Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

The skilled team at Daudpota International is adept at handling all aspects of commercial litigation with particular experience in cases involving competition law, trademark and copyright infringements. Junaid Daudpota; Faisal Daudpota  and Khalid Daudpota  are at the helm.
Babbar Ali Khan heads the department at Farooq, Khan & Mirza that has particular expertise in the construction sector. It routinely represents some of the largest civil works contractors in a diverse range of contentious matters and in arbitrations.
Kabraji & Talibuddin has considerable strength in numerous sectors such as aviation, energy, construction and engineering as well as in the financial markets, retail and the tobacco sector.
In Karachi Liaquat Merchant heads the department at Liaquat Merchant Associates that routinely represents multinationals and local corporations in cases before the local courts and in alternative dispute resolution cases.  The group is also well equipped to handle cross-border disputes.
Farooq Amjad Meer heads the practice at Meer & Hasan Law Associates that advises on a wide range of cases from civil, criminal and corporate issues to constitutional and intellectual property disputes.
Aitzaz Ahsan & Associates serves clients from its offices in Lahore and Islamabad under the leadership of founding partner Aitzaz Ahsan. The firm is known for taking on complex and often high-profile civil litigation.
Headed by Asma Hamid, Asma Hamid Associates provides a broad range of litigation and advisory skills including in the areas of corporate and commercial, public and private sector projects, tax and banking and finance. It has a presence in Lahore and Islamabad.  
Mumtaz & Brohi, Barristers and Corporate Counsel is respected for its work on a range of arbitration and dispute resolution matters relating to FIDIC based construction contracts primarily. Muhammad Mumtaz Ali and Ehsaan Ali Qazi  co-head the team.
Nawaz Hussain Sikander opened its doors in September 2020. Ahmed Ali Hussain and Shamail Sikander head the team, which is recommended for its work on a range of criminal and civil matters.

Dispute resolution in Pakistan

Axis Law Chambers

Axis Law Chambers has a broad and diverse practice and is recognised for its expertise in international arbitrations in particular. It is also a known name for its work on key cases in the power sector. Its vastly experienced team has represented both public and private sector clients in disputes relating to multiple hydro power projects. It is also widely acknowledged for its experience in disputes involving constitutional challenges. Other strengths include advising on disputes relating to international trade as well as human rights litigation. It is also emerging as a key name in environmental litigation. In addition the team boasts considerable skill in other core areas such as insurance and anti-trust litigation, regulatory and administrative law as well as labour law and procurement related issues. Waqqas Mir, Sameer Khosa and Syed Shahab Qutub are highly recommended.

Key clients

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority

Pakistan Expo Centres (Private) Limited

Nishat Chunian Limited

National Transmission and Despatch Company

M/s Laraib Energy Limited

Haroon Ali SethiTodd’s Welfare Society

Competition Commission of Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited

Pakistan State Oil

AC Nielsen Pakistan (Private) Limited

Punjab Revenue Authority

M/s Diamond Paint Industries (Private.) Limited

Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited

Sinotec Co. Limited

Infrastructure Development Authority of the Punjab

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Laraib Energy Ltd, Pakistan’s first Independent Power Producer (IPP), before the Islamabad High Court, in a dispute against a globally renowned engineering and construction concern based out of South Korea, with regard to the encashment of a performance guarantee under the terms of the EPC Contracts executed between the parties in relation to a hydropower project.
  • The Lahore High Court recently accepted the constitutional petition filed by the firm challenging the practice of state functionaries of conducting virginity tests and intrusive examinations of victims / complainants of sexual assault. The case has been reported as Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan, 2021 PCr.LJ 205.
  • Successfuly represented the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) in a constitutional petition before the Islamabad High Court challenging a set of determinations by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (“NEPRA”) permitting a power producer to wheel power to bulk power consumers in a manner that violated both the governing statute (the Pakistani NEPRA Act 1997) and the rights of various distribution and transmission companies under the terms of their licenses.

Haidermota & Co Advocates

Through its offices in three cities in Pakistan, Haidermota & Co Advocates has a large and well-established litigation practice that is skilled at handling a broad array of complex commercial disputes. The nimble team advises on disputes in the banking and telecoms sectors in addition to other areas such as insolvency and regulatory investigations.   It has considerable strength in international arbitrations. The group is well-versed in the rules of the major international arbitration institutions such as the ICC and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.  The firm has acted as counsel in a number of energy, oil and gas and natural resources related international arbitrations and court matters. It frequently works with its corporate colleagues to advise on various contentious matters too. Jahanzeb Awan, who heads the department, is admitted both in Pakistan and as a barrister in England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Jahanzeb Awan

Key clients

Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited

Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited

Habib Bank Limited

SriLankan Airlines

Uber Technologies Inc.

S.A. Enterprises

United Bank Limited

NACIONAL DE COBRE, S.A. DE C.V.

Kirthar Pakistan B.V.

Dawlance (DEL Electronic (Pvt.) Limited)

Iflix Sdn Bhd (Iflix Malaysia)

DFL Corporation (Private) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing M/s. Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited in a lawsuit filed by one of the unsuccessful bidders in relation to the procurement of buses for a mega bus rapid transport project in Karachi.
  • Successfully represented Sri Lankan Airlines in a dispute with TCB Aviation over the renewal of sales agency agreements.
  • Represented Pakistan Mobile in a dispute with the Pakistan Telecommunication authority over a 4.1bn PKR fine for allegedly illegal charging practices.

