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 instructions include:
- Acting as junior counsel in a civil fraud claim worth US$60m+ (led by Tim Akkouh of Essex Court Chambers);
- Assisting in the investigation of a substantial multi-jurisdictional fraud claim (instructed by Signature Litigation);
- Appearing in the Court of Appeal in Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd (led by Morayo Fagborun Bennett; instructed by Gateley Plc);
- Defending an unfair prejudice petition in the High Court (sole counsel);
- Advising a foreign bank on the scope of its Quincecare duties under English law (junior counsel in a multi-counsel team);
- Appearing (successfully) in three contested 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).
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.