Usman has a broad commercial and modern chancery practice with a particular focus on company and insolvency law, banking and financial services, civil fraud and asset tracing.
His current and recent work includes:
- Appearing in the High Court for a director defending disqualification proceedings (sole counsel);
- Obtaining mandatory injunctive relief restoring a director to office pending the trial of an unfair prejudice Petition (led by Paul Strelitz of Gatehouse Chambers);
- Acting for the Claimant in a substantial conspiracy claim (led by Justin Fenwick QC and Tim Chelmick);
- Acting for the Claimant in a civil fraud claim worth US$60m+ (led by Tim Akkouh of Essex Court Chambers);
- Appearing in the Court of Appeal in Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd  EWCA Civ 1521 (led by Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Gatehouse Chambers; pending application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court);
- Appearing successfully in three interlocutory applications in the Chancery Division in a £13m fraud claim (sole counsel at the interlocutory stage); and
- Advising on various office-holder claims arising out of a BVI insolvency (junior counsel in a multi-counsel team).
Usman has appeared in the High Court and before arbitral tribunals on multiple occasions in his own right and has been led in the Court of Appeal.
Prior to pupillage, Usman taught property and trusts law as a Visiting Lecturer and Examiner at King’s College London and spent a year working in the Professional Indemnity Department at Linklaters.