Umar Azmeh

Umar is a solicitor specialising in business crime, financial crime, and regulatory investigations. He has significant experience of criminal investigations involving money laundering and bribery, and has worked with clients on sanctions, tax, and proceeds of crime issues.

He has expertise in commercial litigation, including civil fraud with an international dimension, and particularly where there is a criminal aspect. He has advised both corporations and individuals on potential liability under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Fraud Act 2006, and the Bribery Act 2010. He also has experience of advising clients on privilege, including having worked on the leading case in this area, namely SFO v ENRC.

Prior to joining BCL in 2020, Umar practised as a criminal barrister, with a particular interest and expertise in fraud, which included acting in serious fraud trials lasting several months. He then qualified as a solicitor at a leading trans-Atlantic law firm in London. He was most recently a lawyer at the Criminal Appeal Office of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), advising the senior judiciary on law and procedure in some of the most high-profile and sensitive cases in the jurisdiction.

Following an LL.B. (Hons.) from King’s College London, Umar obtained an M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), obtaining a distinction and graduating top of his year. He is presently undertaking a DPhil in Law (part-time) at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College). His thesis analyses the terrorism sentencing scheme in England and Wales.