THE LAW CHAMBERS OF
AZIZ A. MUNSHI
SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN
We are a leading set of Law Chambers headed by Mr. Aziz A. Munshi, who is a practicing Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as the High Courts. Mr. Aziz A. Munshi has a permanent large practicing Chamber for more than 60 years.
Mr. Aziz A. Munshi holds the record for being Attorney General for Pakistan for four different terms (08.01.1985 to 30.10.1986) (29.05.1988 to 03.12.1988) (06.08.1990 to 13.07.1993) and (02.11.1999 to 30.09.2001), in addition to being Federal Law Minister for Pakistan from 28.11.1999 to 27.11.2000.
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Mr. Aziz A. Munshi started practice in the year 1954 at Bombay, India and at Karachi, Pakistan in the year 1955 in the Chambers of Mr. I. I. Chundrigar, a former Prime Minister and Law Minister of Pakistan, and was closely associated with him till Mr. I. I. Chundrigar's death in the year 1960. Mr. I. I. Chundrigar was one of the closest and trusted associates of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Mr. Aziz A. Munshi has been the Attorney General for Pakistan for four different terms (08.01.1985 to 30.10.1986) (29.05.1988 to 03.12.1988) (06.08.1990 to 13.07.1993) and (02.11.1999 to 30.09.2001), and Federal Law Minister for Pakistan from 28.11.1999 to 27.11.2000.
He has appeared in most of the important Constitutional cases before the Honourable Supreme Court and High Courts, including but not limited to the dissolution of the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies on several occasions.
He has had extensive experience in the drafting and promulgation of federal and provincial laws, legislation, legal instruments and legal frameworks, and is the author of Constitutional legislation including but not limited to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 enacted by the Parliament in the year 1985 to enable a smooth transition from Martial Law to Civilian Government through Constitutional amendments. He is also the author of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999 as well as other federal and provincial laws.
He has been Chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council in his capacity as Attorney General for Pakistan during all the periods shown above in his various terms of holding that Constitutional office.
He represented Pakistan as one of the Counsel of Pakistan in the territorial dispute of Rann of Kutch between Pakistan and India before the International Arbitration Tribunal at Geneva in 1966-67 at the League of Nations Building.
He also represented Pakistan and was Leader of the Legal team, which appeared at the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the year 2000 during hearing of dispute with India regarding the shooting down of the plane Atlantique.
He led the Pakistan Delegation at Law of the Seas Conference at United Nations, New York in the year 1986.
He was elected Chairman of the Afro-Asian Legal Consultative Conference for the year 1991-92, which involved a 56 Nation body and is a continuation of Bandung Conference of 1955, and Mr. Aziz A. Munshi attended the Earth Summit Conference at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in the year 1992.
He was Member of the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Delegation, which visited the United Kingdom in the month of June 1992 to attend various Meetings with respective counterparts. These talks related to specific issues of laws relating to money laundering and human rights.
Mr. Aziz A. Munshi belongs to a respectable family having strong roots in Pakistan. Mr. Aziz A. Munshi’s father, Mr. Abdullah Munshi, was a Judge in Bombay, India and retired there. Mr. Aziz A. Munshi’s uncle, i.e. his father’s brother-in-law, namely Mr. I. I. Chundrigar, was one of the Founder Leaders of Pakistan, as well as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the year 1957 and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament for most of the time. Mr. I. I. Chundrigar was also the Central Commerce Minister in undivided India and also at the time of creation of Pakistan in the year 1947. Thereafter, Mr. I. I. Chundrigar held the offices of Governor, North West Frontier Province in the year 1951 and Governor, Punjab in the year 1953. Mr. I. I. Chundrigar was a very accomplished Constitutional lawyer who argued the famous case of Dissolution of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan by the Governor General in the years 1954-1955 both in the Chief Court of Sindh and Federal Court of Pakistan. Thereafter, Mr. I. I. Chundrigar became the Federal Law Minister of Pakistan and was the author of the first Constitution of Pakistan passed by the Constituent Assembly in the year 1956, subsequently abrogated by the imposition of Martial Law in the year 1958. The main commercial avenue known as I. I. Chundrigar Road at Karachi where Mr. Aziz A. Munshi’s Law Chambers are situated is named after Mr. I. I. Chundrigar in recognition of his services to Pakistan.
