Areas: Intellectual Property
“I deal with copyright infringement,” Mohammed explains. “Usually that’s music being played at certain venues without the appropriate licence. One of the things I enjoy most is that, even though it’s a high-volume caseload, each case is somewhat different. There are situations unique to every case and unique challenges to overcome.”
Mohammed is enjoying the balance in his work that he has found at GSC. “There’s a beautiful mix of being a fee earner and having autonomy over my own caseload. At the same time I’m working with people like Justin [Goldspink] and Ross [Waldram], who are guiding and mentoring me, so I’m getting a lot of exposure in this field and it’s paying dividends in terms of what I’m learning and what I’m able to bring to the firm.”
Building enduring relationships
GSC’s client-centric approach is one that echoes Mohammed’s own. “In IP litigation, for example, when we take a case forward, we don’t just think about the legal aspect,” he says. “We think about the commercial viability and the public importance. We explore the detail of all the implications for the client not only in pursuing a course of action, but in not pursuing it.
“GSC thinks long term. They look beyond the end of the current case, perhaps five, ten, twenty years down the line. They want to build relationships that endure. So do I.”
“When I was first interviewed for the role at GSC, one of the key features that stood out to me was the longevity of its people. I now see why people stay,” says Mohammed.
“GSC is an environment where the people around you are considerate and understanding and there’s mutual respect. I guess when you enjoy coming to your job, it becomes less of a job.”
Qualifications & Experience
After graduating from City University, London, Mohammed completed an internship in residential property law, and then spent 18 months working in debt recovery litigation with Hamlins LLP.
Eager to complete his SQE (the pathway to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales) Mohammed wanted to expand his real-world experience. As he notes, intellectual property was something he found intriguing, which led to him joining GSC Solicitors LLP.
Outside of the law, Mohammed has a clear view of what makes for time well spent: “For me, it’s less a case of what I like to do and more about who I like to do it with. I’m a big fan of spontaneous activities, but it’s the people around me that make a good time.”
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“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.”
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