About Us

The Firm Zafar Kalanauri & Associates deals in both contentious and non-contentious litigation before all forums. The firm specialises in Civil, Criminal, Banking, Company, Service, Labour, Rent, Arbitration, Torts, Mediation, Intelectual Property Rights and Family matters. The firm has successfully handled more than 10,000 cases before different forums, including a number of important Constitutional and Public Interest matters and many of the cases have been reported in law journals. The firm consists of 11 attorneys at law, which provides a complete range of expertise.

PARTNERS:

 

Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri

Professional: A lawyer by third generation practising since 1986.One of the leading trial lawyers of Lahore, in Civil, Family, Rent, Arbitration, Banking and Company matters. Currently Senior Partner of law firm Zafar Kalanauri & Associates.

Mediation:  Zafar Kalanauri has resolved a number of disputes through Mediation for which he got Mediation Skills Training & Accreditation from leading Mediators of U.S.A & U.K. He is an Accredited Mediator from U.S.A & CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) U.K. He is Accredited Mediation Master Trainer  from CEDR  & IFC. He is on the panel of Mediators of Lahore Chamber of  Commerce & Industry (LCCI) Dispute Resolution Centre. He is the Executive Director of Pakistan Alternate Dispute Resolution the only private forum in Pakistan where the experts in different fields resolve disputes outside the courtroom using different ADR mechanisms. Presently engaged as Alternative Dispute Resolution Expert, for Technical Assistance Project of Strengthening of Institutional Capacity for Judicial and Legal Reform in Pakistan by the Asian Development Bank. Drafted Rules of Mediation & Conciliation For Court Annexed ADR under Section 89-A Civil Procedure Code.

Member ADR/Mediation Legislative Committee of Federal Minister of Law Justice & Parliamentary Affairs on law reforms including new draft of Section 89A and full fledged Law on Mediation.
Member ADR/Mediation Working Group ADR/Mediation Pilot Project at Karachi for Institutionalizing Mediation in Pakistan of International Finance Corporation IFC (World Bank Group) & Chief Justice of Sindh High Court. Drafted Model Rules of Business(RoBs)  for Musalihat Anjuman under Gender Justice Through Musalihat Anjuman Project (GJTMAP) of Government of Pakistan & UNDP for  “Constitution and Mobilization of the Musalihat Anjumans in all Union Councils in the pilot districts”. Presently Member Steering Committee National Law University a project of Higher Education Commission. Member Legal Education Commission formed by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Teaching:  Teaching at Lahore University of Management Sciences  (LUMS), Pakistan College of Law, Human Resource Development Centre (Government of Punjab), Federal Judicial Academy &  PILDOT (Government of Pakistan) since 1997.Developed a number of new courses including, Advocacy Training Skills, Civil Litigation, Mediation Training. Due to educational background as an electronics engineer regularly use Audio Visuals for teaching, training and presentations. Produced few Training Videos on legal issues for training purposes. An independent, non-profit affiliate of National Legal Education Network, working to improve Legal Education in Pakistan. Serve on committees at local, state and national levels dealing with legal education reform.

International Exposure: Visited USA Four times on the invitation of Institute for the Study & Development of Legal Systems (I.S.D.LS), San Francisco to study the USA legal system. Especially with regard to the implementation of different ADR Mechanisms like Case Management, Court Settlement, Early Neutral Evaluation, Non-Binding Arbitration and Mediation for quick resolution of disputes, as an alternative to adversarial system. Continuously involved (as leader of the core group) with the ‘Civil Justice Reform Project’ being carried by the ISDLS & USIS, Pakistan since 1997, which successfully ran Pilot Projects for expeditious disposal of Family cases and Commercial Cases by use of Case Management & Mediation Techniques Represented Pakistan in a number of Seminars, Workshops and Conferences in USA, UK, France, China, Bangladesh and Singapore.

Publications:  Over 70 articles published in leading law journals and newspapers on legal, political, human rights and social issues. Regularly take part in Seminars, Conferences, and Talk Shows on the aforesaid issues. Got powerful communication & oratory skills A Book on “Advocacy Training Skills” is under publication and busy in writing another book on “ADR Mechanisms”. Beyond his domestic impact, his international experience and visibility are extensive He  has  studied legal systems of seven countries of the World and wrote articles on the same. Editor “Comparative Law Journal” (A publication of Lahore High Court Bar Association). Drafted Punjab Consumer Protection Act, 2005, Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 2005, model Drugs Act and Human Rights Act, Drafted model ADR Rules for Court Annexed ADR.2005 Drafted Model Rules of Business 2005  for Musalihat Anjuman under the Local Government Ordinance.

