exploit their commercial value as well as the IP elements of licences, assignments, sale and purchase agreements. Clive also acts for large franchisees of multinational brands and for master franchisees including negotiating bespoke master franchise agreements. Qualification & Experience Clive attended Kings College, University of London (B Pharm) 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He joined GSC in 1998 and became a partner in 1999. He is a member of The Society of Computers & Law and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

CLIVE JAMES SEAN HALPERIN


DAVID NATHAN

Job Titles:
  • Partner
David advises on both company law and employment law. He has experience in advising on all aspects of company and employment law including mergers and acquisitions, shareholders' and partnership agreements, terms and conditions of business, employment contracts/ staff handbooks, and employment tribunal claims. His clients are drawn from a wide variety of business sectors such as retail, health, restaurants, hotels, banking and information technology. Qualification & Experience David read Economics at Leeds University (BA) and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. He joined GSC in 2005 and became a partner in 2013.

David Whitlock

Job Titles:
  • Business Development Director

Erik Brunetti

Job Titles:
  • Designer
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Frederika Hudekova

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Solicitor

HARVEY DEREK POSENER


Harvey Posener

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Harvey specialises in commercial property transactions with a particular focus on advising large corporate occupiers leasing or acquiring significant headquarters buildings across the UK. He has considerable expertise in the investment, development, acquisition, sales and letting of all types of commercial property. Harvey attended Manchester University (LLB Hons) 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He joined GSC in 1990 and became a partner in 1993.

JAMES ALEXANDER REISLER COHEN


James Cohen

Job Titles:
  • Partner
James Cohen attended Birmingham University (BSc 2005) before completing the College of Law Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course both with distinction. He qualified as a solicitor in October 2009 and joined GSC at this time to specialise in International and Private Wealth. In November 2015 James was appointed as a Partner. He has furthered his expertise and knowledge in this area by completing the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma and is now a qualified Trust and Estates Practitioner. James is an expert in advising on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate, Offshore Structuring, Tax and other private client matters. In particular James has developed substantial knowledge in dealing with matters where clients have assets located in multiple jurisdictions, especially for Pakistan and Indian clients that involve a detailed review of the double tax treaties between the countries. James has arranged wills and lasting power of attorneys for a number of my clients and has consistently shown himself to be professional while also being sensitive to some of the emotional issues clients face in such circumstances.

Justin Goldspink

Justin is a barrister specialising in media and intellectual property, particularly copyright and trade marks. His work is primarily in the field of music and branding and he has significant experience of copyright licensing, enforcement and valuation. Justin attended Lincoln College, Oxford (BA in Jurisprudence) 1991 and Nottingham University (LLM in International Law) 1993. He was called to the Bar in 1994, joined GSC in 1997 and was appointed Head of IP Litigation in 2002. He is a member of the Bar European Group.

Khurram Arif

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Solicitor
Khurram Arif specialises in fraud, money laundering and confiscation. He has extensive experience of criminal litigation. Khurram attended the London School of Economics (LLB Hons), qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and as a Higher Court Advocate in 2009. He joined GSC as a consultant solicitor in April 2010.

Leila Mustafa

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Solicitor
Leila has been awarded a Level 2 Award in Fundaments of Islamic Banking and Finance from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Mark Richardson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Solicitor
Mark specialises in the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the media and broadcasting sector. As well as Intellectual Property, Mark also acts in a range of broad base commercial litigation including landlord and tenant, insolvency, contract disputes and debt recovery. Mark Richardson attended Southampton Solent University (2007 LLB Hons) and completed the College of Law Legal Practice Course in 2008 with a commendation. Mark gained experience as a Commercial Litigation paralegal with GSC before commencing his Training Contract in 2009 and qualifying as a solicitor in October 2011 joining the intellectual property department.

MATTHEW PAUL PHILLIPS


Matthew Phillips

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Matthew specialises in complex commercial property transactions including agreements for lease (including for development sites) and leases, as well as acquisitions and refinancing of both owner-occupied and multi-let premises. He advises general commercial tenants, fast food franchise owners/operators and also overseas investors in relation to their UK property portfolios, having significant experience in high value residential property transactions. Matthew also has experience in property based banking transactions, particularly secured lending and development finance for the commercial and high value residential property market. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995.

MICHAEL SHAPIRO


Michael Shapiro FCILEx

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Partner
Michael started at GSC in 1988 as an office junior. He commenced studying for the legal executive exams in 1990 and qualified as a fellow in 1997, during which time he became an established member of GSC's litigation team. In 2004 Michael was appointed Head of GSC's Commercial Litigation Team. Michael has undertaken cases in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, LVT (now FTT), Lands Tribunal (now STT) and most recently in the Supreme Court where is succeeded in obtaining judgment in the client favour in the much publicised case of Daejan v Benson & Others. Michael was appointed a partner on 29 November 2013 and an Equity Partner in February 2017. For his many achievements and excellency in commercial litigation work, Michael is included in the Leaders' List of the City Wealth, which is a prestigious directory of leading professionals. His Leaders' List profile can be found here.

