GSC Solicitors LLP Receives ‘The Law Firm of the Year 2019’ Award

We are proud and honoured to announce that GSC Solicitors have been awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year 2019’ last Sunday 18th August in London.

This recognition is very special to us because this year’s Pakistan Achievement Awards International 2019 (PAA) marked their 10th anniversary celebrating the tenth year of Trade & Investment in Pakistan. According to the supportive words from The Rt. Hon. Imran Khan ‘the plan is not just to attract foreign and overseas visitors, but Pakistan’s own investors as well and to bring ease of doing business to facilitate investors’.

PAA marks heroes globally, starting from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to outstanding individuals and their contributions in culture, business, art, science, sports, community work, to name a few.

Commenting on the award, GSC Solicitors’ Senior Partner Saleem Sheikh said, ‘We are humbled by all the support and recognition of our contribution in supporting opportunities between the UK and Pakistan. We are also overwhelmed with messages and congratulations from our clients and partners  from all over the globe. The support that we have received was absolutely staggering! It has come from almost every corner of the world – Kenya, Middle East, Brazil, Malaysia, Argentina, China, Canada, Pakistan, Norway, Uganda, India, USA, Angola, Sweden, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Philippines – I hope I have not forgotten to mention everyone. Thank you so very much.’

We have been a trusted legal advisor to businesses and individuals for over 47 years, and we take this award as another recognition of our work and dedication to our clients.

Hostile environment U-turn

International students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job, under new proposals announced by the Home Office.

The move reverses a decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that forced overseas students to leave four months after finishing a degree.

International students bring significant economic contributions to the UK economy and perhaps more importantly  directly to the local economy but since 2012 owing to the lack of a post-study work opportunities in the UK this meant that UK universities were at a  competitive disadvantage in attracting those students as compared to other countries, which afforded international students such a pathway into work following the completion of their studies.

The re-introduction of the Post Study Work migrant category for international students marks an important U-turn on one of the key provisions of the “hostile environment” policies introduced by the previous governments.

Perhaps next on the list may be the reintroduction of the Highly Skilled Migrant category? We shall wait and see.

If you have an inquiry on any immigration-related matters, please contact Hateem Ali directly on: 0207 82222 or

Saleem Sheikh on fatherhood, running the firm and more

There’s no manual for being a parent, and negotiating a balance between family life and achieving your dreams can be a challenge. We asked Saleem Sheikh, Senior Partner of GSC Solicitors LLP, and father of three, his advice on raising a family while intensely managing a successful City-based law firm.

GSC’s Senior Partner Saleem Sheikh’s feature in the Father’s Day issue of the Asian Wealth magazine – have a read here