Khalid Anwer & Co.

Khalid Anwer & Co. has an excellent reputation for its work on a variety of high-profile constitutional and commercial disputes under the direction of Khalid Anwer and Raashid Anwer . Anwer regularly appears before the Supreme Court and the High Courts on a number of constitutional and commercial matters on behalf of clients from a wide range of industries including insurance, fertiliser, textiles and pharmaceutical. He has also represented various clients in a number of domestic and foreign arbitrations. Syed Mustafa Ali  is another known name; he advises and represents clients before the High Courts on a range of constitutional, banking, commercial and employment matters. Jawad Qureshi  is also well-regarded and frequently appears before the High Court as well as the administrative courts of Pakistan.

Practice head(s):

Khalid Anwer  ; Raashid Anwer

Testimonials

‘Their service and their availability for their clients. We found them to be extremely responsive and always available to provide advice.

‘Khalid Anwer & Co is the biggest name in the legal fraternity. Their out of the box thinking and during constant link with the clients during COVID-19 have made them choice counsel for companies like us. The team members bring with them a diverse knowledge base which is beneficial for the clients. We have worked with all the team members of the law firm and have found all of them very professional and through in their work‘.

Khalid Anwer is our to-go firm for high-value; complex litigation. The firm has rich legal experience and is regarded as one of the best litigation/dispute resolution law firms in Pakistan. The firm is very clear in its advice to clients and sets fair expectations upfront. No surprises. The team is hands-on, ever accessible and they never compromise on quality‘.

‘I would highly recommend Habib Kazi and Raashid Anwer at the Firm. Habib is extremely responsible and responsive and has a meticulous eye for detail. It is always a pleasure to work with Habib. Raashid is an excellent counsel – highly regarded not just within the fraternity but also the judiciary. Both Raashid and Habib are very transparent in their advice to the clients. We regard them as our trusted advisors’.

‘Khalid Anwer & Co. has been a long time industry leader in the legal fraternity due to the calibre and achievements of the senior partner, Khalid Anwer. This firm is the counsel of choice for many large enterprises, and it is a class apart from the other firms in the market. We’ve always found this firm to be incredibly accessible in communication, shrewd in advice and superb in maintaining a delicate standard of care few firms can rival. Potential clients can rest assured that their legal needs will more than adequately be served by the firm’s competent employees’.

We have mostly dealt with Raashid Anwer, who is the Managing Partner of the firm and Jawad Qureshi, who is a Partner of the firm. They have been a joy to work with due to their pleasant personalities, and their counsel has been of immense use to us. They have a tendency to conjure up innovative and creative solutions to unique legal problems that will best rectify the hazardous situations businesses may find themselves in. Most importantly, we deeply value the respect shown to us by the firm in general and by Mr. Anwer and Mr. Qureshi in particular‘.

‘They have a team of expert individuals well versed and highly experienced in their field of law and very prompt in responding. Their response time is very prompt, their legal advice is very beneficial‘.

‘The team is comprised of professionals and with full backup of the office to support client needs, well equipped to meet corporate clients’ way of work. Very presentable and understanding of how to deal with foreigners and suggesting possible options to decide upon‘.

Key clients

Pfizer Pakistan Ltd.

Lucky Energy (Pvt.) Ltd.

Sindh Education Department.

Pakistan International Bulk Terminal.

Arif Habib Group

Teradata Pakistan

Teradata Ireland

Sapphire Textile Mills Limited

Gul Ahmed Textiles Mills Limited

Umer Group of Companies

Naveena Exports Limited

Naveena Industries Limited

Ismail Industries Limited

National Foods Limited

ATC Technology Consultants

Lucky Tex Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited

Continental Biscuits Limited

Mashreq Bank UAE

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Pfizer Pakistan in an appeal about a decision of the Drug Appellate board which went all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Currently representing Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT) in a dispute with the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP).
  • Successfully defended Lucky Energy (Pvt) in a major case that was filed by K – Electric.

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE has an excellent litigation practice that advises on the full range of contentious issues as well as international arbitrations. The practice regularly handles all forms of civil, commercial, corporate, regulatory and white-collar crime matters before all the courts in Pakistan. It has extensive experience in a diverse range of industry sectors and frequently advises on matters such as constitutional petitions, labour litigation, banking suits, tax appeals and civil actions. Karachi-based Omer Soomro handles all kinds of litigation including corporate and commercial matters. Islamabad-based Yousaf Khosa  is also well-regarded for his litigation expertise and is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Karachi-based Mayhar Mustafa Kazi represents clients in various complex commercial disputes. Asma Hamid is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Omer Soomro

Other key lawyers:

Yousaf Khosa  ; Mayhar Mustafa Kazi

Testimonials

‘Competence and legal knowledge. Turnaround time and availability. Yousaf Khosa skillfully piloted us through some challenging circumstances. Yousaf listened attentively, grasped every detail, & developed a grand strategy’.

The team of RIAABG operates in close coordination with us being its client‘.

