Umar Zeb

Umar Zeb

Senior Partner - Head of Private Client Crime

Umar is a specialist in criminal cases with over 30 years of experience across all criminal matters. This is demonstrated by the many cases in which he has been instructed and shows that his experience is highly sought after. He leads the firm's proactive private services, where clients seek diversion away from formal negative outcomes at the police station and court. If you seek an excellent service, read on.

He has rights of audience in the Crown Court, having personally conducted hundreds of fully contested trials and obtained acquittals in many complex cases. He regularly appears at police stations and court, conducting all types of hearings ranging from first appearances, complicated bail and sentencing hearings, to difficult trials. His caseload is almost entirely full of private client instructions. If you are concerned about your case and reputation, especially in sensitive matters, then contact Umar.

He has extensive experience of a wide range of criminal cases involving violence, drugs, murder, fraud, and sexual offences. As a result, 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 and no-nonsense lawyer. Owing to his enthusiasm, reputation and skills, he has built a large client base that mainly include professionals, directors and high net worth clients.

National Recognised Awards

In 2014, Umar was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 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. His team was instrumental in the firm being awarded the Law Society Excellence in Practice Management Award 2012.

Umar was shortlisted as a finalist by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2015. He and the team were instrumental in the firm achieving the Law Society Excellence in Client Service 2020. The judges stated - "JD Spicer Zeb demonstrated a clear commitment to client service through their work with vulnerable and diverse individuals in what can be severely traumatic circumstances".

These awards reflect and celebrate the exceptional contribution to access to justice made by lawyers providing publicly funded legal services.

Umar's team can provide the following services rapidly and often at short notice:

  • Building your case at the outset and limiting damage to you
  • Providing a leading and premier service
  • Taking statements and instructing experts
  • Mitigating your position even if you admit offences
  • Persuading the police to drop the case early
  • Persuading the CPS prosecution to drop the case
  • When possible securing a police caution for you
  • Seeking an out of court police-community resolution for you