Usman Tariq

Year of Call: 2011

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He is extremely bright, very sharp and very personable. He is a star of the future.

Chambers & Partners

He is extremely bright, very sharp and very personable. He is a star of the future.” (Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

He has an excellent legal mind and is very good at finding arguments, but he’s also very good with clients”. (Chambers 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

He is very user-friendly, up to speed with everything, and he’s got a real understanding of the area of law”. (Chambers 2018, Intellectual Property)

He has considerable experience on his feet”. (Legal 500 2017, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Media).

“Tariq undertakes more IP activities than any other junior; solicitors profess themselves to be dazzled by his opinion work”. (World Trademark Review 1000 2018)

Usman Tariq is an Advocate specialising in commercial and public law. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge. He is appointed as a Standing Junior counsel to the UK Government. He was awarded the title of “Advocate of the Year” at the Law Awards of Scotland 2017.

Usman has appeared at all levels of the Scottish court system, including the UK Supreme Court. He is regularly engaged in the Court of Session (both Outer House and Inner House) and frequently appears in its Commercial Court.

Since calling to the Bar, he has been instructed in litigation and advisory work across the commercial spectrum. His expertise includes contractual disputes, intellectual property, insolvency, company law, banking disputes, property law and professional negligence. Chambers 2018 describes him as a “well-regarded junior with broad experience across a range of high-value commercial and contractual disputes” who “elicits praise for his strong work ethic and approachable style during cases”. He regularly appears on behalf of the Advocate General for Scotland in judicial reviews in the Court of Session.

A significant area of his practice is intellectual property disputes. The Legal 500 (2017) ranks him as a top tier leading junior counsel for IP, IT and Media disputes at the Scottish Bar. He is also ranked as a leading junior counsel for IP disputes in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2018. Chambers describes him as a “junior counsel with a highly active IP practice, who demonstrates acumen in such areas as design rights, trade mark disputes and passing off matters” and who “impresses with his role in high-profile IP matters”. He acts on behalf of PPL and PRS, the bodies responsible for the licensing of music in the UK, and Sky PLC in their IP enforcement work in the Court of Session. He has gained substantial experience in interim interdicts, breach of interdicts and contempt of Court hearings as a result. He acted for the successful respondent in the first substantive appeal under the Trade Marks Act 1994 from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the Court of Session in CCHG Ltd t/a Vaporized v Vapouriz Ltd. He is one of the few Scottish counsel who has experience of conducting proceedings in the UK Intellectual Property Office. An example of his work before the UK Intellectual Property Office is the case of Robert Wilson v Enviromax Ltd in which he acted for the successful defender in entitlement proceedings in relation to a patent. He is particularly interested in cases involving IT and acted for the successful defenders and respondents in Worbey v Campbell, a dispute over ownership of apps.

A substantial proportion of his work relates to personal and corporate insolvencies. He has acted for liquidators, administrators, judicial factors, trustees and those subject to insolvency proceedings. He represented the successful appellant before the UK Supreme Court in the case of the Henderson (Liquidator of Letham Grange Development Co Ltd) v Foxworth. He acted for the successful liquidator in Paton (Liquidator of Ricky (Martin) Racing Ltd) v Martin which was a rare action brought against a company’s directors for wrongful trading. He is currently instructed for the Liquidator of Heather Capital Ltd, a hedge fund with investments exceeding $400 million before its collapse, in high-profile and complex actions against law firms who are alleged to have acted on its behalf in transactions where funds were diverted as part of a wider fraudulent scheme.

Usman is the founder of the Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association (SEMLA) which is the first group focusing on the mentoring, networking and support of ethnic minority lawyers in Scotland. SEMLA is jointly supported by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. He is on the Scotland leadership group of Mosaic Network which is a mentoring initiative for disadvantaged young people founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. He has also mentored Diploma students at the University of Glasgow for the past 5 years.

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