‘RIAA Barker Gillette offered very sound advice with excellent turnaround times. We have found Pakistan a difficult jurisdiction to work with so were very pleasantly impressed with the quality and speed of service. The firm helped our client greatly in ensuring the discontinuance of Pakistani proceedings in breach of an English jurisdiction clause. We worked with Mayhar Mustafa Kazi who provided detailed insight into Pakistani civil procedure in support of anti suit injunction proceedings in London‘.

 

Key clients

Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd

Attock Cement Pakistan Limited and 23 other similarly placed companies involved in import and export through Karachi

Taghleef Industries LLC

April International Enterprise Pvt. Ltd.

Samsonite Group entities

Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited

The Hub Power Company Limited

Attock Cement Pakistan Limited

B. L. Harbert International (Private) Limited

Adamjee Insurance Company Limited

Hisense Holdings Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Filed a suit on behalf of Gunvor International BV Hub Power Company Limited (“Hubco”) before the High Court of Sindh against Central Power Purchasing Agency (“CPPAG”) challenging CPPAG’s actions in setting-off amounts owed to Hubco under the Power Purchase Agreement and was able to obtain an interim order preventing CPPAG from setting-off the alleged liability for residential furnace oil against the payments that were due to be made under the PPA.
  • Secured the modification of an ex-parte injunction in an LNG sales dispute within days, and then represented the client in a subsequent London arbitration.
  • Advised Hisense to file an application seeking a stay of proceedings on the grounds of the arbitration agreements in the contract which require disputes to be arbitrated in Beijing. Furthermore, the client also filed an application seeking that the interim injunction be set aside. The case involved several novel issues of law, including arbitrability of issues relating to intellectual property law and an application on the grounds set out in the New York convention in the context of the pandemic.

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels

ABS & Co. fields a team that is best-known for its experience in commercial and constitutional litigation in the High Court and the Supreme Court. It also has a strong arbitration practice and it has been growing its white-collar crime offering. Another area of expertise is advising on employment and labour disputes, as well as tax litigation. Ahmer Bilal Soofi  is a key member of the practice along with Salman Hanif Rajput; associate Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi who is based in Lahore is increasingly acting in some major constitutional cases.

Other key lawyers:

Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi

Key clients

Engro Corporation Limited

Dawood Hercules Limited

PAKSAT

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)

Siddiqsons Tinplates Limited

United Bank Limited (UBL)

Habib Rafiq Limited

Zabeeh Group

Medipak Private Limited

Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)

Work highlights

  • Represented National Bank of Pakistan in a major employment dispute with respect to the MTO and non-MTO status of its employees.
  • Represented Mughals Pakistan Private Limited in a major construction dispute in excess of PKR 9bn against EOBI.
  • Representing Paksat Private Limited in more than 20 different arbitrations against various electronic and broadcasting media channels.

FGE Ebrahim Hosain

FGE Ebrahim Hosain is a full-service law firm with offices in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Key members of the team include Khwaja Ahmad Hosain who is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Hosain’s core areas of focus includes litigation in the High Court and the Supreme Court as well as international commercial arbitrations. Zaki Rahman is an Advocate of the High Court and has also acted as a Pakistani law expert in international commercial arbitrations. Chaudhary Muhammad Usman  is also an Advocate of the High Court and has developed considerable expertise in civil litigation in addition to regularly appearing before the High Court. Usman has also been involved in numerous national and international arbitration proceedings and has appeared before the national courts in matters relating to the enforcement of domestic and foreign arbitration awards.

Testimonials

‘Having had extensive and diverse interaction with many talented legal and business professionals, we can say without hesitation or reserve that FGE Ebrahim Hosain is quite simply one of the best commercial firm of litigators and has pragmatic individuals we have had the pleasure to work with. From legal advice to representation in dispute resolution proceedings, FGE Ebrahim Hosain’s services have been invaluable to us‘.

‘Although the entire team is brilliant to work with, the partners Ahmad Hosain and Zaki Rahman both possess sharp minds, endless energy and an unparalleled commitment to achieving success for their clients’.

‘We value FGE | Ebrahim Hosain’s continued commitment towards our needs and appreciate their provision of valuable and reliable legal advice which is not only well-researched and well-backed by law but also reasonably practical. The firm’s extensive experience and vast knowledge in corporate and legal matters ensures delivery of services of the highest quality, be it in terms of representation in local litigation and international arbitrations‘.

The partners, Ahmad Hosain and Zaki Rahman, are extraordinary intellectuals who are fully engaged and hands-on about all the assignments they undertake for us and the entire team is brilliant to work with in terms of their hard work, professionalism and responsiveness. We can always rely on their support‘.

Key clients

Pakistan Cricket Board

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)

Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel for Pakistan LNG Limited (an LNG company) in two, consolidated, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations against PGP Consortium Limited.
  • Appointed by the Federal Government as a legal expert on a committee to advise the Federal Government on bilateral investment treaties and other international legal obligations.
  • Lead counsel for Pakistan Cricket Board  (PCB) in a writ petition filed by the PCB before the Lahore High Court on the important constitutional question of whether a provincial legislature can impose tax on an entity established by the federal government pursuant to a federal law.

Orr, Dignam & Co.

