Axis Law Chambers

Advocates & Legal Consultants

Axis Law Chambers

Axis Law Chambers is one of Pakistan’s fastest growing law firms specializing in commercial dispute resolution as well as transactional advisory, and consultancy services. Axis Law’s headquarters are based in Lahore with links in all provinces of Pakistan and the Federal Capital, Islamabad. We represent clients across Pakistan as well as internationally. We also routinely liaison with select law firms and individual counsel domestically and globally.

JABRAN TARIQ BUTT Advocate High Court
JABRAN TARIQ BUTT
Advocate High Court

Jabran is a Senior Associate at Axis Law with over 14 years of dispute resolution experience (including domestic arbitrations). Jabran started his career handling criminal trial and appellate work and then focused on civil litigation relating to commercial disputes, property disputes, land revenue matters and consumer complaints. In his long dispute resolution career Jabran has appeared before many different courts and tribunals including arbitral tribunals and is thus well versed with the litigation landscape and what it takes to pursue a case effectively. Jabran has particular banking law expertise having conducted several complex legal audits on behalf of banks and routinely acts for banks in pre-disbursement due diligence of finance and security documentation. Jabran has also led teams of lawyers in conducting due diligence of target entities and assets on behalf of multinational acquirers in the telecom and IT sectors. Jabran is a licensed Advocate of the High Court and an LL.B. graduate from the University of the Punjab, Lahore with a B.A. from Government College University, Lahore.

MIAN WAJAHAT ALI Advocate High Court
MIAN WAJAHAT ALI
Advocate High Court

Wajahat is a Senior Associate at Axis Law with over six years of civil, commercial/banking, constitutional law and criminal litigation experience. He has handled complex issues and disputes before the High Courts, lower courts, specialized tribunals and different regulatory bodies relating to real estate, banking, service matters, educational institutions, NAB, family matters, rent issues, customs, recovery and securitization of loans and inheritance. On the transactional side, Wajahat’s understanding of property and municipal legislation enables him to help clients address challenges relating to transfer of property and local regulations on a regular basis. Wajahat is a licensed Advocate of the High Court and an LL.B. graduate of the University of Punjab with a B.A. from Government College University, Lahore.

MUHAMMAD GHASSAN GONDAL Advocate High Court
MUHAMMAD GHASSAN GONDAL
Advocate High Court

Ghassan joined Axis Law as a Senior Associate in 2016 prior to which he was an associate at one of the Pakistan’s largest law firms. Ghassan is a member of Axis Law’s Projects practice group and has extensive experience in advising local and international clients on all aspects of big Energy, Power (wind, solar, bagasse, coal and thermal) and Infrastructure Projects. Ghassan is a Project Finance specialist although he regularly represents clients on the project side as well. He has in-depth knowledge of public procurement laws and policies including those applicable to projects funded by international development institutions. Ghassan is an Advocate High Court and a Barrister-at-Law (the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK). He is an LL.B. (Hons) graduate from the University of Buckingham, UK and an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator (accredited by the ADR Group (U.K)).

MARIA FAROOQ Advocate High Court
MARIA FAROOQ
Advocate High Court

Maria is a Senior Associate at Axis Law with over 3 years of transactional/corporate law advisory experience. Her areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, labour and employment law, intellectual property, taxation, telecommunication and foreign exchange laws. She recently advised an international development group based in the U.K on the legal and regulatory framework applicable to their business operations in Pakistan. She was also part of the Pakistan legal team advising a global telecommunication operator on the launch of its products in Pakistan. Maria is an Advocate of the High Court; has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate/Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (B.A.-LL.B (Hons.)) from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan (LUMS). She is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law, LUMS. She has been recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific for her experience in handling M&A work and for her knowledge of telecoms laws.

