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).
Specialisation: Legal Writing and Research Methods; Introduction to Pakistan Legal System