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Practice Areas

Civil Law
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The experience of our lawyers in contentious commercial and civil litigation spans over a number of years. Not only do we regularly represent multinationals and local corporations before the Supreme Court, High Courts of Pakistan and the subordinate District Courts, but also counsel Government functionaries on complex constitutional matters.

The spectrum of our litigation practice ranges from property law disputes, real estate and construction matters, constitutional petitions, white-collar crime, contractual disputes, intellectual property matters, employment disputes, taxation and customs duty assessments and liabilities, domestic and family disputes, shipping and admiralty, telecommunications, as well as media.

Criminal Law
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Criminal law concerns the system of legal rules that define what conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes. In instances where an individual fails to adhere to a particular criminal statute, he or she commits a criminal act by breaking the law.

Criminal Law is an extreme field of practice coverning all those aspects that entail crime as its factor. Every act or omission that violates a command, derives its force from legislature or from authority – either political or religious – that has absolute sway over the matters of state is considered to be a crime. This is the reason that state stands as a prosecutor against the alleged culprit.

Pakistan has a very detailed criminal law that is though outdated to some extent but it tends to cover all aspects that do constitute a crime. To understand the criminal law in Pakistan one needs to understand the socio cultural phenomena of this country also. Most of the criminal law that has been prevailing in Pakistan was introduced by the British Empire when India was a colony and Pakistan was part of it. Even then a care was taken to understand the social conditions and criminal law was tried to be conditioned according to the cultural circumstances of the colony. This is the reason that it was willfully accepted by India and Pakistan both after their freedom from British Empire. Code of Criminal Procedure (V of 1898) that was implemented in colony is still largely the prescribed criminal procedure followed by the courts in Pakistan. Similarly the Penal Code (XLV of 1860) that was introduced in colony is still largely followed in shape of Pakistan Penal Code

Service Employment & Labour
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We provide legal advice and representation to our domestic and international clients in relation to all matters pertaining to employment and labour laws, and we also provide advice in matters relating to the complex legalities of human resource management.

Our services include advice in relation to employment, termination, regulatory requirements and dispute resolution. We continue to represent companies, employees and civil servants before the Labour Courts, Service Tribunals, High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan.

In addition, we advise businesses of all sizes, i.e. from start-ups to international Fortune 500 companies on the different facets of employee benefit programs, including EOBI and Provident Funds.

Real Estate & Construction
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We understand the dynamics of real estate from all legal tangents. Our clients include property developers, public and private owners, operators, investors, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, lenders and real estate investment trusts.

We have extensive experience in advising clients on real estate development, construction and conveyancing matters, and have successfully represented parties at all legal forums in relation to property ownership, rent and construction disputes.

In addition, we offer legal advice and due diligence for clients investing in real estate, drafting legal documentation for property acquisition and construction as well as negotiating terms of appointments on behalf of construction companies in relation to infrastructure construction projects. Our team handles conveyancing, mutations and registrations on behalf of our clients before various land registries and registrars of assurances.

Taxation & Corporate

We advise and represent a number of clients on contentious tax and customs related matters, before government authorities as well as the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan. Our practice covers advice and representation in matters involving corporate taxation, sales tax, income tax, property tax, custom duties, coercive recovery by the Federal Board of Revenue and other local government taxes.

Our tax practice accommodates businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals who are seeking guidance and counseling pertaining to all aspects of provincial and federal taxation. Our advocates have helped numerous individuals and business entities to manage their taxation figures, as we know taxes dictate vital business decisions, including where to locate, how to structure, who to hire, etc. Our services include tax planning considerations in structuring corporate mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs, partnership issues, tax issues in commercial loans, leases and work-outs, real estate tax issues, tax matters of concern to international clients with business operations in Pakistan or the overseas, and tax litigation, etc.

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Our firm has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal prosecution/defense from investigation to trial and beyond, as well as in advising businesses and individuals in relation to the legal strategies which they need to take in order to mitigate the loss/damage.

Our firm’s advocates have advised and represented several high-profile individuals, both at the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan that had matters that involved complex legal and evidentiary issues. We can deal with a wide array of issues in this area, including but not limited to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), money laundering, international banking fraud and illegal property transactions.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property refers to creations of the intellect for which a monopoly is assigned to designated owners by law. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are the protections granted to the creators of IP, and include Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Industrial Design Rights, and in some jurisdictions, trade secrets. It is important to note that even artistic works including music and literature, as well as inventions, words, phrases, symbols, and designs can all be protected as intellectual property.

There is nothing more deflating than to see someone claiming your intellectual property/invention/discovery as theirs. Also, the risk of online theft and data breach has increased tenfold since the dawn of the digital paradigm. In light of the above statement, our attorneys offer a comprehensive range of legal services for the identification, development, acquisition and protection of intellectual property assets and related technology. Our advocates have represented various companies and individuals in relation to their IPRs and infringements, and have successfully obtained favorable orders from the Honorable Courts on behalf of our clients.

Family Law
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Here you may find information about family law in Pakistan. Our team of family lawyers best assist their clients in resolving family law affairs herein Pakistan. The legal system is based on English common law and Islamic law. The former is more influential in commercial law while the later is more influential in personal status (and more recently, criminal and tax law to some extent).

After the partition of India in 1947, the legislation relating to Muslim family law introduced in British India continued to govern personal status. A seven-member Commission on Marriage and Family Laws was established in 1955 with a remit to consider the personal status laws applicable in the new state and determine the areas needing reform. The Commission submitted its report in 1956, suggesting a number of reforms, including, for example, the consideration of all triple talaqs (except for the third of three) as single, revocable repudiations.

