Angbeen Atif Mirza
Angbeen Mirza holds a B.A/LL.B from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a practicing lawyer and is a founding partner at Praxis Legal, Advocates and Consultants. In addition, she is interested in academic and research work. Her areas of interest include criminal justice, labour laws, environmental laws, access to justice and women’s rights. She has been involved in human rights work in the form of public interest litigation as well as policy work, and has been a regular consultant with the Legal Aid Society since 2010.
Specialisation: Property Law; Concept of Law
Umer Akram Chaudhry
Umer Chaudhry is a Partner at Raja Mohammad Akram & Co, in Lahore, Pakistan. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and Attorney at law enrolled in New York. Up until 2015, he was a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore, where he worked at Clyde & Co LLP and Rajah & Tann LLP, both internationally ranked amongst the top-30 international arbitration practices. Umer is a graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (B.A/LL.B. ’08) and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (LL.M. ’11). He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2010.
Umer has strong expertise in cross-border dispute resolution engaging public and private international laws and a rich experience of practice before international forums in international litigations, arbitrations, and mediations. During the course of his practice, Umer has represented clients in a diverse range of disputes in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. His core practice areas are investment, commercial, construction, and energy infrastructure disputes. He is well versed in the rules of major arbitral centres such as ICC, LCIA, SIAC, and HKIAC. He also has solid experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards in multiple jurisdictions under the New York Convention.
Umer also writes on topics related to international arbitration and dispute resolution for various publications. He is the co-author of the Pakistan Chapter of GAR Investment Treaty Know-How for the Global Arbitration Review.
Umer is teaching Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration to second and third year LL.B students this semester.
Maria Farooq is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, has a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Law (B.A/LL.B) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Maria is currently working as a Senior Associate at Axis Law Chambers, a law firm based in Lahore, which specializes in dispute resolution, transactional advisory and consultancy services.
She has previously worked as a Managing Associate at MJLA LEGAL, a specialist business law firm that provides legal solutions to large organizations for high-value, challenging, and complex transactions, projects, and disputes. She has gained expertise in corporate, commercial, transactional and advisory work relating to mergers and acquisitions, labour and employment, intellectual property, telecommunication, foreign exchange and taxation laws of Pakistan. Maria has been recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific for her expertise in corporate and commercial laws.
Maria has also co-authored the Pakistan chapters in “Foreign Investment Regulation Review”, 2nd edition, 2015, published by Law Business Research Limited, UK, in The Law Review series as well as in “Arbitration World”, 5th edition, 2015, published by Sweet and Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, UK, as part of the European Lawyer Reference series.
Maria is teaching Introduction to Legal Reasoning to B.A Law major students this semester.
Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri
Zafar Kalanauri is a leading practitioner in the areas of civil law, family law, banking law, company law and arbitration, and is a Senior Partner at Zafar Kalanauri & Associates. He has received training in Mediation Skills by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), UK, and is on the panel of mediators at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce Mediation Centre. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator at the Centre for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA).
He was elected: President of the Lahore Bar Association (1996-97); Member of the Punjab Bar Council (Session 2000-05); and Vice President of the Pakistan Mediators Association, a position he currently holds.
He has worked extensively on the Civil Justice Reform Project, which successfully ran pilot projects for expeditious disposal of family and commercial cases by employing case management and mediation techniques.
Zafar has also published in leading law journals and newspapers on legal, political, human rights and social issues. He was the editor of the Comparative Law Journal, a publication of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
Zafar is teaching Legal Aid Clinic II to final year LL.B students this semester.
Asher Qazi is primarily driven to study the causes and consequences of legal intervention, particularly in the South Asian context. His research interests include: judicial behavior; law and society; law and politics; and the economic analysis of law.
Asher’s diverse experience as a practitioner includes working as a Senior Corporate Associate at Haidermota BNR & Co., and clerking for the Hon’ble Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Asher remains actively involved in legal reform and policy issues and has also previously been engaged as a consultant by the Federal Judicial Academy and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Asher is a member of the New York State bar and an advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at The University of Chicago Law School where he also completed his LL.M., as a Fulbright scholar. Asher is a graduate of the LUMS B.A/LL.B program and a receipt of the distinguished LUMS NMF Gold Medal for Law.
Asher is teaching Courts as Political Institutions to second and third year LL.B students this semester.
Sahar Zareen Bandial
Sahar Bandial is an Advocate of the High Court. She earned a Tripos in Law from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and completed her B.A (Hons.) in Political Science from Wellesley College in 2008. Sahar has since her return to Pakistan worked on a range of constitutional, company, banking, taxation and civil matters. She has recently joined Hamid Law Associates, and was previously working as an Associate at Raja Muhammad Akram & Co. and Bandial & Associates.
Sahar has a keen interest in gender and law, and has been involved in various consultations with the Office of Ombudsperson for Protection of Women from Harassment at the Workplace and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women. Sahar was also involved in drafting the Anti-Rape Bill, which was passed into law in 2016, and amended the substantive and procedural law governing rape in Pakistan. In partnership with the American Bar Association, she is currently running a Legislative Drafting Clinic at LUMS with Professor Uzair Kayani. Sahar is also working with the Punjab Judicial Academy as an instructor in its General Training Programme for Civil Judges and Additional District Judges. She regularly writes for the Express Tribune on legal and social issues.
Sahar has been involved in/assisted senior counsel in the following cases:
Constitutional challenge to the imposition of luxury tax on houses under the Punjab Finance Act, 2014.
2013 SCMR 203 Salman Akram Raja v. Federation of Pakistan (Supreme Court’s directions on mandatory DNA testing for and the adoption of special protective procedural measures in rape trials).