Mr. Saleem Sheikh

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner
  • Jersey Finance Africa Round - Up Series Senior Partner
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Peter Belcher

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Peter specialises in commercial property transactions with a particular focus on secured lending in the hotel, leisure, banking and healthcare sectors as well as advising on franchises and trusts. Clients include high net worth individuals, property developers, leisure, hotel and healthcare operators and leading UK and international financial institutions. He attended Nottingham University (LLB Hons) 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. He joined GSC in 1995 and became a partner in 1996.

Peter Cooper

Job Titles:
  • Chief Finance and Operating Officer
Peter is a Chartered Accountant, registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and has been working with the GSC Board since 2019. As the Chief Finance and Operating Officer at GSC, Peter assists the GSC board in achieving strategic, financial and other key objectives on an operational level. With over 30 years' experience working within the London finance sector, Peter brings his vast expertise to the firm. He was previously a Partner in one of the UK's top 10 accountancy firms where he led a national team of restructuring experts. Throughout his career, Peter has advised a wide range of financial institutions and management teams covering a multitude of industry sectors. In particular, he has specialist business finance lending experience, which was obtained during his time at one of the UK's leading asset based lending Banks.

PETER LEIGHTON BELCHER


Philip Kratz

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Solicitor
Philip specialises in all aspects of planning and development related law, including planning-conditional acquisitions, planning applications, planning appeals, listed building appeals, enforcement notice problems, negotiating section 106 planning obligations and all related aspects of development law, including highways agreements, rights of way and compulsory purchase. Before entering private practice, Philip worked in local government, becoming a chief officer with responsibility for all operational services. He has been involved in developing various large-scale proposals, including new settlements, a large riverside redevelopment, a city centre retail redevelopment, a large scale campus relocation for a leading university, obtaining permission for London campuses for regional and overseas educational institutions, and a number of renewable energy projects. Philip's strategic advice on all aspects of planning and development related law is valued by clients. He is accredited as a specialist planning solicitor by the Law Society, a Legal Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the National Association for Planning Enforcement, and a current member of the Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee. Philip is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019], where one of his longstanding clients is quoted as saying that he "…..has the magic touch; his knowledge and level of service are excellent"; he is ranked as a Leading Individual in planning in Chambers legal directory, where he is noted as a "…robust advisor who inspires confidence".

RICHARD CHRISTOPHER CURTIN


Richard Curtin

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Richard joined GSC in 2018. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Insolvency & Restructuring in respect of formal appointments or not, contentious and non-contentious matters. He deals with English and cross border matters. His aim is to achieve his clients' commercial goals utilising the procedures available. He is a fellow of both R3 and The Institute of Credit Management. Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1986.

Rishi Sunak

Job Titles:
  • Chancellor

Robert Steel

Job Titles:
  • Tax Director
Robert is a former Co-Coordinator for The Chartered Institute of Taxation for the North of England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man; and a former Chairman and Treasurer of the Leeds Branch of The Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Ross Waldram

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Solicitor
Ross is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Media Department where he works on a range of matters encompassing copyright, trademarks and passing off. As well as contentious work in the courts and tribunals, he also advises clients on non-contentious matters, registrations, licensing and assignments. Having joined the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in 2007, he has experience across a range of departments at GSC and also regularly assists the Employment and Corporate departments. Ross qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

SALEEM RAZA SHEIKH


Sana Sheikh

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Solicitor
Sana Sheikh holds an MA in Law from St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge. She completed the Accelerated Legal Practice Course at BPP in London with Distinction. She trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, spending six months in Dubai, U.A.E on secondment. Sana qualified as a solicitor in September 2015 and joined GSC in April 2016 to specialise in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Sana advises on a wide variety of disputes, many with an international element, and some of her recent cases include: a family trust dispute between settlor and beneficiaries, which involved the laws of Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Uganda and the Seychelles; an international arbitration seated in London concerning the export of goods to a country in East Africa; and a recovery of substantial losses suffered by a Claimant under principles of Georgian law against a financial institution based in Georgia. Sana has authored a number of articles on trademark law which have been published in journals such as the World Trademark Review and World Intellectual Property Report. She speaks a several languages including French, Punjabi and Urdu.

Saqib Sheikh

Job Titles:
  • Marketing Executive
Saqib works on the firm's marketing strategy with a particular emphasis on digital projects. He has a strong background as well as passion in digital marketing and online strategies. Saqib has a good track record also in running his own businesses, both B2B and B2C, in sectors such as hospitality, real estate sector and beauty. Saqib has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Boston University School of Management. He is passionate about healthy life style and sports.

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Stepan Stepanyants

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Zhanna Sutton - CMO

Job Titles:
  • Head of Marketing
Zhanna is an experienced senior marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the professional services industry for over 25 years. She is responsible for the overall marketing strategy of the firm as well as multi-channel marketing campaigns and diverse marketing programmes. Zhanna is a very hands-on marketer who develops, delivers and manages all marketing & business development projects across the firm. With corporate background, Zhanna's professional career started with working for BP with further move to the legal and accountancy sectors. Zhanna holds BA Hon degree in Linguistics (Kazakh State University of World Languages), BA Hon Petroleum Engineering (Cambridge University) and Master's degree in Marketing (Kingston University). Zhanna is native in Russian and Kazakh.