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.
Simon Brown qualified as a solicitor in 1982 having completed his legal education at the College of Law in Guildford and training with an established firm of solicitors with many branch offices in Bedfordshire. He subsequently became a partner in in 1986 and built a thriving practice. He joined Usmani King in 2019 and has continued to provide the high level of service his clients have come to expect.
Throughout his career he has continually practiced criminal law both as an advocate in the magistrate’s court and as a litigator in the higher courts. In addition to defence work he has over many years conducted prosecutions for various agencies and which included a number of high- profile cases.
Simon has also been an accredited duty solicitor since the scheme was introduced in 1986 and an accredited member of the criminal litigation scheme since inception in 2001.
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.
Edward was originally called to the Bar of England and Wales where he practiced in common law and crime appearing in Magistrates and Crown courts all over the country undertaking trials in all types of criminal matters.
Edward was later admitted to the bar of the Republic of Guyana and practised there and in the wider Caribbean for several years as a civil and criminal advocate, specialising in Capital and Constitutional cases.
Whilst in Guyana Edward was admitted to the New York bar and practised there advising on personal injury claims arising from Road Traffic accidents and Owners liability matters.
Edward is now a Solicitor-Advocate with higher court rights in all courts and undertakes all aspects of criminal law matters and has over the years been successful in securing acquittals in many cases.
Having conducted over many years criminal trials at all levels both as an Advocate and as the Litigator Edward is well aware of the need to reassure clients and to advise and prepare cases properly.
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.
Stuart is a Higher Courts advocate with a wealth of experience. He has been a leading light in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts in Bedfordshire and further afield. He has acted in many high profile murder and drug cases and has fantastic client feedback. His depth of knowledge and calm demeanor inspires confidence in those who instruct him.
He works as a consultant for Usmani King.
Stephanie joined Usmani King in October 2018. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and then later as a Duty Solicitor and has since obtained a wealth of experience from working with regional firms within Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London. Her experience spans from representing people at the police station on arrest all the way through to trials in the Magistrates’ and Youth Court. Stephanie has received training in Prison law and has represented clients in adjudication and parole hearings all over the country. She has experience in prosecuting for the Environmental Agency and representing people at Mental Health Tribunals. Stephanie is passionate about defending those who are unable to represent themselves and is very thorough at paying attention to detail on cases. She is a compassionate solicitor who fights for clients with politeness, patience and understanding.
Claire Crozier joined our team in April 2019. She is an accredited Duty Criminal Law solicitor with over 15 years experience. She is a specialist criminal lawyer and handles both general and serious complex crime such as murder, drugs offences, sexual assault and fraud.
Claire regularly appears at the Magistrates’ Court and police stations, representing the interests of clients requiring specialist advice, with dedication and a strong motivation to obtain the best possible outcome.