PLD 2013 SC 1 Muhammad Asghar Khan v. Mirza Aslam Baig (involving a constitutional challenge to the president’s/army’s interference in the 1990 elections, and the adoption by the Supreme Court of the unlawful command theory to members of the Armed Forces).
PLD 2010 SC 1165 Nadeem Ahmed v. Federation of Pakistan (involving a constitutional challenge to the judicial appointments process under the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act 2010).
Sahar is teaching Legal Writing and Research Methods to first year LL.B students this semester.
Waqqas Mir is an Advocate of the High Court and a partner at Axis Law Chambers. He regularly appears in courts across Pakistan on behalf of major corporations as well as public sector organizations in cases relating to lending disputes, enforcement of security, investigation of companies, shareholders’ disputes and challenges to the constitutionality of various laws. He also litigates regularly regarding environmental law as well as animal rights.
In 2015-2016, Waqqas was appointed as amicus curiae on four different occasions by the Lahore High Court in matters relating to taxation, energy, interpretation of the Constitution of Pakistan and environment and local government. Waqqas routinely advises local and foreign clients on regulatory compliance relating to doing business in Pakistan, capital markets, merger control, public procurement as well as public-private partnerships. From 2009 to 2010 he also served as a Joint Director (Legal Division) at the Competition Commission of Pakistan. For the past three years Waqqas has contributed the annual Pakistan Chapter to Getting the Deal Through Merger Control guide (published by Law Business Research Limited, UK, in collaboration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer).
Waqqas writes a weekly column for one of Pakistan’s leading English language newspapers and is regularly invited to speak about digital rights, Internet law and policy, online surveillance and privacy.
He is a graduate of the University of London and Harvard Law School. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. Waqqas feels that cricket is the most cerebral and beautiful sport imaginable. Regardless of what his friends think, he is an ardent admirer of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Waqqas is teaching Moot Court to final year LL.B students this semester.
Zaki Rahman is a partner at the law firm of “LMA Ebrahim Hosain” and practices across a wide spectrum of areas including commercial law, company law, financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas law, initial public offers, infrastructure projects, telecommunications law, privatizations, real estate, sports law, constitutional and administrative law and labour law. He also has experience of litigation and contentious work in the High Courts and in international arbitrations as well as before regulators including the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.
Zaki obtained his LL.B (Hons.) degree from the University of Sussex in 2000 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003. He has been consistently ranked by the prestigious international legal guide “Chambers & Partners” as a recommended corporate/commercial lawyer in Pakistan. Recent work includes:
- acting for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in its LNG import agreements and gas sale and transportation contracts for power projects;
- acting for the Pakistan Cricket Board in connection with the structuring of the Pakistan Super League (the first franchise based sports league in Pakistan) and sale of media, sponsorship and related rights in excess of US$100 million;
- representing the Government of Punjab on one of the largest mining projects in Pakistan;
- advising the British American Tobacco Group on its business in Pakistan;
- advising Shell International Limited on Pakistani law related matters;
- representing a client in LCIA arbitrations in connection with disputes arising from gas supply agreements with certain power projects;
- representing a client in the Lahore High Court in a matter involving fundamental legal issues relating to enforceability of domestic arbitration awards.
Since 2009, Zaki has been the Pakistan contributor on corporate and contractual law issues for the annual "Doing Business" report of the World Bank. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Rising, a not-for-profit society established for the promotion of education and human resource development in Pakistan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Jabberwock Ventures Limited, a Dubai based IT venture.
He is married with two children. His interests include playing tennis, reading and travelling.
Zaki is teaching Legal Practice II to third year LL.B students this semester.
Asim Zulfiqar Ali
Asim Zulfiqar Ali, Chartered Accountant by profession, is a partner in the Lahore Office of A. F. Ferguson & Co. – a member firm of PwC network in Pakistan. Asim has over 17 years of diversified experience in dealing with corporate, taxation and related matters for various local and multinational companies, including public sector organizations.
From 2013-2015, Asim was a member of the Tax Advisory Council constituted by the Federal Board of Revenue for the purpose of providing input on different tax policy issues and recommending new tax measures to the Federal Government. He has also assisted the Lahore High Court as amicus curiae in various complex taxation cases.
Asim is teaching Tax Law to second and third year LL.B students this semester.
Saad Rasool is a lawyer and columnist, based in Lahore. He received his BA (Hons.) degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College, in 2002. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, he joined Merrill Lynch in the Global Markets and Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch, New York, where he last worked as a Vice President in the Structured Finance Group.
Thereafter, in 2008, he received a degree in law (LL.B Hons.) from the University of London, and later LL.M. from Harvard Law School where he was the Commencement Speaker for his graduating class. Saad’s professional activities extend to a wide array of areas, including Civil, Criminal and Constitutional Law.
Saad frequently speaks at conferences, workshops and colloquia around the world. He writes a weekly column for The Nation and contributes to other leading national and international newspapers including Dawn, The News, Pakistan Today, and Al-Jazeera International.
Saad is teaching Legal Writing and Research Methods to first year LL.B students this semester.
Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan
Maria Khan graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Cambridge from where she holds a BA/MA (Law Tripos). Maria was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln's Inn and was a recipient of the Hardwicke Award. Subsequently she has worked in leading international law firms in both London and New York.
Maria is a Senior Partner at UTMPS and spends most of her time at the firm’s offices in U.A.E. Her practice focuses on Patent and Trademark work with a special interest in litigation and regional portfolio management for her clients. Maria is a member of INTA, AIPLA, ECTA and other leading IP associations. She has spoken at IACC and other international conferences and has authored papers in various IP publications.
Maria holds a Patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London, and enjoys baking and travelling in her spare time.
Maria is teaching Competition Law and Antitrust to second and third year LL.B students this semester.