Legal 500’s Scottish Junior of the Year 2019Legal 500’s UK Awards 2019
“He has a very sharp mind and brings clarity to complex matters.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Usman continues to impress with his unrivalled knowledge of all issues of IP as well as his excellent manner with clients. He is universally respected at the Bar, including by opponents and the judiciary”; and “Now regarded as the leading all-round IP junior in Scotland. He has the ear of the court, and his in-depth level of preparation is awesome.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 (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”; and “Really experienced for his years; so knowledgeable and very approachable. He’s got the ear of the court and a quiet authority about him.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 (Information Technology)
“He is regularly instructed to act for administrators, liquidators and trustees, among other parties, in complex corporate and personal insolvency cases”; and “He is very user-friendly, great with clients and instils a high degree of confidence.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 (Restructuring / Insolvency)
“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)
“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 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”; and “a go-to advocate for intellectual property matters, with considerable experience in high-value cases.”
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 Counsel of the Year at the Scottish Bar at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019, as well as being shortlisted again in 2020. 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 recognised in the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. He is described in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2021 as being “universally respected at the Bar, including by opponents and the judiciary” and having “the ear of the court“.
He acts in cases across the commercial spectrum. He is described by Chambers & Partners as having “broad experience across a range of high-value commercial, insolvency, banking and contractual disputes”. He has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution as counsel in mediations and arbitrations. He has also been appointed as the arbitrator in commercial disputes. 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 ranked in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories as well as in the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals and the Legal Who’s Who (UK Bar) in this field. He is described by the Legal 500 as “The best all-round IP junior in Scotland”. Chambers & Partners notes that he is “now regarded as the leading all-round IP junior in Scotland” and that he “continues to impress with his unrivalled knowledge of all issues of IP as well as his excellent manner with clients.” 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 and the successful pursuer in the case of Reactec Limited v Curotec Team Limited, the first proof in the Court of Session for patent infringement and revocation in many years.
He also has a leading reputation for Information Technology disputes. He is ranked in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories for IT. He has the distinction of being the only junior counsel in Scotland recognised by Chambers & Partners for expertise in this field. Chambers & Partners 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. He has recently acted on behalf of Take-Two Interactive Inc. and Rockstar Games Inc. in proceedings relating to the “Grand Theft Auto V” video game and Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC and Naughty Dog LLC in proceedings relating to “The Last of Us Part II” video game.
He undertakes a significant amount of work in the field of personal and corporate insolvency. He is recognised in Chambers & Partners UK Bar directory for Restructuring / Insolvency work. Chambers & Partners notes that “he is regularly instructed to act for administrators, liquidators and trustees, among other parties, in complex corporate and personal insolvency cases”. 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 concerning an alleged gratuitous alienation. He acted for the successful liquidator in Paton (Liquidator of Ricky (Martin) Racing Ltd) v Martin which was an 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 alleged 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 2021.
He co-founded the Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association (SEMLA). SEMLA aims to improve ethnic diversity in the legal profession in Scotland. The group is supported by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. SEMLA has collaborated with some of the largest law firms and organisations across the UK on events and work placements for law students from ethnic minority backgrounds.
He is also on the Scotland leadership group of Mosaic Network which is a mentoring initiative for disadvantaged young people from ethnic minority backgrounds which was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and now sits within the Prince’s Trust.
He called to the Bar as the Faculty’s Lord Reid scholar for 2010/2011. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the University of 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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