Court Marriage
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Our Law Firm is commonly engaged for court marriages legal services. Our Support Staff shall facilitate court nikahnama as well as affidavit of Free Will, which is legally recognized and enforceable under Muslim Personal Law.

The procedure for court marriage is to supply copies of National Identity Card, Two copies of photos with white or blue background and proper verification of age and identity. The minimum age for a Girl to get married is 16 and for a boy is 18 years. Age verification is necessary and the same can be done by way of producing copies of National Identity Card, Form B or Educational Certificate.

We keep the record of our clients confidential and secure and therefore you can trust on our ability to serve you in the best possible manner.

Documents Attestation

Authentication would be referred as the procedure of verification as to official nature of a document or certificate. Authentication of a document ensures acceptance at its face value on a foreign land. On the other hand, confirmation of the genuineness of a seal or stamp or signature on a document by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is regarded as legalisation. The legalisation process also validates the capacity in which the signatory entity has signed the document. Furthermore, attestation is the process of providing a witness to a signature on a document by another signature to verify the document has been duly signed by the entities bound by the document’s contents.

ZA-LLP provides professional attestation and legalisation services in Pakistan, since we have our branches in all major cities throughout the country. We provide professional document authentication, attestation and legalisation services. Our legalisation services help our clients in obtaining an apostille or an embassy legalisation for their documents covering more than 100 jurisdictions across the globe. An apostille, attestation or embassy legalisation certifies the authenticity of documents issued in one country, before they can be accepted by government and overseas corporate establishments. We provide finest document legalisation services as well as the procurment of civil and commercial documents like police clearance certificate, single status certificate, duplicate degree certificate, marriage certificate from concerned authorties. We provide complete assistance to attest your documents quickly with affordable cost.

Banking Law
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Here you may find information on banking law in Pakistan. Our dedicated team of professional lawyers may best assists their clients in resolving banking law issues in Pakistan.

We deal in establishment, incorporation and share capital in Banking Companies, Cooperative Banks and Financial Institutions, Transactions of Banking Business, Suspension of Business and Winding up of Banking Business, Recovery of Loans, Mortgage Matters, Landlord & Tenant, Debtor & Creditor, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Bank Secrecy Matters and Negotiable Instruments etc.

We also deal with the matters relating to borrowing, raising or taking up of money, the lending or advancing of money either upon or without security, all kinds regarding bills of exchange, hundis, promissory notes, coupons, drafts, bills of lading, railway receipts, warrants, debentures, certificates including participation term certificates, modaraba certificates and musharika certificates etc and dealing in bullion and species, buying and selling of foreign exchange including foreign bank notes, the acquiring, holding, issuing on commission, underwriting and dealing in stock, funds, shares, debentures, bonds, obligations and securities, all kinds of investments, the receiving of all kinds of bonds, scripts or valuable on deposits.

Cyber Crime Law

The leading Law Firm of Cyber crime cases is Proficient Lawyers, who have dealt with numerous Cyber Crime cases lately.

With the growth of the internet, wired and wireless networks, web cameras, and the easy availability of information, smart phones, and tablets, opportunities for computer-based crime are growing, and law enforcement is devoting increasing resources to these cases. Commonly referred to as Cyber Crime, these violations involve activity where a computer or network is the source, tool, target, or place of a crime.

Also on the rise are false allegations of cyber stalking, snooping, and improper access to personal information. Too often, “online relationships” that result in hurt feelings lead to allegations of impropriety and sometimes criminal prosecutions. Due to the commerce clause of the federal constitution, nearly any crime involving a computer can be brought in federal court, as well as in state court.

Consumer Law

Consumer protection law or consumer law is considered as an area of law that regulates private law relationships between individual consumers and the businesses who are selling those goods and services.

The idea of consumer protection laws was firstly adopted in Pakistan by the Federal Government in 1995 when The Islamabad Consumer Protection Act, 1995 was passed. Later on The Provincial Governments followed this pattern and the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa passed The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Consumer Protection Act, 1997. The provincial assembly of Baluchistan passed The Balochistan Consumer Protection Act, 2003, the provincial assembly of Punjab passed The Punjab Consumers Protection Act, 2005 and provincial assembly of Sindh passed a Consumer Protection Bill in 2015 to protect the rights of consumers. The basic purpose of making these Acts, a part of our legislation, is to establish a prosperous society where all consumers may feel themselves secured and where there is no room exists for fraudulent acts.

After the approval of these Acts, district consumer courts are established for all the districts of Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan while the enactment in Sindh province is in process, so that people may easily access to these courts for the protection of their rights. Along these district consumer courts a network of district consumer protection councils has been spread in all four provinces of Pakistan. These councils are established to create awareness among masses about their basic rights and benefits as a consumer.

Constitutional Matter
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Constitutional law is a body of law which defines the role, powers, and structure of distinct organisational units within a governmental setup, namely, the executive, the parliament or legislature, and the judiciary; as well as the basic rights of citizens. You may find the info here about the constitutional law, law of writs and jurisdiction of courts in Pakistan.

Constitution is not an ordinary statute made in ordinary legal procedure. It is the creation of a Constitutional Act and therefore the sanctity of a Constitution is much higher than any statute made by the legislature. A Statute is an act to fulfill a particular social, political or economic need and so its efficacy of importance does not endure so long. But a Constitution is made to endure with the avowed purpose to fulfill the aspiration of the people who made it. It is by the people, for the people and a documentation of the cherished good of the people. Constitutions are not conceived and acted in vacuum, and as an instrument of Government. It is always intended the condition and as it is itself conditioned by the circumstance and environment of the community whose activities seek it to regulate. It is never internal and differs from other laws only in respect of general national purpose, it has in view. Constitution, written – unwritten has a philosophy of its own: it is the means of ordering the life of people. This way we should have good understanding of our constitution.

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