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 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.

Michael’s excellent legal knowledge, guidance and professionalism enabled a successful defence. He is a straight talker, getting to the heart of the issues quickly. Tactically astute with excellent negotiation skills. I would highly recommend Michael in any Commercial litigation.

Michael Shapiro is concise in his advice and adopts a pragmatic approach to challenges delivering realistic and enterprising solutions which produce results.

Michael is our first call whenever we need any legal advice. Straight talking, commercial astute, knowledgeable and honest, he has consistently produced results that result in better outcomes for my business. I am pleased to call him our lawyer and partner.

I have known Michael for 15 years, he is dynamic in his approach to the various problems we have put his way. He gets to the heart of the problem quickly and provides a very workable solution. His litigation skills are excellent and forceful with the other party. I very much like him on my side.

Michael Shapiro is an experienced litigator who has a very calm and collected approach to his job. He is never phased by the other side, and has an excellent manner with even the most difficult clients.

Hateem Ali

Hateem specialises in both corporate and personal immigration matters. He advises clients on all areas of UK immigration and provides strategic advice to business on their immigration and compliance needs. Hateem acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, law, media, media, technology and engineering, with clients ranging from start-ups to more established well-known businesses.

Hateem also has extensive experience in advising investors, entrepreneurs and other high net worth clients. Hateem has considerable experience across all immigration routes, which allows him to offer practical solutions to seemingly complex immigration problems.

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

Hateem attended Kingston University (LLB) and The School of Oriental and African Studies (LLM). He qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

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.

Millie Balkan

Millie joined GSC in April 2018 as Compliance Manager and manages all aspects of risk including Lexcel, SRA, AML, complaints, GDPR, HR, learning and development, and insurances. Millie holds a law degree from Swansea University and is currently completing the Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law and Business as well as the ICA International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering.

She has worked as a paralegal and in compliance at Mishcon de Reya and as a new business advisor at Linklaters as well as being an elected local councillor between 2014 – 2018.

James Cohen

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.

Richard Curtin

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.