Legal 500’s Scottish Junior of the Year 2019Legal 500’s UK Awards 2019
“Consistently impressive in commercial disputes. He has a formidable intellect and knowledge of the law, and his easy-going and relaxed personality plays equally well with clients and with the court”; and “He’s a standout performer: he’s good on his feet, he’s good in his writing and he’s very good to deal with on a personal level.” Chambers & Partners 2020 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“He is brilliantly knowledgeable, utterly user-friendly and has the ear of the court.” Chambers & Partners 2020 (Intellectual Property)
“Garners critical acclaim in the market for his abilities in a host of cases including those involving the IP rights in apps, games and business systems.” Chambers & Partners 2020 (Information Technology)
“His advice and knowledge is consistently of the highest standard.” Legal 500 2020 (Commercial Litigation)
“The best all-round IP junior in Scotland.” Legal 500 2020 (Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Media)
“He is considered a rising star by solicitors and advocates alike.” Legal 500’s Junior of the Year Legal 2019 (Legal 500 UK Awards 2019)
“He is extremely bright, very sharp and very personable. He is a star of the future.” Chambers & Partners 2018 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“He is a shrewd and agile performer in the courtroom and is well-equipped to tackle cases raising novel issues”; and “Tariq undertakes more IP activities than any other junior; solicitors profess themselves to be dazzled by his opinion work.” World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
“An excellent negotiator.” Legal Who’s Who (UK Bar)
Usman Tariq has extensive experience of high-value and complex commercial disputes. His core areas of practice include contractual, intellectual property, insolvency, banking, company and professional negligence disputes. He also specialises in administrative and public law, including judicial reviews. He is appointed as a Standing Junior counsel to the UK Government. He has appeared at all levels of the Scottish court system, including the UK Supreme Court.
He was recognised as Advocate of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2017 and the Legal 500’s Junior of the Year 2019 in Scotland. He is ranked as a leading junior counsel in multiple practice areas in the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 UK Bar directories as well as being named in the Legal Who’s Who (UK Bar) and World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. He is described in the Legal 500 as “The best all-round IP junior in Scotland” and has the distinction of being the only junior counsel in Scotland recognised by Chambers & Partners for expertise in Information Technology.
He acts in cases across the commercial spectrum. He is described in Chambers & Partners as having “broad experience across a range of high-value commercial, insolvency, banking and contractual disputes”. He is often instructed for advisory work, in mediations or arbitrations, or in litigation in the Court of Session. He is ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories for commercial dispute resolution. Chambers notes that he is a “standout performer” who is “consistently impressive in commercial disputes”. The Legal 500 notes that “his advice and knowledge is consistently of the highest standard” in commercial disputes.
He has developed a market-leading reputation for intellectual property disputes. He is recognised in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories as well as the Legal Who’s Who (UK Bar) and World Trademark Review 1000 for his expertise in this area. He is described by the Legal 500 as “The best all-round IP junior in Scotland” and by the World Trademark Review 1000 as undertaking “more IP activities than any other junior” in Scotland. He has experience of conducting proceedings in the UK Intellectual Property Office. Notable cases include acting 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 also has a strong reputation for Information Technology disputes. He is recognised in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories for his expertise in this area. He has the distinction of being the only junior counsel in Scotland, and one of only two counsel across the entire Scottish Bar, recognised by Chambers for their expertise in Information Technology. Chambers notes that he “garners critical acclaim in the market for his abilities in a host of cases including those involving the IP rights in apps, games and business systems.” Notable cases include acting for the successful defenders and respondents in Worbey v Campbell, a dispute over ownership of dating apps, and on behalf of Take-Two Interactive Inc. and Rockstar Games Inc. in proceedings in relation to the Grand Theft Auto V video game.
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 was instructed for the Liquidator of Heather Capital Ltd, a hedge fund with investments exceeding $400 million before its collapse, in several actions arising from the fraudulent diversion of investor funds to third parties.
He is the Contributing Editor of the “Banking, Money and Commercial Paper” title of The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the laws of Scotland. The new title is due for publication in 2020.
Usman is the founder of the Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association (SEMLA), a group which aims to improve ethnic diversity in the legal profession in Scotland. SEMLA is supported by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates and has collaborated with some of the largest law firms and organisations across the UK.
He is also 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 called to the Bar as the Faculty’s Lord Reid scholar for 2010/2011. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge.
- Administrative & Public Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Banking, Finance and Pensions
- Civil Liberties, Human Rights and EU Law
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Competition, Procurement and Regulation
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
- Media and Information Law
- Professional Liability
- Public Inquiries, FAIs and Tribunals
- Real Estate Litigation
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