Saleem Sheikh

Saleem specialises in international and offshore tax, arbitration and dispute resolution. He advises private individuals and corporate clients whose business and personal interests are international in nature.

Saleem trained with the firm, became a partner in 1985 and was appointed  Managing Partner in 1990 and Senior Partner in 2001.

He attended the London School of Economics (LLB) 1980 and the College of Law qualifying as a solicitor in 1983. Saleem is fluent in several languages (including Urdu, Punjabi, Kiswahili, Kachhi, Hindi and Gujerati).

He is a member of the International Bar Association and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Saleem is recognised in the CityWealth Leaders List as being a prominent figure advising on wealth management.  His CityWealth profile can be found here.

Saleem is also the winner of ‘Entrepreneurial Individual of the Year’ in the Magic Circle Awards 2017, one of the many recognitions of his achievements.

Saleem is on the list of 100 Power Muslim that comprises of people who have the influence, hold significant power and who have achieved excellence within their sector.

I have known Saleem for over 5 years. His diligence and efficiency as well as attention and care that we felt from day one, were second to none. I would highly recommend Saleem and his team to any business or family.

I have known Mr. Saleem Sheikh since 1985 when I first met him in London. Over the last 32 years, I’ve been very happy and satisfied with his services and with the caliber of his knowledge and expertise that he possesses in various fields.

Harvey Posener

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.

Peter Belcher

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.

Clive Halperin

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.

Michael Shapiro FCILEx

Michael took an unconventional route to partnership with GSC. He joined the firm as an office junior in 1988 and quickly progressed to the role of outdoor clerk (so called because he, “Spent lots of time stood outdoors in the queue for the court when delivering documents”). Whilst there, he started reading some of the documents he was delivering and became fascinated by them.

GSC supported Michael in training to become a legal executive. He qualified in 1997, became an established member of GSC’s commercial litigation team, and in 2004 was appointed its head. Michael was made a partner in 2013 and completed an impressive career journey by becoming equity partner in 2017.

Michael’s clients value his honest, always direct approach and his ability to devise creative solutions. “I don’t make promises I can’t fulfil,” he says. “I think my clients appreciate that. They understand I’m being real. They also value the fact that I like to win.”

That drive has seen Michael win cases in the Court of Appeal, LVT (now FTT), Lands Tribunal (now STT) and the Supreme Court in the much publicised case of Daejan v Benson & Others.

“No one wants to litigate,” Michael notes, “and no client wants to litigate twice. But I treat every client relationship as long term, because whilst they (hopefully) won’t need litigation in the future, I want GSC to be their first choice for every legal need.”

Within GSC, Michael leads the Hearts & Minds programme, an initiative to support employee engagement, inclusion and wellbeing that gives GSC colleagues a place to bring any issues or concerns.

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.

 

Hateem Ali

Hateem advises clients on all areas of UK immigration and provides strategic advice to businesses on their immigration and compliance needs. He acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, law, media, technology and engineering, and has extensive experience advising investors, entrepreneurs and other high net worth clients.

Hateem’s experience across immigration routes not only enables him to offer practical solutions to seemingly complex immigration problems; it also enables him to find solutions where others have failed.

“Often our clients will have seen several lawyers about their case,” he explains. “We tend to be the last lawyers they see because we get it right – and the relationships we build last years.”

For Hateem, his work is not just rewarding; it’s personal. “I remember how important it was for my Dad when he received his indefinite leave to remain in the UK, when I was 19,” he recalls. “That feeling stuck with me and I remember thinking ‘this is an area of law worth being a part of’.

“For my clients, that makes a difference. I know what this feels like. I know the words they want to hear. I know the importance of these cases, not just to our clients but their families. I can’t give guarantees, but I can assure them that I’ll be with them throughout their journey to getting a British passport or visa.”

Hateem also knows that the journey doesn’t end with the passport or visa. “That’s why,” he says, “when we act for clients, we look to support them in a holistic fashion with a range of post-immigration assistance that includes financing, property, business relocation and more. We’re handling their immigration case, but I’m constantly thinking about the opportunities we can offer from a business perspective too.”

The additional assistance ensures GSC’s clients can not only settle in the UK, but thrive. “Our clients are successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople, but when they arrive in the UK they can’t rely on the networks they once did. We are who they turn to.”

As Head of the Middle East Desk, Hateem works to build connections and relationships with prospective clients in the Middle East and helps connect non-immigration-related UK interests with the appropriate GSC partner.

Qualifications & Experience

Hateem attended Kingston University (LLB) before obtaining his LLM in public international law at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

He is fluent in Arabic and has spoken at immigration conferences across the Middle East.

 

Khurram Arif

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.

Amanda Chapman

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.

 

James Cohen

James’s private client work has a broad remit incorporating the specialisms noted above. His expertise is particularly valued by our Indian and Pakistani clients who may have assets in multiple jurisdictions requiring a detailed understanding of the double tax treaties between the countries.

He is, as he puts it, “A little like a GP of the law. Whilst I will advise clients on the areas in which I specialise, I will also involve other departments in the firm when a client has broader needs.”

As James notes, there is a large project management element about his work. “Our clients rely on us to deal with their issues – and they are reassured by the fact that, whatever the situation, I can help them resolve it. But they also value the fact that we support them in a bespoke way – a way that suits their preferred way of working with us, as well as being responsive and meeting the client’s deadlines”.

James loves the fact that, in private client work, he “sits at the centre of the legal Venn diagram. I always wanted to do private client work because of its variety – I deal with every partner and department at GSC: property, corporate, IP, immigration, litigation.”

In addition to his private client work, James also manages GSC’s Immigration team.

Qualifications & Experience

James 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 2009 and joined GSC to specialise in international and private wealth. In 2015 James was appointed as a Partner.

Having completed the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma, James is also a qualified Trust and Estates Practitioner.

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.

Peter Cooper

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.