HASSAN ALI Advocate
HASSAN ALI
Advocate

Hassan is an Associate at Axis Law with almost three years of civil litigation and arbitration experience. Hassan is a key member of two Axis teams involved in two parallel ICSID and ICC arbitrations as well as an LCIA arbitration. Hassan has carried out extensive research on key international conventions relating to arbitration and arbitral rules governing different types of international arbitration and is intimately familiar with substantive private and public international law issues that typically arise in such arbitrations including threshold conflict of laws issues. On the domestic front, Hassan is involved in the firm’s civil litigation practice and regularly appears before the Civil lower courts and the District courts. During the past year, Hassan was also a member of the core Axis team that completed several due diligence assignments in the M&A context for various clients. Hassan is a licensed Advocate of the lower courts and has a B.A.-L.L.B. from the Sheikh Ahmed Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore where he studied throughout on a scholarship.

NESHAY AQUEEL Advocate
NESHAY AQUEEL
Advocate

Neshay is an Associate at Axis Law where she has so far worked on both commercial law related disputes and transactions. She is involved with Axis Law’s litigation team and is an Advocate of the Lower Courts with an LL.B. (Hons.) from the University of Kent, UK with distinctions in Public Law, Equity and Trusts, and Skills of Argument, and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) with a concentration in Dispute Resolution from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH T. GULZAR
MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH T. GULZAR

Abdullah is an Associate at Axis Law and involved with Axis Law’s international arbitration work matters involving commercial disputes and transactions especially relating to labour and employment law. Abdullah was called to the Bar in 2016, by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, UK. He is an LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from the University of London, UK (International Programmes), completing his studies at The Institute of Legal Studies, Lahore.

SYEDA RUBAB RIZVI Advocate
SYEDA RUBAB RIZVI
Advocate

Rubab is an Associate at Axis Law and a member of the firm’s Projects practice group. Rubab’s practice focuses on advising private and public sector clients on privatizations, real estate projects, mergers and acquisitions, power projects as well as general corporate and commercial matters. Rubab is an Advocate of the lower courts and an LL.B. graduate from the University of London (External Program).

FATIMA MALIK Advocate
FATIMA MALIK
Advocate

Fatima is an Associate at Axis Law. Her areas of practice include commercial contracts, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, tax laws, company law, labour and employment laws, intellectual property laws, competition law and foreign exchange laws. Fatima’s past work experience includes work as a Paralegal on real estate and property matters at a law firm in London, UK and as a Business Analyst in an international trade consultancy in Dubai, UAE. Fatima is an Advocate of the lower courts and a Solicitor (Solicitors Regulation Authority, UK). She is a law graduate of the University of London (LL.B.) and holds a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from BPP Law School, London.

HAMMAYLE HASSAN Advocate
HAMMAYLE HASSAN
Advocate

Hammayle is an Associate at Axis Law and has extensive experience in working on matters (both contentious and non-contentious) related to constitutional law, banking law, company law, property law, labour and employment law and
 environmental law. Hammayle is an Advocate of the lower courts and regularly represents clients before the Civil lower courts and the District courts. She is a LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from the University of London (International Programmes) and holds an LL.M. in International Business Law from BPP Law School, London.

MUHAMMAD KAZIM Advocate
MUHAMMAD KAZIM
Advocate

Muhammad Kazim is an Associate at Axis Law and part of Axis Law’s litigation team. Like Hassan Niazi, Kazim has the unique distinction of obtaining a “First” in the University of London, UK’s (International Programmes) LL.B. (Hons.) completing his studies at The Institute of Legal Studies, Lahore. Kazim was one of only nine students in the world awarded First Class Honors in the programme for 2016.

OUR SERVICES

ADVISORY / TRANSACTIONAL

Our lawyers have vast experience in advising clients on the different stages of commercial transactions of various kinds. We specialize in structuring and documenting complex commercial transactions including both domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of economic sectors.

Working independently or on occasions in collaboration with foreign law firms as local counsel we are able to provide multinational entities and interests with the specialized legal expertise required to structure international business transactions.

