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Usman has a broad commercial and modern chancery practice with a particular focus on company and insolvency law, civil fraud and asset tracing, banking/financial services and offshore litigation.
Usman was admitted as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2021.
His current and recent work includes:
While the majority of Usman’s work sees him acting as a junior in weighty commercial litigation, Usman has considerable unled advocacy experience and has conducted trials in the High Court (Chancery Division and London Circuit Commercial Court) as sole counsel. Usman is also familiar with appellate proceedings and has succeeded, as sole counsel, in appeals in the County Court. Usman has also been led in the Court of Appeal on three occasions and is currently instructed in an appeal before the Supreme Court.
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.
Usman has experience of assisting with some of the largest and most complex civil fraud matters before the English courts, including the long-running JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. He has worked on applications for interim relief, including freezing injunctions, search orders and Norwich Pharmacal orders. He is familiar with both the urgency and the particular sensitivities required by such applications.
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Usman has a broad range of experience in both contentious and advisory work in the areas of company and partnership law. He has worked on matters relating to public and private companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, LLPs, unregistered and overseas companies and unincorporated associations.
On the contentious side, his experience includes:
On the advisory side, his experience includes assisting in the preparation and delivery of advice given to:
Usman has considerable experience of advising on the drafting and construction of company articles, joint venture agreements, investment agreements and partnership deeds. He is often instructed to draft board minutes and written resolutions to support private company transactions, such as own-share buy backs.
Usman has also been instructed to advise on company law matters under the law of the BVI and the Cayman Islands (see the Offshore & International tab below).
Usman has considerable experience of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring work.
Usman regularly appears in the Chancery Division (Insolvency and Companies List) in relation to corporate insolvency matters.
He has experience of challenging antecedent transactions and acts for both office-holders and respondents to such applications. He also has experience of a variety of other Companies Act and Insolvency Act applications including, by way of example, those relating to administration orders and officer-holder remuneration.
Usman has experience of assisting with corporate restructuring matters, including:
Usman has also been instructed to advise on corporate restructuring matters under BVI law (see the Offshore & International tab below).
Usman has experience of assisting with directors’ disqualification proceedings.
Most recently, Usman appeared as sole counsel at the trial of a disqualification claim in The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Tarquin Charles Spencer Barnsby  EWHC 971 (Ch).
Usman has also been instructed to advise on applications seeking permission to act as a director notwithstanding disqualification, and has also succeeded in an application to vary restrictions (not contested after issue).
Usman was admitted as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2021. He he also been instructed in relation to proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
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Real Assets (RA) Global Opportunity Fund I Limited (Chia Hsing Wang v Floreat Real Estate Limited) (BVI)
Usman acted for the Joint Provisional Liquidators of a BVI investment fund, representing the Joint Provisional Liquidators in proceedings challenging their appointment, led by Ben Valentin QC of Fountain Court Chambers. Usman also appeared as sole counsel at interlocutory hearings including, on occasion, appearing unled against QCs. Usman advised extensively on Fund constitutional documents and proposed inta-Fund transactions.
Principal Investing Fund I Limited, Long View II Limited, Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited (Cayman Islands)
Usman acted for the Joint Provisional Liquidators in proceedings challenging their appointment over three Cayman Islands investment funds. The challenge was recently dismissed.
Sian Participation Corp (In Liquidation) (BVI)
Usman acted for the Joint Liquidators of an intermediate holding company which indirectly owns a large stake in a strategically significant commercial port in Russia.
Usman represented the Joint Liquidators in proceedings concerning their conduct of litigation involving the company and an application for the appointment of conflict liquidators, led by David Allison QC of South Square Chambers.
Federal Republic of Nigeria v (1) Tibit Limited and (2) Justin Ickonga (BVI)
Usman assisted with an appeal being pursued to the BVI Court of Appeal by the Federal Republic of Nigeria seeking to reverse a first instance refusal to enter default judgment against a non-participating defendant.
In addition to the above examples, Usman’s experience includes:
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Usman has experience of a broad range of commercial disputes across a number of industry sectors, including telecoms, franchising and banking/financial services. He has been instructed in relation to commercial trials in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division. Usman also has experience of advising on and attending mediations in commercial disputes, both as a junior and as sole counsel.
Examples of Usman’s experience can be seen in the tabs above.
Usman is frequently instructed in professional liability matters concerning claims involving a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, insolvency practitioners, accountants, auditors and financial advisers (including tax and pensions advisers).
Usman’s professional liability practice sees him acting for claimants and defendants in roughly equal measure. Usman also benefits from considerable unled trial experience in this area. Earlier in his practice, Usman conducted a number of trials in the County Court as sole counsel in which he represented claimants seeking damages for negligent conveyancing.
In view of his Chancery practice, Usman has a particular interest in claims alleging breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty and claims seeking restitution, gain-based remedies or proprietary relief.
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