Leadership:  A courageous leader in an area of critical importance: the Lawyers Community of Pakistan, their rights and their productive and humane integration into society. Elected as the youngest ever President of Lahore Bar Association (1996-97) the largest District Bar of Asia, in its’ more than 100 years old history with record number of votes.Elected as Member Punjab Bar Council, (Session 2000- 05), polled the maximum number of votes out of 101 elected Members of the Provincial Bar, who are elected for a term of five years, and are also the electoral college for Pakistan Bar Council.He is currently Vice President of Pakistan Mediators Association(PMA).

Law Reforms An indefatigable and effective mobilizer and organizer of Stakeholders Reformists and Change Makers in the Pakistani Legal system. Achievements are diverse and high-impact As Chairman Law Reforms, Legal Education & Examination Committees of Punjab Bar Council Prepared and got implemented the Written Bar Entrance Examination for the new entrants to the legal profession in Punjab. This was the first enforcement program of its kind, and has become a model for other Provinces. As a Member of the team of Pakistan College of Law prepared a Computerized Bar Entrance Examination, which has principally been approved by Punjab Bar Council and shall be implemented shortly. As a Member Legal Education Committee of Pakistan Bar Council (Session 2001-2006) involved in framing uniform Rules for Written Bar Examination in all the Provinces of Pakistan and implementation/adoption of Rules of Affiliation of Private Law Colleges as recommended by Pakistan Bar Council. As Member of the Committee of Pakistan Bar Council, Provincial Bar Councils and Universities of Pakistan imparting Legal Education, involved in preparing syllabus for introduction of ‘Law’ as Elective/Optional subject at B.A. level. As Member of Inter-University Course Curriculum Committee of Inter-University Faculty Board of the Government of Punjab developed and reviewed the curriculum in the subject of Law (2004). Introduced ADR as a subject in LLB and developed the course structure. As Chairman Law Reforms Committee Lahore High Court Bar Association 2000,2001,2002,2003 & 2005 Due to remarkable skill in mobilizing diverse communities, organized a number of educational programs, training workshops and seminars, on different legal subjects at Lahore High Court. As a Coordinator ran a pilot project, “National Advocacy Training Skills Program” for the new entrants to the legal profession/young attorneys with 3 to 8 years standing. (A project sponsored by British Council in collaboration of Bar Associations of Pakistan & Bar of England & Wales).Proposed a number of changes for improvement, of present laws to, Law Commission & Law Ministry. Proposed several Amendments in Family Laws, C.P.C & Smalls Claims Tribunal Act. Some of these recommendations have been accepted. Successfully lobbied for Legislation and inclusion of ADR in Pakistani Judicial System. Proposed amendments to, Civil Procedure Code and High Court Rules, which are under consideration by the Rules Committee of Lahore High Court. Participated in a number of Training Programs, Short Courses and Video-Conferences arranged by Lahore American Canter and British Council on legal topics. Arranged Training Workshops for the Judges of Subordinate Courts under the leadership of Chief Justice of Lahore High Court. Drafted Alternate Dispute Resolution Act,2016.

 Mian Iqbal Hussain Kalanauri

Mian Iqbal Hussain Kalanauri is the Senior Advocate Supreme Court & High Courts of Pakistan. He is in private practice since 1952 and one of the leading lawyers of Pakistan, in all kind of Civil & Corporate matters.

JUNIOR PARTNERS:

Ch. Muhammad Arshad

Working with Zafar Kalanauri & Associates since 1996 and has conducted thousands of cases in diffrent branches of law including Civil, Banking, Criminal, Company, Arbitration, Service, Labour, Rent and Family. He also specialises in Drafting Contracts, Agreements, Banking documents, Memorandum & Articles of Association etc. and conducting due deligence for the intended buyers of properties before getting the Sale deeds, Gift deeds executed . He has the expertise of geeting the Compnies incorporated before the SECP and registration of Partnership deeds before the registrar etc.

ASSOCIATES:

Kausar Jabeen Misha

She did her Masters’ in Political Science and completed her Law Degree (LLB) in 2004 from the University of Punjab and since then she is involved in litigation in courts. She is a brilliant criminal lawyer both in trial and appeals. She specializes in Murder, White Collar Crime, Anti-Terrorist, Anti-Narcotic, EmigrationFIA and Family cases. She has done many cases Pro-bono. She is a qualified Mediator and also a US Alumni.  

