Areas: Real Estate Lawyers
The fields in which Carole specialises commercial /residential sales and purchases, landlord and tenant work and property finance – tend to be transaction driven. “We’re aiming to accurately document and refine what our clients have agreed,” Carole explains. But for the business owners, private investors, franchise operators, developers and residential clients who work with her, the relationship is often far deeper.
“Before any agreement is reached, we’ll advise our clients what they’re agreeing to and explore the potential pitfalls in taking a course of action,” she says. “We assess risk and ensure there’s nothing lurking that exposes them to cost later down the line. It’s so much easier if you sort these things in advance”.
“Our clients rely on us to consider the things they haven’t,” Carole continues. “In the aftermath of the pandemic, for example, the issue of rent reductions in the event of a similar future outbreak took on a newfound importance.”
Remaining alive to the real-world implications of a course of action is one of the reasons Carole’s clients work with her again and again, but there are many more. “I’m conscientious, I work hard, I’m dependable and I’m always available. My clients really value that.”
Carole’s calm, commercially-minded approach is hugely important in reaching sensible, pragmatic solutions in the shortest possible time – and at least cost. “I tend to get on well with the lawyers on the other side,” she says. “It’s not about scoring points. My job is to get results and it helps to build good working relationships that facilitate working to an end, as quickly as possible.
Carole loves what she does. “The weeks fly by. It’s very fulfilling and intellectually stimulating. I really like my colleagues and find it a privilege to mix with clever people and hear their views – and there’s plenty of opportunity to do that here.”
Outside of work, Carole enjoys the theatre, ballet, reading and eating out.
Qualifications & Experience
Carole qualified as a solicitor in 1994, working with Nabarro for 10 years before joining GSC in 2013. She was appointed partner in 2018.
A frequent ‘face of the firm’ Carole has been involved in numerous GSC Academy video presentations.
Legal 500: ‘Carole takes a practical and long-term approach, which means that timescales and costs are always under control’
Legal 500: ‘Carole Joseph and Peter Belcher balance sound and detailed legal advice with practical and pragmatic business sense. We couldn’t ask for more’
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‘A small firm which punches well above its weight’ GSC Solicitors LLP undertook leasing transactions for several blue-chip corporate tenants, particularly in the media sector. It acted for a number of hotel owners regarding the acquisition and development of new hotels.
“We have found the service excellent, and it is for this reason we have continued to use GSC. The key strengths for us have been a commercial approach to deals that is often missing from solicitors, and a personal service based on a knowledge of us and our needs and long-term plans.”
“The main positive comparison we have noted from GSC is the personal touch and commercial acumen.”
“We have often used different legal firms for IP and other work in the past, but GSC’s commercial approach and professionalism, coupled with the excellent working relationship we have built up over a number of years makes it our preferred choice.”
“As a Financial Advisor I have been personally using and recommending GSC for over thirty years. I have referred clients of mine to them and only ever been thanked for the recommendation, which should convey the confidence I have in the individuals, and the firm.”
“Great result today. Just wanted to say thank you for your continued hard work in fighting our corner on this case. You have both been amazing. Michael incredible support and good ideas.”
Legal 500: 'Carole Joseph takes a practical and long-term approach, which means that timescales and costs are always under control. Peter Belcher is very good at allocating the right team members to projects that play to their specific skills.’
Legal 500: 'Carole Joseph and Peter Belcher balance sound and detailed legal advice with practical and pragmatic business sense. We couldn’t ask for more.’
Legal 500: ‘Carole Joseph is the only person you need to know in London if you are buying or selling a property, especially if things drag on or change while the transaction is taking place.’
'I am very grateful for all that you did to see this through. You made the whole experience bearable and coped very well with all the unexpected vagaries'.
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