Orr, Dignam & Co. has a first-rate dispute resolution practice that covers all aspects of commercial litigation with particular expertise in banking law, corporate law, commercial contracts and aviation matters. The team also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration and has represented a large number of institutional clients in various disputes throughout Pakistan. It has been involved in recent years in a significant number of reported cases in the country too. Names to note include the heads of the team Sajid Zahid and Taha Alizai, who are both based in Karachi. In addition, the group regularly works with some leading international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Sajid Zahid ;Taha Alizai

Key clients

The Cummins Group (UK and UAE)

Phoenix Global DMCC

Sui Southern Gas Company Limited

Societies General SA, Swiss Company

The Porsche Group

Al Ghazi Tractors Limited

Engro Fertilizer Limited

Pakistan State Oil Company Limited

Habib University Foundation

Bakri Energy Limited

Pak-Arab Refinery Company Limited

The Engro Group

Pakistan Petroleum Limited

BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited

Marriott International

S&P Global Pakistan

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented The Cummins Group (UK and UAE) through the Single Bench and the Division Bench of the High Court of Sindh and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a highly contested case regarding their various agreements that contained foreign arbitration clauses.
  • Advising Phoenix Global DMCC on the recognition and enforcement proceedings regarding the Foreign Award passed by a Foreign Arbitral Tribunal.
  • Represented Sui Southern Gas Company Limited in several litigation matters before the High Court pertaining to the company’s employment policy and successfully represented the company before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Cornelius, Lane & Mufti

Cornelius, Lane & Mufti fields a first-rate team with Salman Butt at the helm. Its clients include multinational firms, large national corporates and international clients. Senior partner Hamid Khan (who is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) is well-versed in all aspects of constitutional litigation. Munawar Us-Salam and Shehzad Elahi also receive a lot of plaudits for their work in this area. The team is lauded for being ‘responsible, well experienced and knowledgeable’.

Practice head(s):

Salman Butt

Testimonials

‘ I can’t think of any other firm in the country which has a wider experience in international arbitration than CLM. They have a great pool of talent. Salman Aslam Butt – a former Attorney General – knows the market better than anyone else. Waleed Khalid is exceptionally hardworking and commercial‘.

‘We were thoroughly impressed by the success rate of CLM and its ability to understand our position and reflect it in the case documents submitted to court and in their oral arguments. CLM kept us updated and well informed about the developments in our cases and was available to discuss case strategy and other matters as and when we requested despite their busy routine.  We found them to be very proficient in understanding the disputes and had the ability to grasp the commercial issues arising out of a dispute‘.

I have had the opportunity to work with partners and associates in CLM that stand out from the competitors due to their sheer commitment, knowledge, and experience. Munawar-us-Salam has extensive understanding of dispute resolution processes. He has represented us in various matters before the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan. His most prominent ability when it comes to dispute resolution is to strategise the case in a way that protects the interests of his clients and give best representation. He is extremely eloquent and well spoken in his arguments before the court. He is an excellent advocate, team leader and never fails to impress‘.

Waleed Khalid is a distinguished lawyer with an exceptional ability in arbitration and out of court dispute resolution process. He understands the complications, risks and procedure of international arbitration. He has represented various entities in the power sector before various forums such as LCIA, ICC etc‘.

The individuals I have worked with stand out because they’re hardworking, they go deep into the subject and understand the technical aspects of the case and then perform the analysis of the right and wrong aspects and then stand with the right side and devote themselves to prove the truth with sufficient and logical evidence and arguments‘.

‘It is an impressive team, both junior and senior lawyers. They have a great deal of experience and display great strategic insight and judgment. Salman Butt has an impressive legal mind‘.

The team is professional and works in a professional manner. The team has the capability to handle our case very well. Munwar us Islam is a hard worker, has a very good knowledge of legal matters, dedicated to the assigned task and responsive‘.

The team was highly dedicated, professional and detail oriented. They explored all avenues during the proceedings of the case. They were always available for any help and discussion on the matter and their efforts during the case were simply superb. At the same time team was very friendly and cooperative.

Key clients

MCB Bank Limited

United Bank Limited

Fazal Cloth Mills Limited

Almoiz Industries Limited

JDW Sugar Mills Limited

Descon Engineering Limited

Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited

Siemens AG and Siemens Medical Solutions USA

Atlas Power Limited

Halmore Power Generation Company

The HUB Power Company

Orient Power (Pvt) Limited

Saif Power Limited

Sapphire Electric Company Limited

Lalpir Power Limited

Pakgen Power Limited

Nishat Power Limited

Nishat Chunian Power Limited

Liberty Power Tech Limited

Central Power Purchasing Guarantee Limited

Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for its client in an LCIA arbitration under a power purchase agreement.
  • Representing National Power Parks Management Company (Pvt.) Limited in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in relation to disputes with the gas supplier for an amount of over $100m.
  • Representing Jazz (Pakistan’s largest mobile cellular operator) in its litigation before Islamabad High Court with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority with respect to renewal of its Cellular Mobile License.

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co

The dispute resolution practice at Mohsin Tayebaly & Co is supervised by Arshad Tayebaly  who specialises in a variety of sectors including banking and finance litigation and company jurisdictional matters. The department has a diverse portfolio of cases. It advises on a broad spectrum of matters relating to tax and customs as well as other issues such as intellectual property and regulatory matters. The team represents a sizeable number of banks and several major corporations. It has developed considerable expertise in competition litigation and frequently represents clients in local and foreign arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Arshad Tayebaly

Testimonials

‘Absolute commitment to client service (to high end Western standards), highly commercial advice and simply a pleasure to work with’.

