Sana Sheikh

Sana Sheikh holds an MA in Law from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. She completed the Accelerated Legal Practice Course at BPP in London with Distinction. She trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, spending six months in Dubai, U.A.E on secondment. Sana qualified as a solicitor in September 2015 and joined GSC in April 2016 to specialise in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

Sana advises on a wide variety of disputes, many with an international element, and some of her recent cases include:

  • a family trust dispute between settlor and beneficiaries, which involved the laws of Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Uganda and the Seychelles;
  • an international arbitration seated in London concerning the export of goods to a country in East Africa; and
  • a recovery of substantial losses suffered by a Claimant under principles of Georgian law against a financial institution based in Georgia.

Sana has authored a number of articles on trademark law which have been published in journals such as the World Trademark Review and World Intellectual Property Report. She speaks a several languages including French, Punjabi and Urdu.

Robert Steel

Robert has got over twenty three years’ experience in advising accountants, solicitors, banks and Independent Financial Advisers on taxation in both the UK and overseas in relation to tax planning and tax problems.

Has a network of International qualified Tax professionals and relevant experts in countries throughout the world. Any jurisdictional advice is incorporated into the overall recommendation and ratified by local specialists.

Robert is a former Co-Coordinator for The Chartered Institute of Taxation for the North of England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man; and a former Chairman and Treasurer of the Leeds Branch of The Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Given award by CIOT for outstanding service and advice in May 2013. Member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, since 1993

Alla Stepanyants

Alla attended Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO University) (LLB 2013 and LLM 2015).

Alla holds an LLM from The City Law School, City, University of London 2016 and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2017 and Legal Practice Course in 2018.

She interned for PWC LLP UK and worked as a paralegal for Most Law Offices before joining GSC as a trainee solicitor in November 2018.
Alla speaks fluent Russian and has a good command of French and Spanish.

Zhanna Sutton

Zhanna is an experienced senior marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the professional services industry for over 25 years.

She is responsible for the overall marketing strategy of the firm as well as multi-channel marketing campaigns and diverse marketing programmes.

Zhanna is a very hands-on marketer who develops, delivers and manages all marketing & business development projects across the firm.

With corporate background, Zhanna’s professional career started with working for BP with further move to the legal and accountancy sectors.

Zhanna holds BA Hon degree in Linguistics (Kazakh State University of World Languages), BA Hon Petroleum Engineering (Cambridge University) and Master’s degree in Marketing (Kingston University).
Zhanna is native in Russian and Kazakh.

Ross Waldram

Ross is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Media Department where he works on a range of matters encompassing copyright, trademarks and passing off. As well as contentious work in the courts and tribunals, he also advises clients on non-contentious matters, registrations, licensing and assignments.

Having joined the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in 2007, he has experience across a range of departments at GSC and also regularly assists the Employment and Corporate departments. Ross qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

David Whitlock

David is a Corporate Finance Banker with over 35 years’ experience in the City of London.
A career Banker with Nat West/Royal Bank of Scotland and for 10 years a Managing Director in the UK Corporate Banking division.
Post the Bank, David has been Business Development Director at the City Law Firm Stephenson Harwood and a Director at Accountancy Practice RSM (Baker Tilly).
David’s contacts across the Corporate/Commercial world are far reaching and an asset to our Clients, particularly in relation to Banking relationships and fund raising whether Debt or Equity.

Carey Xu

Carey Jialing Xu read Economics at Southampton University (BA Hons) where she gained first class honours degree before completing a master’s degree in Economics at London School of Economics and her law conversion courses at the University of Law (GDL and LPC).

Carey attended vacation schemes at Mills & Reeve LLP and Taylor Vinters LLP both in summer 2017 and worked as a paralegal at Mishcon De Reya before joining GSC in November 2017.

Carey is native speaking in Mandarin and Shanghainess (Shanghai Dialect) and has a good command of Cantonese.