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Orr, Dignam & Co. handles the full range of disputes, and has considerable experience before the High and Supreme courts of Pakistan. The team includes Sajid Zahid and Taha Alizai, who are both adept in handling Supreme Court litigation; the former defended Andritz Hydro in an appeal concerning the bidding process for the Golen Gol Hydro Power Project.

Abraham & Sarwana is acting for International Power in several ongoing matters in the Sindh High Court relating to labour disputes. Other clients include Yokogawa Corporation and Etihad Airways. Former judge SA Sarwana oversees the practice, which includes Jawad Sarwana and Zaki Ahmed.

Headed by Jam Asif and supported by Saim Hashmi and Bahzad Haider, Ahmed & Qazidefinitely punches above its weight’ in the disputes arena. Clients have included the National Bank of Pakistan and Meezan Bank.

In 2016, HaidermotaBNR saw Uzair Bhandari and Mian Muhammad Kashif represent Echo West International in a termination of contract dispute against The Coca-Cola Company, while Feisal Naqvi acted for Zonergy’s subsidiaries in a dispute concerning tariffs granted to three subsidiaries, but disallowed to the remaining six.

At Khalid Anwer & Co., name partner Khalid Anwer oversees a team of 15 that undertakes litigation and arbitration cases for a wide range of clients in the insurance, banking and energy sectors. Senior counsel Syed Abidi and four other partners all have experience in the Supreme Court.

Khan & Associates represented PAL Technologies UAE in litigation against DHA, resulting in the successful dismissal of the claim against the client in a local court. Other clients include Subway and Toyota Japan. Name partner Mansoor Khan, who has expertise in international arbitration, leads the practice.

Liaquat Merchant Associates merged with Ebrahim Hosain to create LMA|Ebrahim Hosain, a 30-lawyer outfit with offices in Karachi and Lahore. Zahid Ebrahim represented the Karachi Dock Labour Board in an infrastructure construction dispute, while Shabnam Noorali acted alongside Ebrahim for Taisei Corporation in a $1.5m arbitration dispute against an engineering subcontractor.

RIAA Barker Gillette’s team, which includes Syed Ali and Yousaf Khosa, represented Atlas Insurance in a successful challenge to an amendment to the 2016 Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers Act. The practice also undertakes regulatory disputes.

Aitzaz Ahsan & Associates specialises in criminal matters, white-collar crime and constitutional litigation, as well as handling broader commercial disputes. Key figures include managing partner Aitzaz Ahsan, who is a senior advocate of the Court of Pakistan, Shaukat Javid, a crime litigation expert, and Shahid Saeed, who has expertise in corporate disputes and white-collar crime.

Based in Karachi, Fakhruddin G Ebrahim & Co undertakes litigation and arbitration under the supervision of the highly experienced name partner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, a former judge and government official.

Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel oversees the team of 11 lawyers at Kakakhel Law Associates, which recently represented the Afghan refugee camps of KPK in an unlawful cut-off of electricity to the camps over a rates dispute, and acted for Polaris Trade Ways in three constitutional petitions.

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels cover the full range of litigation and arbitration, including breach of contract and licensing disputes. Majid Bashir represented Microsoft in an appeal against a ruling in favour of the defendant for supplying unlicensed operating systems belonging to the client. Founding partner Ahmer Bilal Soofi is highly regarded.

Akhund Forbes’ three-lawyer team is led by ‘outstanding’ founder Rabel Akhund and covers a range of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. Sahar Iqbal is another key name.

Amhurst Brown recently acted for a US company in arbitration proceedings, and represented a multinational company in criminal litigation concerning a sales tax dispute. Javaid Akhtar is recommended.

With experience in the Supreme and High courts, Cornelius, Lane & Mufti represents international and local clients in a range of litigation and arbitration disputes. Hamid Khan has experience in criminal litigation, while Salman Aslam Butt specialises in commercial litigation.

Irfan Mir Halepota & Associates regularly handles local and international litigation for clients in several areas of law, including corporate and competition. Name partner Irfan Mir Halepota is a key contact.

MJLA Legal’s team is headed by Mujtaba Jamal, who has experience in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The practice frequently handles corporate, commercial and regulatory disputes for clients including Millat Tractors, Lahore Garment City Company and Engro Foods.

With offices in all major Pakistani cities as well as Dubai and Kabul, Mandviwalla & Zafar has a large network of clients and a strong team covering all areas of dispute resolution. Advocate of the Supreme Court Syed Ali Zafar has handled civil litigation and government matters.

Meer & Hasan Law Associates handles arbitration and litigation for clients in the corporate, banking and intellectual property sectors. The team also has expertise in criminal matters. Farooq Amjad Meer heads the team.

Rana Ijaz & Partners’ four-lawyer team, led by Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan, assisted Huawei Technologies in a high-value employee dispute over the opposition’s relocation to another city, as well as handling a $2m payment dispute for a subsidiary of International Turnkey Systems.

Daudpota International’s recent workload includes breach of contract, asset distribution and loan enforcement disputes. Junaid Daudpota and Faisal Daudpota have extensive expertise before the major Pakistani courts.

Kabraji & Talibuddin’s litigation team is headed by Salman Talibuddin, who specialises in commercial and corporate disputes. The team also handles projects and energy litigation.

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co’s track record includes representing local and international companies in international arbitration, and competition and regulatory disputes. Senior partner Arshad Tayebaly handles commercial litigation.

Surridge & Beecheno handles litigation and arbitration for clients across a wide range of sectors. Khurram Rashid is a key contact.

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