Syed Anwar ul Hassan Gillani

Practising since 1986 he is worth the trust and confidence of our clients facing criminal litigation. His strength is his exposure and insight into the criminal justice system, enabling him to guide our clients at every stage of the case. He has the expertise to pursue the matter soon after the initiation of criminal investigation at the police station to advocacy and representation in the court taking the matter to its logical conclusion and desired results. He specializes in Initiation of Criminal ProceedingsPrivate Criminal ComplaintsHarassment PetitionsBail MattersTrialsAppealsCriminal InvestigationPrivate Investigation and allied Miscellaneous Matters.

Malik Abrar Hassan

Practicing since 1996 before both the trial and appellate courts and is credited with a rich experience in Civil & Criminal matters.

Samina Yousaf

B.A; LL.B, (University of Punjab)

Samina  joined our law firm after completing her LL.B degree from University of Punjab in 2001. She has extensive experience of successfully handling Family cases and Civil trials, and is known for her exceptional cross examination skills. She regularly appears before the trial court and High court. She has considerable experience in handling legal matters relating to Physical Abuse and Domestic Violence. Her area of specialization also includes Intellectual Property and offences committed in the area of Trademark, Patent and Copyright.

Mirza Khalid Baig

Khalid did his B.A; LL.B from the University of Punjab and subsequently completed his Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He is enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court and handles litigation in the Magistrates as well as Sessions Court. He possess vast experience in advocacy in Criminal matters, ranging from Bail matters to complex trials and has appeared in over three hundred criminal matters involving serious offences.He specialises in Anti-Terrorism, Murder, Narcotics, White Collar Crime and Cyber law cases.

 Irum Hammad Hassan

Practising since 2002 before both the trial and appellate courts and is credited with a rich experience in Civil, Banking, Compamy and Family matters. She specialises in trials.

Aysha Rafiq

Ayesha joined our law firm in 2005 after completing her LL.B degree from University of Punjab. She manages independent litigation as well has assisted senior partners on several cases including but not limited to Constitutional, Election, Accountability, Land/Property, Criminal, Civil, Commercial, Banking and Family Matters. She drafts Legal Opinions, Suits, Petitions and Applications for various matters. She has also drafts Agreements (ranging Distribution, Franchise and Rent), Transactional Documents, Commercial and Banking Documents and Land/Property Documents. As well as prepares  cases and appears in court hearings.

Muhammad Imran Ch.

Enrolled in 2007 has been involved in the Civil litigation as well as drafting of pleadings.He has also been handling Civil & Criminal litigation.

Madeeha  Akram

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Enrolled in 2010. She is a professional lawyer, having a masters’ (M.A) degree in English (Literature) from Forman Christian College, Lahore and a Bachelor’s degree in (L.L.B) from Pakistan Law College. Tasked with providing general legal administrative and secretarial support to solicitors & a legal team in areas of Corporate, Civil, Criminal, Banking, property, Tax etc. she has been involved in cases of litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigation, Audio typing legal documents for private clients, Typing, formatting, amending contracts, letters and other legal document, Managing and forwarding on requests from Clients for legal assistance, Providing paralegal support to a team of solicitors , Responsible for the management of Commercial Contracts , Recording and submitting expense forms , Reviewing and analysing large volumes of documentary evidence, Writing replies to points of dispute with clients , Investigating facts and law & calling upon witnesses to testify at hearing, Managing the flow of paperwork & communication with partners, Filing and administrative responsibilities, Assisting with the completion of Confidentiality Agreements, Coordinating and arranging meetings and diary schedules.

Muhammad Mushtaq Ch.

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Mushtaq  joined our law firm 1n  1996, initially as a para- legal and after completing his L.L.B. degree from the University of Karachi, as a lawyer. He manages independent litigation as well as assists senior partners on several cases on Land/property, Criminal, Civil,Commercial, Banking and Family Matters.

Amna Maryam

She is appearing before both the trial and appellate courts and is credited with a rich experience in Civil, Guardianship, Custody Family and Woman Bashing matters. She also specializes in International laws.

 

Hafiz Muhammad Zaheer Nasir

He is reoresenting the law firm before the lower forms including District & Sessions Court, Civil Courts, Banking Courts & Labour Courts. He got his Law decree  from Universty of Punjab.

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Saeeda Mehick Haider 

Mahick joined our law firm in 2013 after completing her LL.B degree from Quaid-e-Azam College of law, University of Punjab. She manages independent litigation as well has assisted senior partners on several cases including but not limited to Land/Property, Criminal, Civil, Commercial, Banking and Family Matters. She drafts Legal Opinions, Suits, Petitions and Applications for various matters.

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Rai SamiUllha Manj

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Wahab Malik

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