Expertise

Omar is a Managing Associate in Addleshaw Goddard's Global Investigations team.

He is an experienced civil and criminal litigator, having acted for governments, corporations and individuals in investigations and litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions. He left private practice in 2017 to gain experience with a public prosecutor, the UK's Serious Fraud Office (the SFO), and returned to private practice in 2019.

Omar specialises in investigations into complex fraud (civil and criminal), bribery and corruption and market abuse, and advises on confiscation proceedings, unexplained wealth orders and civil restraint and forfeiture orders. In commercial litigation, he has substantial experience in the operation and enforcement of worldwide freezing orders and search orders, and of complex "Extended Disclosure" under the Business and Property Court's Disclosure Pilot Scheme.

He is an experienced extradition litigator, advising those facing extradition proceedings in the UK and those abroad whose extradition is sought or may be sought by the UK. He has also successfully challenged and overturned decisions of law enforcement agencies and the lower courts by way of judicial review in the High Court.

Omar routinely advises on high-profile matters and works extensively with reputation management lawyers and public relations agencies and advisers, and he provides pre and post-production legal advice to television broadcasters and production companies.

Experience
  • Acting for the Claimant Russian bank-in-liquidation, Vneshprombank LLC (VPB), in high value, complex commercial litigation in the High Court in London against a Russian national said to have perpetrated the fraud which resulted in VPB's multibillion-pound bankruptcy.
  • Acting in the SFO's then-largest ever investigation, into Rolls-Royce plc., concerning cross-border bribery and corruption in its civil aerospace, defence aerospace and energy divisions.
  • Advising a foreign government and its sovereign investment fund on an investigation into cross-border, multibillion-dollar fraud, embezzlement and money-laundering allegations.
  • Advising a foreign national with links to politically exposed persons on unexplained wealth orders, suspicious activity reports in the UK and cross-border asset tracing.
  • Advising a US film producer whose extradition was sought from the UK in connection with a suspected multimillion-dollar tax fraud scheme, and a US-based IT executive wanted for prosecution by a UK law enforcement agency.
  • Overturning a UK law enforcement agency decision to prosecute a child with no previous criminal history for being drunk and disorderly in a public place, by way of judicial review in the High Court.
Education
  • University of Sheffield – European and International Law LLB (Hons) – June 2008 
  • Lund University – European Law – February 2008 
Languages
  • Hindko - fluent