We routinely provide advice on an on-going basis to commercial ventures and projects. At the beginning of a project we have advised and opined on entity formation, drafting of contractual obligations, finance documentation and other instruments as well as on the impact of legislation, specifically tax laws.

During the course of a project we have advised on potential claims, management of filed claims as well as drafted demands, notices and other documents required by the project contracts. At any stage in relation to potential or actual disputes we have advised on prospects, jurisdiction, evidence, quantum, settlement, enforcement and appeal.

Other non-contentious transactional work is carried out routinely for clients ranging from established financial institutions to start-up small and medium enterprises focusing on all sectors of the economy. We aim to provide advice in the format which suits the needs of the client, whether by telephone, by email, in writing or in person in conference.

ARBITRATION

Arbitration is synonymous with many of the industry sectors in which we operate. As a result, Axis Law specializes in handling domestic as well as international arbitrations (i.e. international commercial as well as investment arbitrations) covering ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID. In particular, our Partners have represented the Government of Pakistan and a provincial government in their defence of two parallel ICSID and ICC arbitrations commenced by a foreign investor in addition to having represented state-owned enterprises, domestic and foreign clients in ICC and LCIA international commercial arbitrations, several construction arbitrations as well as litigation arising out of such arbitrations.

 

CONSULTANCY – LAW & DEVELOPMENT

Our partner Ali Zahid Rahim has worked at the legal department of The World Bank (at the headquarters in Washington, DC) as an ‘operations’ lawyer and as an ‘advisory’ lawyer (the legal department is organized along regional ‘operations’ and cross-regional ‘advisory’ practice groups). He was the lead counsel in charge of negotiating two development projects in Afghanistan and Bangladesh and worked on projects in countries as far apart as Cambodia and Botswana.

As counsel at the cross-regional Advisory practice group focusing on private sector development, finance sector reform and infrastructure projects, Ali was a member of various multi-disciplinary project teams acting as consultants to client governments (at different stages of economic development) carrying out law reform programmes.

Other Partners have been involved in short-term consultancy assignments for the Asian Development Bank in projects related to legislative and judicial reforms. Axis Law Chambers possesses the experience and the expertise in providing innovative and well-balanced consultancy services — premised always on in-depth comparative analysis.

LITIGATION

Our litigation practitioners bring to our practice a formidable experience of commercial, corporate, constitutional, civil and criminal litigation before various courts in Pakistan. Axis Law’s lawyers provide representation at all levels including pre-trial, trial and appellate stages.

From banking and finance disputes to tax litigation to white-collar crime to property disputes, our lawyers are equipped to provide result-oriented professional representation of the highest quality. Our lawyers regularly appear before trial courts as well as the High Courts throughout the country. In the past, our lawyers have also assisted senior counsel in many cases before the Supreme Court. Additionally, our lawyers provide representation before administrative / regulatory authorities as well as specialized tribunals.

MEDIATION

Clients in our core areas of work often seek to resolve disputes by alternative means of dispute resolution and mediation, in specific. Our Partners – Mian Tariq Hassan and Ali Zahid Rahim are accredited mediators – accredited by the renowned London-based Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). Both Tariq and Ali are experts in analyzing underlying claims, considering settlement options and acting solely or as part of a team representing the client’s interests at the mediation session itself.

Tariq and Ali also accept appointments to act as mediators in disputes and are registered mediators i.e. duly registered with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Mediation Centre.

OUR AREAS

OUR INDUSTRIES

CONTACT US

Axis Law Chambers
5-S Gulberg II,
Lahore, Pakistan 54660

House 352, Street 68, M.P.C.H.S. E-11/3,
Islamabad, Pakistan,
Landline: +92-51-8431474

Office Hours
9.00am – 7.00pm
Monday to Saturday

info@axislaw.pk careers@axislaw.pk

 

+92 42 35750930-32

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