‘Arshad Tayebaly is excellent in every way. Hugely well connected, superb lawyer, immense integrity and tremendous commitment to getting the very best for his client’.

‘Reliable team of lawyers. Arshad A Tayebaly is a reliable and effective attorney‘.

Extremely good reputation before the benches of courts and professional ethics. Out of box thinking and calculated strategy formulation for court cases‘.

 

Key clients

Nestle Pakistan (subsidiary of Nestle S.A)

K-Electric Limited

Gul Ahmed Energy Limited & group companies

Royal Group Pharmaceutical

Amreli Steels Limited

Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited

EY (Ernst & Young)

Ford Rhodes – Pakistan

Engro Corporation Limited

Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited

Pakistan International Container Terminal Limited

Rana Ijaz & Partners

Rana Ijaz & Partners routinely represents clients in commercial and contractual matters before the national courts and arbitral tribunals. Recently the firm has also acted as co-counsel in three international arbitration cases. Rana Sajjad Ahmad and Rana Muhammad are seasoned practitioners; Sajjad is an accredited mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Rana Sajjad Ahmad

Other key lawyers:

Rana Muhammad

Testimonials

‘Stellar practice both in terms of legal excellence and commercial nous. Highly recommended’.

‘Rana Sajjad stands out as a highly engaged, determined, and skilled lawyer. His advice is clear, on point and always timely. His dedication to developing Pakistan’s arbitration practice is second to none’.

Key clients

Al Ghurair

International Turnkey Systems

Work highlights

  • Advising and acting as co-counsel for two leading distributors/suppliers of electronic products in two international arbitration cases filed against one of the world’s largest multinational conglomerates. The amount in dispute is around $21m.
  • Advising and representing a leading distributor/supplier of electronic products in connection with a civil suit filed against it in the District Court, Islamabad, for the recovery of approximately $21 m. In view of the international arbitration clauses in the distribution agreements between the parties, the firm is challenging the jurisdiction of the court and seeking a stay of the proceedings under the Recognition and Enforcement (Arbitration Agreements and Foreign Arbitral Awards) Act 2011.
  • Advising and representing the client in connection with petitions for  the enforcement in the High Court of two interim foreign arbitral awards rendered by an international arbitration tribunal in connection with ongoing international arbitration proceedings involving a leading distributor/supplier of electronic goods.

AHM & Co

AHM & Co continues to be an emerging force that covers the full array of contentious matters from mediation and arbitration through to civil litigation for a whole host of major clients. It is also skilled at advising on other matters such as constitutional challenges, insurance appeals and corporate disputes. The team is adept at handling a wide range of disputes at the courts of first instance all the way to the superior courts. Heads of team Adam Hassan Malik and Saadat Ali Saeed are well-regarded.

Testimonials

AHM & Co team led by Adam Malik has a very good understanding of the various provisions with regard to arbitration and dispute resolution. His approach to the resolution of disputes is practical while keeping within the framework of law. He deliberates at length with clients to find a practical solution. We have found his advice both practical and in our best interests‘.

AHM & Co. has been a trusted legal representative for the company and for many matters I have required assistance in, primarily due to the swiftness of response whilst still maintaining the requisite level of research, understanding and effort. The turnaround time in receiving detailed legal opinions or advice is much shorter than the other firms/lawyers we have engaged and their ability to take on a variety of issues and willingness to resolve them/provide solutions even prior to finalising the legal fees is a huge asset for us. We have found that the young team has had little issue translating their work during the digitalised era forced upon us by COVID-19, resulting in increased efficiency in documentation sharing and communications’.

Most of our work is channelled through Adam Hassan Malik who is a standout attorney who has the ability to adapt when dealing with a variety of individuals. I can personally vouch for some stellar dispute resolutions handled by him with a wide spectrum of personnel, including officials from regulatory authorities, corporate entities and even individuals trying to extort money under the threat of litigation and criminal action‘.

‘In-depth understanding of relevant legal issues, good analytical skills, excellent court strategy and solution oriented approach make AHM & Co a unique firm to work with‘.

Adam Malik is the lead partner that I have dealt with and he is clearly highly experienced in dispute resolution, with deep knowledge of the Pakistani courts. Adam’s skillsets include giving meticulous attention to detail and encyclopaedic recall of recent precedents‘.

‘Vigilant and agile in dealing in litigations, timely response and highly capable‘.

‘A great team, the team has considerable depth of experience in regulatory work. Practical and well-resourced. Adam Malik provided insightful, responsive thoughtful advice. The standard of work provided is always of the highest quality. Adam has the ability to solve problems directly and quickly for clients’.

Key clients

Munich Re

Habib Metropolitan Bank

Pak Qatar Family Takaful Limited

Pak Qatar General Takaful Limited

Adamjee Life Assurance Co Ltd

Crescent Star Insurance Limited

Salaam Pakistan (Formerly Takaful Pakistan)

PICIC Insurance

Pak Qatar Investment (Private) Limited

Jubilee General Insurance Company

Asia Insurance Company Limited

State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan

Bank Alfalah YesAllied Engineering

Koldkraft

Work highlights

  • Successfully challenged a direction under Section 63 of Insurance Ordinance 2000 that was issued by SECP requiring its client, Crescent Star Insurance Limited, to cease entering into insurance contracts before the Islamabad High Court.
  • Advised Allied Rental Modaraba in a challenge relating to the National Highway Authority levy of approach before the Lahore High Court.
  • Representing two insurance companies in reinsurance premium disputes against Pakistan Reinsurance arising out of compulsory cession before the Sindh High Court.

