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Umar has almost 30 years of criminal law experience and has been a Partner at JD Spicer Zeb since 2000. He has personally conducted hundreds of fully contested trials and obtained acquittals in numerous complex cases. He regularly appears at court conducting all types of hearings from first appearances to complicated bail and sentence hearings including difficult trials.
Umar has experience of a wide range of criminal cases including murder, fraud, sexual offences, and terrorism cases. Given his experience he plays a large role in staff training and supervision of the Criminal Law Department within the firm.
Umar is known by his clients as a straight talking, no nonsense lawyer, and owing to his enthusiasm, reputation and skills he has built a large client base that includes many professionals.
In 2014 Umar Zeb was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2014 by the Society of Asian Lawyers. The event was hosted by Joe Sidhu QC and also attended by leading barristers and members of the judiciary.
Umar was also shortlisted as a finalist by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2015.
These awards reflect and celebrate the exceptional contribution to access to justice made by lawyers providing publicly funded legal services.