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Haider Waheed & Partners Law

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HWP Law is a fully integrated market-leading dispute resolution firm with offices located in the commercial hub of Karachi and the federal capital, Islamabad.

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Labour and employment in Pakistan

Akhund Forbes

Distinguished for having a dedicated labour and employment law practice, Akhund Forbes offers full-service capabilities in the areas of local, national, and international labour and employment matters. The team is particularly well-versed in advising major asset management companies on a wide range of mandates. The team is led by Sahar Iqbal, a noted expert in the field who handles non-litigious matters for clients across a wide range of sectors, including FMCG, fund management, TMT, energy, infrastructure, e-commerce, and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sahar Iqbal


‘Prompt response to our queries.’

Key clients

MCB-Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited

UBL Fund Managers Limited

China Power Generation Hub Company

Deutsche Bank

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Kumon Institute if Education Co., Ltd

Karachi Down Syndrome Program

Global University Systems

Arif Habib Limited

Ericsson Pakistan Private Limited

Globalisation Partners

Muller Bleher Group

Stealth Startup


Pay Care

NBP Fund Management Limited

Sumitomo Chemicals Pte Ltd




Encore Pay

Reckitt Hygiene Pakistan

Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan

Beerbal & Co

Perkins Coie LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Sofy AI

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Pakistan Security Printing Corporation PVT LTD

Sanofi Aventis Pakistan

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advising Veripark, Unifonic, and Globalization Partners on their HR matters and arrangements as they make a business entry in Pakistan.
  • Assisting Karachi Down Syndrome Programme, Microsoft, UBL Fund Managers Limited, MCB Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited, Unifonic with a wide range of key points of employment law.
  • Advised Global University Systems, Muller Bleher Group and Kumon Pakistan with reviewing and updating their standard employment contract and HR Policy for Pakistan in-line with the applicable laws.

Yousaf Amanat & Associates

With offices situated in Karachi and Islamabad, Yousaf Amanat & Associates enjoys a strong reputation in the field of labour and employment law, alongside a growing practice in data protection. Of recent note, the team has acted on behalf of a German chemical manufacturing company in an employee misconduct investigation. The team is co-led by the 'very seasoned and experienced lawyerYousaf Amanat, who brings over 20 years of experience to the area, and Karachi-based practitioner Noman Zahid.

Practice head(s):

Yousaf Amanat; Noman Zahid


‘Yousaf Amanat & Associates is collaborative and proactive, they have an excellent grip and understanding of labour-related matters.’

‘Individuals are professional and calm problem solvers.’

‘The response time of Yousaf Amanat & Associates is very fast, succinct and direct. The team is diverse and therefore caters to lawsuits in various different locations in Pakistan. Their invoices are submitted very timely.’

‘We have worked closely with the associates and found them very reliable and efficient.’

‘Yousaf Amanat has been advising us for the past 11 years now. A very seasoned and experienced lawyer. He is somebody on whom you can count completely.’ 

‘Yousaf Amanat has been able to advise us, guide us and provide high level advice and support for our employment matters in Pakistan.’

‘Good level of commitment, knowledge and support.’

Key clients

Aveint Corporation

BASF Germany


Delivery Hero

Food Panda


Canadian Solar

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Lewis Silkin LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Delivery Hero on the gig working engagement structure, providing details of trans provincial employment laws of Pakistan and populating a risk matrix for the client which involved financial and legal risks.
  • Advised BASF Germany on on strategy relating to termination of higher management and restructuring of the company’s board.

ABS & Co.

With offices in Lahore and Islamabad, ABS & Co. provides a full-service labour and employment law offering in both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Covering both public and private employment law, the team deals with wage disputes, industrial action, and employee benefits, as well as labour and HR policies. The practice is headed by Imran Ahmed Malik, and he is supported by Ahmer Bilal Soofi.