ANZ Partners

ANZ Partners has a diverse practice that handles a wide range of disputes from constitutional litigation to white collar crimes and contentious corporate and commercial matters. Islamabad-based Nabel Rehman  is an accredited mediator who has a primary focus on corporate and commercial litigation. Aqeel Malik  is a key contact in the criminal and international law department. Malik is also called to the London Bar.

Practice head(s):

Nabel Rehman; Aqeel Malik

Key clients

SAVE THE CHILDREN (SCF) PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN HUMANITARIAN FORUM

PAKISTAN CHINA INSTITUTE (PCI)

CAN ASIAN SYNERGIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED

YU-FEI PELAGIC FISHERIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED

PCI HOLDING (PRIVATE) LIMITED

AL NOOR TRUST

SOCHAIN ZARA (SZ)

AR FOODS (PRIVATE) LIMITED

AR CASH & CARRY

MADINA CASH & CARRY (MCC)

AR HORECA

ASCENDIA (PRIVATE) LIMITED

THE EDUCATORS, RAWALPINDI

ELAHI COTTON MILLS LIMITED

ESPRESSO EXPRESS, RESTAURANT

GIBRALTOR CONSTRUCTIONS

GYMSTIQUE

KOHISTAN DEVELOPERS & BUILDERS

EMBASSY OF AUSTRIA

INTEK CORPORATION

LA MONTANA RESTAURANT, ISLAMABAD

MAROOF HOSPITAL, ISLAMABAD

TIANJIN CHINA PETROLEUM DRILLING COMPANY LIMITED (TCPDC)

WESTERN GLOBAL SERVICES (PRIVATE) LIMITED

WESTEREN SERVICES (PRIVATE) LIMITED

INTEK CORPORATION

LEADS PHARMA (PVT) LTD.

ATTOCK REFINERY LIMITED

VETY CARE (PVT) LTD.

CANYON ENTERPRISES (PVT) LTD.

LA MONTANA RESTAURANT

FLOSS FACTORY CAFE

PREMIERE CHOICE INTERNATIONAL

Gulf Oil Middle East Limited

IMC Worldwide

NIULI UK LTD

Bhandari Naqvi and Riaz (BNR)

Bhandari Naqvi and Riaz (BNR) has four partners who are enrolled as Advocates of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The team has been busy appearing as counsel before the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the five High Courts, the banking courts, the federal tax and labour tribunals in addition to various regulatory authorities. It is also regularly engaged by domestic and international clients in arbitration matters. The heads of the department are Uzair Karamat BhandariFeisal Hussain Naqvi and Iftikharuddin Riaz who are all well-regarded.

Testimonials

‘Some of the practice’s key strengths are the teamwork and the focus on client relations. What stands out the most is the fact that they take the client’s requirements seriously, and keep them in the loop throughout the whole process through a series of meetings and constant feedback after each meeting before the final advice. Moreover, this firm has maintained a diversified workforce with a good gender balance and a good mix of junior and senior associates for a holistic perspective‘.

‘I have frequently interacted with Iftikharuddin and Abdul Muqtadir and the finance team. I have found them equipped with excellent legal knowledge and experience. I strongly admire their ability to acquire information from the client by asking relevant questions, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the case‘.

As far as our company is concerned, Bhandari Naqvi Riaz has always brought innovative solutions and has used laws and regulations in a very unique and wise manner. They have a very good grip on international case laws as well. They always make our company feel like a priority client and respond us within shorter possible times. Currently we are dealing Iftikharuddin Riaz‘.

I have recently worked with BNR on an international arbitration at LCIA, and I am extremely impressed by the quality and quantity of work that the team has produced. The associates were excellent at researching, and the partners on the case were well-versed with the dispute and what our case was. They have a great team of partners with diverse international experience in both litigation and arbitration. I was also particularly pleased by their use of technology, especially during the pandemic. They have invested in software and collaboration technology (Zoom, Teams, SharePoint) to ensure there is no disruption of services to their clients‘.

‘I worked with two partners, Feisal Naqvi, and Sami ud Din on the international arbitration, and both were equally good if not better than our opposing barrister on the case. The associates had a very diligent focus on researching both internal and external records for the case. Overall, I am extremely happy with how this team dealt with the arbitration and helped us create a good case‘.

