“The main positive comparison we have noted from GSC is the personal touch and commercial acumen.”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. Justin qualified as a solicitor in 1996. 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.
Frederika joined GSC in February 2015 and is currently an Associate Solicitor in the Real Estate team. She assists throughout all stages of residential and commercial property transactions.
Frederika attended the Bournemouth Business School International (Diploma in Legal Studies) with distinction, before completing the course at the Queen Mary University of London (LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law).
She trained as an intern at Tucker’s Solicitors in London with a focus on Criminal Law as well as other additional practices.
Frederika speaks fluent Slovak and Czech and has a good command of German.
Carole specialises in all aspects of commercial and residential property transactions, including secured lending, with particular emphasis on acquisitions and disposals, leases and acting for corporate occupiers from various sectors. Carole acts for a range of clients including property companies, both landlords and tenants and high net worth individuals.
Qualification & Experience
Carole qualified as a solicitor in 1994. She joined GSC in 2013 having been a solicitor at Nabarro for 10 years and Halliwells for two years during her career.
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”.
Victoria completed a BA in English and Law at the University of Strathclyde before moving abroad to study and work in Spain and Italy between 2011 and 2014 where she learned to speak Spanish.
After returning to the UK to complete an LLB, Victoria graduated with the highest award in Scots and English Law in 2017. During her undergraduate degree, Victoria also achieved the highest award for the Law of Contract and won the Silken Thomas Moot before Mr Justice McMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland in 2016. Victoria moved to London to begin post graduate studies at the University of Law in 2018.
Victoria worked as a team administrator at Pinsent Masons in the litigation department in Glasgow and as a paralegal in the specialist IP firm EIP Legal before joining the IP Litigation department at GSC in July 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wide Variety of Disputes
Barry deals with a wide variety of disputes (many with an international element) and some of his recent cases at GSC include:
– a shareholders’ dispute involving a deadlock company in which one of the two shareholders sought permission to bring a derivative action;
– successfully resisting with indemnity costs an attempt by a Russian businessman to obtain an anti-suit injunction in England to restrain proceedings in the New York Court. The case also involves a Jersey law element;
– a franchise dispute regarding the marketing in America and Canada goods carrying the Gordon Ramsay branding;
– a dispute regarding the sale a property owned by an elderly and frail gentleman at a significant undervalue involving breach of the estate agents’ duty and challenges to the bona fides of the purchaser;
– seeking injunctive relief regarding the interference with property rights at an industrial site in Park Royal.