Practice head(s):

Imran Ahmed Malik

Other key lawyers:

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

Key clients

United Bank Limited

Punjab Social Security Institution

Bank of Punjab

Punjab Poverty Alleviation Fund

Punjab Skills Development Fund

Punjab Population Innovation Fund

Punjab Institute of Fashion & Design


Water and Sanitation Agency

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonalds on settling multiple tort claims under occupational safety laws arising out of an accidental fire at one of its restaurants.
  • Advised the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination on the devolution of employees old-age benefit institution and workers welfare fund following the 18th Amendment.
  • Represented China Three Gorges Investment Company in drafting its internal HR policy in light of the applicable labour laws of Pakistan.

Khalid Anwer & Co.

Headquartered in Karachi, Khalid Anwer & Co. advises and litigates on behalf of several employers, covering large class-action suits, as well as smaller disputes. The firm is well-known for representing banks in complex labour-related matters in the highest courts in Pakistan. The team is co-led by Raashid Anwer, who strengthens the practice with over 23 years of experience, and Syed Mustafa Ali, who specialises in representing leading banks in employment-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Raashid Anwer; Syed Mustafa Ali


‘Khalid Anwar & Co has a broad range of expertise covering litigation, corporate matters, company law matters, labour matters and other ancillary legal areas. The advice is to the point and solutions presented are accurate.’

‘Khalid Anwar & Co knows how to treat clients well. Clients’ instructions, time and input is given value.’

‘Khalid Anwar & Co’s legal solutions are a good blend of strict legalese and practicality. Literal legal solutions in isolation seldom work, therefore the firm presents legal solutions which are also cognisant of practical and commercial difficulties and challenges.’

‘Khalid Anwar & Co’s lawyers are by far the most courteous, and their verbal interaction immediately puts clients at ease.’

Key clients

Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd.

Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust

National Bank of Pakistan

Mashreq Bank

Gul Ahmed Energy Ltd

United Bank Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited

Sindh employment Social Security Institution

Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the National Bank of Pakistan in a case challenging the appointment of its Chief Executive in ongoing proceedings before the Islamabad High Court.
  • Acted on behalf of PTET to contest numerous petitions filed by Pakistan Telecommunications Ltd. retired employees who are claiming the same retirement benefits as retired civil servants.

Kilam Law

Kilam Law is led by Ali Ibrahim, a noted expert in labour law, who operates from the Lahore office. His practice encompasses drafting employment contracts, handling industrial disputes, and advising on social security and benefits funds. The firm has acted on behalf of leading global brands such as Red Bull, advising on corporate compliance and labour contract law issues. Haris Azmat and Taimur Malik are also litigators of note.

Practice head(s):

Ali Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

Haris Azmat; Taimur Malik


‘The team is extremely efficient.’

‘Good understanding of the law and the ability to grasp complex legal issues.’

Key clients

Descon Engineering Limited

Water & Power Development Authority

SPG Prints B.V

Red Bull

Interloop Limited

Noor Care (Pvt) Limited

Buch Hospital (Pvt) Limited

Clyde & Co. LLP (Dubai)

New Era Technology Private Limited

Regalis Healthcare

Conatural Beauty Pvt Ltd

Dhabi Hospitality Private Limited

Republic Women’s Wear

KIPS Education Institute

PASCONS Construction Company

AlphaBold Inc. USA

Evernex Dubai

Century Insurance Company Limited

EFU General Insurance Limited

The United Insurance Company of Pakistan Limited

Kaizen Paint (Pvt) Limited

Plastech Autosafe (Pvt) Limited

Liaquat Merchant Associates

Headquartered in Karachi, Liaquat Merchant Associates is skilled at representing companies, employees, and civil servants before the High Courts, Labour Courts, and Service Tribunals. Catering to both domestic and international clients, the firm regularly acts for international law firm DLA Piper and global management consultant McKinsey & Co., as well as leading national banks. Industry veteran Faresa Jafarey Ahsan leads the practice with the support of UK-based Hira Ahmad, a notable expert in the field who advises clients on drafting HR policies and employment contracts.

Practice head(s):

Faresa Jafarey Ahsan

Other key lawyers:

Hira Ahmad

Key clients

Mckinsey & Co.

DLA Piper


National Bank of Pakistan

Finca Microfinance Bank

Entravision – Jack of Digital

Engro Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised DLA Piper UK regarding its client, Uber, on specific queries on maternity and paternity leaves for employees in Pakistan.
  • Advised DLA Piper Middle East regarding its client, Cisco, on post pandemic issues, such as return to offices and access.
  • Advised Entravision on its standard employment contracts for its employees based in Pakistan.