Key clients

Sindh Revenue Board

Echo West International (Private) Limited

Wateen Telecom Limited

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited

InfoTech Middle East FZ LLC (Dubai) and Infotech (Private) Limited

Malik Ghulam Mustafa

Dalda Foods Limited

Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan (Private) Limited and Tethyan Copper Company Proprietary Limited

BNP (Private) Limited

National Highway Authority permanent employees

Data Steel Pipes Industries (Private) Limited

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan

Tandlianwala Sugar Mills Limited

The Salvation Army, Pakistan

Samsung Gulf Electronics FZE and Samsung Electronics Limited (Seoul, Republic of Korea)

A.M. Construction Company (Private) Limited

POSCO International Corporation

Universal Tobacco Company (Private) Limited

Packages Limited and Packages Construction (Private) Limited

Master Tiles & Ceramic Industries Limited

Jubilee Spinning & Weaving Mills Limited

Emerging Market Research, Republic of Korea

Work highlights

  • Advising Sindh Revenue Board on a challenge to the  imposition of ‘sales tax on services’ by a provincial fiscal authority on certain entities falling within the grey area of the definition of a ‘service-provider’ such as membership clubs.
  • Advising BNP (Private) Limited on litigation between construction and banking companies arising out of a real estate project known as One Constitution Avenue, Islamabad.
  • Advising The Nazir – A.M. Joint Venture on a dispute between a construction conglomerate and National Highway Authority and Auditor General of Pakistan regarding the re-rating of a contract, in light of the law-and-order situation in Balochistan.

Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates

The barristers and advocates at Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates regularly appear in the Supreme Court and the High Courts of Pakistan on a wide variety of matters. The team represents a number of trade associations and has also represented various government departments and bodies both at the federal and provincial levels before the superior courts. Heads of team Abdul Sattar Pirzada; Qazi Umair Ali  and Mamoon N. Chaudhry  are the names to note.

Kilam Law

The experienced team at Kilam Law is led by Haris Azmat. The versatile practice is adept at handling a wide variety of trial and appellate work in civil, commercial, intellectual property and banking matters. It also boasts considerable expertise in international arbitration matters. Ali Ibrahim  is another known name who has particular strength in corporate matters and is vastly experienced at representing clients before various regulatory authorities.

Practice head(s):

Haris Azmat

Other key lawyers:

Maryam Hayat ; Ali Ibrahim

Testimonials

‘The firm has evolved as our ‘go-to’ firm in the recent years, in particular for matters in the Punjab province, given the partner availability, responsiveness and ability to provide out of the box solutions. The fee structure is more flexible compared to other law firms and they continue to consistently exceed expectations and gain ours and clients’ confidence’.

‘Haris Azmat and Maryam Hayat are excellent. They have been involved in a very significant number of reported judgments in recent years. They are currently helping us with the enforcement of a foreign arbitration award and a number of other matters‘.

Kilam Barristers and Legal Consultants has provided us with the finest legal services through zealous and aggressive representation. Kilam has always provided us with comprehensive, cost effective, workable, permanent solutions, putting our interests as paramount‘.

‘Barrister Haris Azmat has over a decade of experience in corporate, commercial and constitutional litigation. He is deeply committed to the success of his clients. He is fully equipped, vastly experienced and dedicated towards his clients’ business interests and works in accordance with the highest ethical standards of the legal profession. He has an exceptional team of associates. Maryam Hayat accomplishes the requisite goals and acts promptly in all situations‘.

‘Kilam Barristers and Legal Consultants provides the highest level of substantive expertise and skills. They have the requisite enthusiasm and commitment to legal work and possess extraordinary client handling skills. They have a creative approach and provide solutions to legal problems. Haris Azmat has been providing wide ranging legal advisory, corporate, transactional and litigation services to a broad spectrum of companies and high-profile individual clients for more than a decade. KILAM Barristers and Legal Consultants is a team of highly motivated and dedicated lawyers,  Kilam is our go to when dealing in dispute resolution and the settlement of claims‘.

‘Kilam has expertise when handling all our dispute resolution cases. They are highly skilled. Their approach to dispute resolution strategy has always impressed me and they are quick in coming up with the right game plan in all of our cases‘.

‘We like how the lawyers at Kilam Law Barristers and Legal Consultants have exceptional negotiation skills. Haris Azmat’s in-depth knowledge coupled with his pragmatic approach is what makes the firm stand out. He has great passion, deep knowledge of the industry and a great ability to successfully  conclude negotiations. Overall the firm has highly capable individuals with a great strategic approach to alternative dispute mechanism‘.

We usually work with Ali Ibrahim and due to his great communication skills, willingness to listen, specific knowledge about the pertaining issues, having strong writing ability with creativity and most importantly a strong sense of judgment that makes us stick with this firm‘.

Key clients

Clyde & Co. LLP (Dubai)

Trowers & Hamlins LLP (London)

National School of Public Policy

Lahore Garment City Company

Sidus Healthcare Pvt Ltd

Regalis Healthcare

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority

New Era Technologies Pvt Ltd

Diocese of Raiwind

Republic Women’s Wear

Vital Care Medical Systems

Shahraj Textiles

Dairy Land Pvt Ltd

Rizwan Textile

PASCONS Construction Company

Methodist Church of Pakistan

Descon Engineering Limited

EFU General Insurance Company Limited

Servaid Pharmacy Pvt Limited

United Insurance Company of Pakistan Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Multan Sultans (Pakistan Super League Franchise)

Art of Heritage KSA

National Highways Authority

Oil & Gas Development Company Limited

Interloop Limited

Federal Board of Revenue

Punjab Revenue Authority

National Radio Telecommunication Corporation

Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA)

Red Bull Pakistan

SPI Insurance Company Limited

National Highway Authority

Kips Group of Colleges

Work highlights

  • Instructed as an expert on Pakistani law on a matter before the Commercial Court in London regarding insurance, contract and aviation.
  • Represented the Federal Board of Revenue in a tax dispute worth PKR358m.
  • Advising the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority in a high profile dispute with Pakistan Broadcaster’s Association worth $10m, and separately representing PEMRA in a dispute worth $5m with different radio stations.

