Areas: Private Client & Trusts, Personal & Business Tax, International & Offshore, Business Crime & Regulatory, Tax Investigation & Disputes
Saleem’s private and corporate clients have business and personal interests spanning continents. For years – and in many cases decades – they have relied on his expertise in international and offshore tax, arbitration and dispute resolution to protect their interests. Yet Saleem’s support for his clients stretches much, much further.
“I am holistic in the advice I provide,” Saleem explains. “I give my clients reassurance. I take their problem, make it my own and find a solution. That may involve my own areas of legal expertise or I may need to draw on the skills of the wider firm, bringing in our corporate, real estate or family law teams – but I can put in place the services my clients need to resolve the issues they face.”
Lawyer and trusted advisor
For Saleem, his work stretches far beyond the traditional lawyer/client relationship. “You can’t see a client as a ‘case’, a ‘legal problem’ or a ‘fee’,” he emphasises. “I commit myself to my clients in a real and significant way. They hand over something complicated – a dispute, an inter-generational family issue, a business that is facing difficulties – and they trust me to make a difference. I’m their layer. But I’m also a trusted advisor.”
“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.”
After 40 years in law, this is what drives Saleem. He retains a passion for finding answers, connections and opportunities. He is the embodiment of GSC’s ‘law for life’ ethos. “We all go through good times and bad,” he says. “I find helping someone though a crisis – people who don’t know their rights, don’t know the processes, don’t know how to enforce those rights or achieve the outcome they want – extremely rewarding.”
For these reasons and many more, clients trust Saleem. Many have been trusting him for so long he’s now representing their children too. “I think my clients feel I’m sincere and that they can talk to me in complete confidence,” he says, “and they know I won’t simply hand them on. When I refer a client to someone I know can help them, I’ll stay connected to ensure the issues they are facing are resolved.”
Good lawyers. Good people
Saleem has been captaining GSC since 2001 and his mission remains as it always was: “We work to be a first class law firm for the 21st century, staffed not just by good lawyers but by good people. We want to remain independent because our clients value that about us and because our culture and identity is important to us. And I want to bring out the best in our people.”
“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 calibre of his knowledge and expertise that he possesses in various fields.”
Qualifications & Experience
Saleem trained with GSC, became a partner in 1985, Managing Partner in 1990 and Senior Partner in 2001.
He graduated from the London School of Economics (LLB) in 1980 and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He is a member of the Law Society, the International Bar Association and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a former member of the SRA Adjudication Panel.
Saleem has also been admitted as an Advocate in Pakistan.
Saleem is fluent in several languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Kiswahili, Kachhi, Hindi and Gujarati.
Accolades, Achievements & Philanthropy
Saleem is a member of the Board of Advisors for Pine Global, holds numerous non-executive directorships and is an advisor to several charities including a start-up incubator supporting the business leaders of the future in Pakistan.
He has been recognised in the CityWealth Leaders List for his wealth management pedigree. Saleem was Magic Circle Awards ‘Entrepreneurial Individual of the Year’, and is a 100 Power Muslim.
"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. Over the years, Saleem has represented me and my companies in commercial and residential real estate transactions both acquisitions and disposals. He has also represented us on various occasions with raising finance and dealing with financial institutions. He has also assisted us in resolving commercial disputes and disagreements and has achieved satisfactory resolutions in privately held companies. Saleem has also assisted me and my family in setting up offshore trust and offshore companies, estate planning and in a matter of family succession plans."
“Saleem Sheikh is an accomplished legal practitioner. Being experienced and knowledgeable, Saleem offers pragmatic solutions to complex problems. He is approachable and responsive at all times and has especially earned our respect due to his ‘partnership with the client approach’ to providing external legal assistance and advice.”
“I have known Saleem Sheikh of GSC Solicitors for many years and would certainly recommend both him and his firm. He has acted for me personally and for my group, the Soul Foods Group. Some of these transactions have been complex and have always been completed on time and very professionally.”
“I have known and worked with Saleem and GSC for over 15 years and would have no hesitation in recommending GSC to any client. In my experience Saleem is a pleasure to work with, he is accessible be it by phone or in person, he is extremely knowledgeable and he supported by an excellent team who appear to be very loyal to the firm and Saleem.”
“Saleem is exceedingly professional in his conduct with clients, he is also diligent, kind and focused on obtaining creative solutions to business problems. I would not hesitate to recommend Saleem for future work. He and his team are dedicated to high quality work, it is clear that Saleem is a great leader and an inspiration to all of his staff.”
"Had a fantastic experience with Saleem and the firm. Would recommend them highly!"
"For 15 years I had the extreme pleasure of dealing with Mr. Saleem Sheikh for whom I have the ultimate respect. This is based on Mr. Sheikh’s knowledge of different areas of law, his excellent and perceptive advice, his entirely professional style and absolute integrity. I consider myself fortunate to have benefited on many occasions from the first class service provided by Mr. Saleem Sheikh and his law firm."
"We’ve used GSC and Saleem on numerous deals. We have found his professionalism and service invaluable. Huge skill sets in all areas of property and taxation. Top notch legal firm that’s well led."
"I have known Saleem for over five years when he helped my company in respect of restructuring, trust advice, family probate and Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney. Over the years I have been very happy and satisfied with Saleem’s services and with the depth of his knowledge and client understanding in different types of legal fields. 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."
"Saleem is very practical in his approach to issues to be resolved and his analytical skills help the advice he offers. His practical approach supported by the wealth of experience is an asset for clients."
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