Environment in Pakistan

Vellani & Vellani

Vellani & Vellani merged with Amhurst Brown in 2018. The firm specialises in all aspects of environmental law and advises numerous multinational and local companies on the full spectrum of environmental issues. The practice is adept at preparing registers for companies so that they comply with relevant health, safety and environmental laws. It routinely advises international exploration and production operators on such issues and has advised many clients on the procedures for filing environmental impact assessments with the environmental protection agencies. The group has also represented several individuals and companies in litigation against property owners. Karachi-based Abdur Rahman and Islamabad-based Javaid Akhtar are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Abdur Rahman; Javaid Akhtar

Haidermota & Co Advocates

Haidermota & Co Advocates has a strong environmental law practice that is fully integrated into its M&A, projects, infrastructure and energy departments. It has an excellent track record of advising companies that are investing in or developing projects, primarily in the energy, manufacturing, transportation and chemical sectors, but also in other areas such as agriculture and telecoms. It routinely advises on compliance issues in the context of environmental impact assessments and other diverse areas such as agricultural land use regulations for project development and protected forest regulations. Other core strengths include advising clients on contractual risks and environmental liabilities as well as on hazardous waste management obligations. The practice is also skilled at negotiating contractual indemnities for environmental liabilities. Khozem Haidermota and Umar Shareef are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Khozem Haidermota; Umar Shareef

Key clients

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited

Shanghai Electric Faysal Bank Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company Limited

Bank Al-Falah Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Act 2 Wind Power Limited

Metro Wind Power Limited

Gul Ahmed Electric Limited

Artistic Wind Power Private Limited

Local Government Department, Government of Sindh

Work highlights

  • Advising a major corporate client on the development and implementation of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and re-gasification project.
  • Advising a coal mining company on the expansion of an open-pit coal mine in order to increase the capacity at the mine.
  • Engaged by a number of lenders to advise on various aspects of a 660MW coal-based power project.
  • Advising some of the lenders on various aspects of a 330MW coal-based power project.
  • Advising a foreign company on the development of three solar power projects in the provinces of Punjab and Balochistan.

Hassan & Hassan (Advocates)

Hassan & Hassan (Advocates) has a highly regarded environmental law practice. Advocate Parvez Hassan, who is also a member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, is a primary contact.

Practice head(s):

Parvez Hassan


RIAA BARKER GILLETTE is recommended for its work on the full array of environmental law issues. The practice has a particular focus on advising on the environmental permits needed for coal mining projects.