Raja Mohammed Akram Co.

Raja Mohammed Akram Co. fields an established team that has a strong track record in dispute resolution and arbitration. Senior partner Salman Akram Raja is a known name  for his work in this area and has appeared in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on several key matters. Clients include local and international business corporations and the team has particular expertise in advising on significant commercial and contractual disputes. It also specialises in constitutional litigation with particular strength in environmental and climate change litigation as well as human rights issues.

Testimonials

‘The firm gives sound advice and at times different from what the client wants to hear. Salman Akram Raja and Asad Ladha’.

‘Salman Akram Raja is one of the most able and professional lawyers in the country. His expertise on all areas of law is commendable and he gives his clients comfort and support in dealing with legal matters. He is very approachable and the turnaround time is always quick which makes it easier to manage deadlines.’

Key clients

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association

All Pakistan Sugar Mills Association

Fatima Energy Limited

Hi-Tech Lubricants Limited

Travel Agents Association of Pakistan

CPLC Neighbourhood Care

Nisar Spinning Mills (Private) Limited

Hyundai Nishat Motor (Private) Limited

Dewan Petroleum (Pvt) Limited

The Lake City Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

Lucky Cement Limited

China Mobile Pakistan Limited (Zong)

Work highlights

  • Represented Fatima Energy Limited in multiple proceedings arising out of the applicability and enforcement of wheeling regulations and the regulatory regime of electric power before the Islamabad High Court and the Lahore High Court.
  • Representing textile mills in a constitutional challenge to the retrospective application of the Gas Infrastructure & Development Cess Act 2015.
  • Representing cement manufacturers at the Supreme Court in appeal proceedings challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Competition Act 2010.

Rizwan Faiz Associates

Rizwan Faiz and Afzal Khan Shinwari co-head the group at Rizwan Faiz Associates. The team has significant experience of handling project and construction related disputes as well as disputes in the power and energy sectors. Other strengths include advising on contentious matters in the aviation industry. Recently it has been busy too advising on employment matters as well as some important family law disputes. It also represents its clients in out of court settlements through alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Other key lawyers:

Haroun Sharif

Testimonials

It has the ability to succinctly address the legal issues arising from the complicated facts of a case and present it before a court with a solution, which the firm has a command over. The provision of services professionally and showing results with affordable billing has made the firm most approachable in all areas especially the corporate sector. Rizwan Faiz has a detailed and accurate knowledge of the brief in hand, applicable up to date law makes him stand out from his competitors, consequently protecting and securing his clients’ interests in the best possible way‘.

‘Rizwan has a deep knowledge of arbitration and great advocacy skills. He is very responsive.  We mostly work with Rizwan Faiz Muhammad directly. He is very available, very good at bridging the cultural and legal gaps between Pakistan and foreign dispute systems and a hard worker. Rizwan Faiz Muhammad has a deep sector knowledge in construction related disputes and arbitration (FIDIC agreements etc.)‘.

Welcoming and going the extra mile for clients. Handling lawsuits  with integrity and wholeheartedness. Always available and has complete knowledge of lawsuits‘.

Rizwan Faiz is an exceptional lawyer, with excellent preparation and presentation in courts. He presents his cases in a methodical way, and enjoys an excellent rapport with judges. Rizwan Faiz has an excellent court presence. The key I believe to his success is his excellent and methodical case presentation, and impressive presentation. It also helps that he usually has an excellent command over the various sectors that he represents in court and is therefore highly trusted for his sectoral knowledge of sectors such as power, construction, etc. His team, consisting of Afzal Shinwari and Haroun Bilal Sharif play an very good supporting act, and are very capable of acting of their own’.

Key clients

M/s Anas Brothers (Pvt.) Ltd

M/S Interconstruct (Pvt.) Ltd

Al-Khaleej Exchange Company (Pvt.) Ltd.

Ministry of Water Resources

National Highway Authority (NHA)

Elite Estates (Pvt.) Ltd

GENCO Holding Company Ltd

Jamshoro Power Company Limited

Central Power Generation Company Limited

Northern Power Generation Company Limited

National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC)

Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

Army Welfare Trust Investments (AWTI)

Work highlights

  • Advised National Highway Authority (NHA) on the grievance petition by a non-conforming lowest bidder for the Sialkot (Sambrial) – Kharian motorway concession project.
  • Represented NHA in a series of writ petitions in five rounds of litigation that was lodged by Amun Petroleum against NHA before the Islamabad High Court seeking a writ of mandamus for the grant of a license and access from the motorway link road for the operation of a fuel pumping station. The matter has finally been settled and decided in NHA’s favour in January 2021.
  • Represented NHA in the arbitration proceedings regarding the dispute emanating from the concession agreement and its termination of the Indus River Motorway Service Areas on Motorway M1.

Vellani & Vellani

The team at Vellani & Vellani under the leadership of Mohammad Abdur Rahman (who is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) is experienced at handling substantial cases for multinationals, local businesses, individuals and the Government of Pakistan. It has also recently successfully handled some international arbitrations in places such as Singapore and London. The group advises on the full gamut of contentious issues from telecommunications and media to banking and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohammad Abdur Rahman