Alesdair, now a director, was one of the founding partners of Usmani King. With over twenty years of post qualification experience he now concentrates upon heavy weight crime and private motoring instructions. Having been called to the Bar in 1991 he moved to the Crown prosecution Service for four years and then went to Pictons Solicitors where he practised as a solicitor until leaving to set up Usmani king with Furrukh. He is a Higher Courts advocate and divides his time between heavy weight crime and private client work. His recent cases include a number of murders and an eight million pound tax fraud where he was led, class A drug conspiracy where he was leading counsel, rapes, S18s, fraud and historic abuse where he has been the instructed advocate. He appears regularly at the Court of Appeal. His private client motoring practice has spread by word of mouth and he covers a wide geographical area on behalf of clients whose driving licences are essential to them. He has also developed something of a niche practice in the area of taxi and driver licensing.
Wasif Ahmed joined Usmani King in 2015 and is a police station accredited representative and also a qualified Court duty solicitor. Having completed his degree at the University of Westminster he continued to JD Spicer to complete his training contract, where he also dealt with personal injury and immigration cases.
Since joining Usmani King he has proved to be a most valuable asset to the team especially in the police station department where he has dealt with all sorts of offences from Murders through to terrorism and Conspiracies through to burglaries. He passionately believes that each individual regardless of their circumstances is entitled to bold and unrivalled representation at the police station where cases can be won or lost. Wasif also assists in the Magistrates Court dealing with a variety of matters.
Furrukh Usmani is one of the founding directors at Usmani King and a most passionate and charismatic criminal lawyer. As an Advocate with Higher Rights he has an unparalleled experience of Serious and General Crime.
With over twenty years experience in Criminal Law Furrukh has dealt with many high-profile cases including defending murders and very high value and complex fraud cases. His practice has been built on his keen desire to ensure that his clients are robustly represented and such has a very loyal following.
Furrukh has acted in a wide variety of serious criminal matters including cases involving Murder, Terrorism, Robbery, Kidnapping, Firearms, People Trafficking, Supply and Importation of controlled drugs, VAT and Tax Evasion, Money Laundering and Fraud.
Furrukh manages the Luton Magistrates Department and has earnt himself a well deserved reputation amongst his peers and clients of an advocate who will fight for his clients robustly and passionately to ensure that justice is achieved. This has resulted in him being one of the most sought after practitioners in his field.
Jas Toor qualified in 2001 after studying at the renowned Nottingham Law School and completing her training at the large regional firm Smith Dawson Solicitors. She has been a dedicated criminal practitioner ever since and a Director at Usmani King since 2011. Jas is a Higher Rights Advocate and has built a large following of her own clients in Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire managing the Milton Keynes Team.
Jas has a diverse practice and has had notable success in dealing with high profile cases including gang murders, grooming cases and sexual allegations against persons in trusted positions. Jas is very passionate in ensuring that the law is accessible to all and in particular the vulnerable in society. She has a great deal of experience in dealing with the mentally ill and specifically those suffering with autism.
Jas’s practice has extended to defending those in the Armed Forces and in particular the Royal Air Force. This has led her to travel to Europe on many occasions to represent those arrested and has involved some very serious allegations from rapes to assaults, frauds to very high security breaches. Jas has also prosecuted for the Post Office and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Natalie Goffe joined Usmani King Solicitors in 2012 and quickly established herself as a very valuable asset to the firm. Natalie qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has higher rights of audience in both civil and criminal proceedings. She has previously prosecuted cases on behalf of the Department of Work & Pensions and the Child Support Agency thus being very well equipped in defending cases of this nature.
She is a keen trial advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court though spends the majority of her time now conducting Crown Court trials including fraud, sexual assaults and serious violence. She has also successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal and is a vital member of the Crown Court team. Natalie’s calm, positive nature and ability to think out of the box leads her to be a very popular member of the Usmani King team with clients and peers.
R v Kennedy – Possession of a Firearm. DNA found on the firearm, denied knowledge of the firearm and expert evidence presented to deal with secondary transfer. Acquitted.
R v Singh – kidnap, false imprisonment, sexual assault and assault by beating. Alleged that he dragged the complainant into a car, drove to an address and sexually assaulted her. Def denied seeing the IP on the day of the alleged incident. Acquitted.
Timothy Gascoyne joined Usmani King in 2016 and is strongly motivated to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
He is a qualified Court duty solicitor and police station accredited representative. Having completed his degree at University of Leeds in 1979, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1983, Timothy’s experience in Magistrates’ Courts acting for clients and prosecuting authorities led to him setting up his own criminal defence practice in Birmingham in 1991.
He has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and is a most valuable asset to the team. He undertook the Questioning Vulnerable Witness course in 2018, and gained his Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) certificate in 2019, qualifying him to practise in the Crown Court.
Sonia Stean qualified as a solicitor in 2008 at a large regional law firm and joined Usmani King in 2013. Since qualifying she has regularly appeared in the Magistrates Court dealing with an array of Criminal offences. Sonia quickly became a Duty Solicitor and enjoys the fast pace and variety that each Court and Police Station Duty brings. She also has experience in dealing with regulatory work.
Sonia is a passionate advocate and enjoys the challenge of defending clients charged with lesser known offences. She has dealt with all manner of criminal matters from minor road traffic matters through to more serious offences of murder and manslaughter. Ultimately Sonia thrives to ensure that her clients are represented with the utmost professionalism and that each client receives the best service possible.
Stefan Weidmann joined Usmani King in December 2013 from Tuckers Solicitors. Stefan is a Higher Court Advocate specialising in Criminal Law. He studied at Cambridge University reading French and German and qualified at city firm Norton Rose initially practising Company and Commercial Law. Stefan however soon decided that he preferred Criminal Law and has been practising in Crime since 1996.
Stefan is an outstanding Higher Court Advocate and plays a key role in our Crown Court team. He has a vast array of experience dealing with very serious cases including, murders, manslaughters, complex fraud cases and serial rapists.
Notable cases include:
R v Clarke, R v Thakali, R v Curniffe, R v Harvey (all murder)
R v Alie, R v Mraidi (Death by Dangerous Driving)
R v Robinson (serial rape)
R v Bernard (Armed Robbery)