Orr, Dignam & Co.

Orr, Dignam & Co. is well-placed to advise on a range of employment matters, such as local laws, contracts, and registrations for international and local blue-chip companies. The practice is co-led by Islamabad-based practitioners Zahir Riaz and Aliya Yusuf. Asim Nasim, Shahid Raza, and Umar Shahid complete the leadership team.

Practice head(s):

Zahir Riaz; Aliya Yusuf; Asim Nasim; Shahid Raza; Umar Shahid

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

Fauji Foundation

BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited

S&P Global Pakistan (Private) Limited

Barrick Gold Corporation

Shanghai Electric

H3C Technologies Pakistan (Private) Limited

Kaufland Pakistan (Private) Limited

Lidl Asia Pte. Limited

Tulane University, US

Northwestern Medicine, US

United Stated Pharmacopeia

Sanofi Aventis Pakistan Limited

Sanofi (France)

Global Upside

Channel VAS

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, US

IDP Education Pakistan (Private) Limited

Siemens Pakistan Energy Company Limited

Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Pakistan LNG Limited

Ericsson Pakistan (Private) Limited

Port Qasim Electric Power Company (Private) Limited

Kaplan Australia


Corteva Pakistan

Work highlights

  • Advising Barrick Gold Corporation on all employment matters in respect of the Reconstituted Reko Diq project.
  • Advising S&P Global and its Pakistani subsidiary on various employment matters under Pakistan law.
  • Advising H3C Technologies Co., Limited and its subsidiary, H3C Pakistan (Private) Limited, on various employment matters under Pakistan law.

Qureshi Law Associates

Headquartered in Lahore, Qureshi Law Associates is well-positioned to advise on employment law issues, especially for businesses entering into the Pakistani market. Led by Basharat Ali Mehmood, the team is experienced in reviewing employee contracts and drafting handbooks.

Practice head(s):

Basharat Ali Mehmood

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanergy with drafting an employment handbook, setting out the health, insurance, safety, holidays, work holidays, dress codes, and harassment policies.
  • Advised Solution de Energy on undertaking a review of employees, contracts, employees’ provident funds, employees’ worker welfare funds and possible retrenchment options.
  • Advised M/s Red Sea Petroleum (Private) Limited on the acquisition of M/s Exceed Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd, a company owing over 35 petrol stations in Pakistan, licensed for the import of oil.


RIAA BARKER GILLETTE frequently litigates on behalf of employers and is equipped to provide advice on employment contracts, trade union matters, leave entitlements, and other HR issues. The team also specialises in providing nuanced advisory work in emerging labour markets, such as contract-based and outsourced labour for global companies. Karachi-based practitioner Shafaq Rehman leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Shafaq Rehman


‘RIAA Barker makes great effort in understanding their clients whereby coming up with, where required, creative and personalised solutions that address the clients’ needs. Great people to work with.’

‘A diligent team.’

‘What has impressed me the most about this law practice overall is the quality of services they provide to SME clients, which is comparable to the quality they provide to much larger corporate clients. This speaks to their values of equity across clients, independent of revenue.’

Key clients

Velocity Global Holdings LLC

ABS Group of Companies Inc.

Avient Pakistan (Private) Limited

Avient Corporation

Baker & McKenzie

King & Spalding LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Cooley LLP

Remote Pakistan (SMC-Private) Limited

Barrick Gold Corporation

CCL Holding (Private) Limited

Dasu Hydropower Consultants

Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited

South Asia Pakistan Terminals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Velocity Global Holdings LLC on the legal landscape applicable to its business activities in Pakistan and on the setting up of a subsidiary in Pakistan.
  • Advised Barrick Gold Corporation on all regulatory aspects of employing individuals in a gold mine, which will ultimately employ over 7,000 miners.
  • Advised Avient Pakistan (Private) Limited on its day-to-day legal issues, from representing the client before regulatory authorities to advising on various matters under applicable labour laws.