Mr. Abdullah Munshi is the son of Mr. Aziz A. Munshi and he continues the long standing family tradition of legal practice, especially in litigation. Mr. Abdullah Munshi is a practicing Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, in addition to being a Barrister-at-law enrolled with the Bar of England and Wales.
He attended the Karachi Grammar School (KGS) from 1985 - 1999 for his entire schooling until GCE "A" Levels before pursuing undergraduate university education at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with cumulative G.P.A. of 3.72 with Double Major Honours in Political Science (G.P.A. of 3.85) and Cinema-Television (G.P.A. of 3.88) between the years 1999 - 2003.
He was designated a Renaissance Scholar from USC for completing Dual Degrees in multidisciplinary and diverse fields and areas of study. He also received the Order of Troy from USC in addition to consistently being mentioned in the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievements.
While at USC, he attended and completed the University of Cambridge Intenational Summer School for Term I, 09.07.2001 to 03.08.2001 in the United Kingdom, which course was conducted in affiliation with his degree coursework at USC.
He also attended and completed the International Student Symposium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution between 20.07.2002 to 17.08.2002 at The Hague, The Netherlands, which program was hosted by the International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) based in Washington, D.C.
Upon graduating from USC, he enrolled in King's College London (KCL) in the United Kingdom in the year 2003 to read for a second undergraduate degree in Law where he graduated with (LLB) Law Honours in the year 2007 with specialisation and focus on Jurisprudence, Public Law, Public International Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, and Intellectual Property law, in addition to mandatory core subjects of law such as Contracts, Torts, Property, Trusts, European Union law, and Criminal law.
He is a Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
After graduating from King's College London (KCL), he enrolled in the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at BPP Law School in the year 2007 as part of his professional training to become a Barrister-at-law in the United Kingdom.
He regularly took part in Debating and Public Speaking events organised as part of his Barrister training and had the privilege to attend Cumberland Lodge during this period where he was involved in intensive workshops and training with Judges and Barristers.
He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in the year 2008.
Thereafter, he enrolled with the Lahore Bar Association and the Punjab Bar Council licensed him to practice as an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan on 22.10.2009.
Subsequently, he transferred enrolment from the Punjab Bar Council to the Sindh Bar Council on 04.03.2017 and became Member of the Sindh High Court Bar Association on 24.03.2017 and Karachi Bar Association on 15.03.2017.
Mr. Abdullah Munshi has extensive practice and experience in specialist areas of litigation including but not limited to Constitutional law, Civil law, Criminal law, Company law, Commercial law, Corporate law, Winding up and Insolvency proceedings, Banking law, Financial law, International Trade, Intellectual Property law (including Trade Marks, Passing Off, Copyright, Design and Patents), Media law, Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mergers and Acquisitions, Labour and Employment law, Public Interest litigation, Contracts, Transfer of Property, Landlord and Tenant disputes, Trusts, Partnerships, Administration law, Inheritance law, pleadings, legal frameworks, contracts, agreements, advising on terms and conditions for private and commercial contracts, trust instruments, deeds of sale, and conveyancing amongst other wide ranging areas of law. He also provides legal consultancy services, advice and opinions with focus on litigation.
Notable clients include Federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Defence, Karachi Port Trust, Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) of which he is a Panel Advocate, Agha’s Supermarket, Unilever Pakistan Limited, Pakistan Beverage Limited, and English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt) Limited, amongst others.
In November 2013, he was given Special Permission by the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan to appear in Criminal Appeals fixed before a Full Bench. On 22.07.2016, he appeared as counsel in a seminal Larger Bench Judgement passed by the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan in Criminal Appeal No. 4-K of 2012 reported as 2016 SCMR 1931.
We have substantial expertise and experience for over 60 years in the following practice areas, especially litigation:
Current and past notable clients include the following:
International clients include but are not limited to parties from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, India, Turkey, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates, and they are primarily concerned with private and international commercial disputes as well as litigation and arbitration.
We have also had extensive experience in drafting and promulgating federal laws on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, including but not limited to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999.
Legal Positions for Advocates
Due to the intense workload and nature of litigation we are engaged in on regular basis in the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as the High Courts, we are always on the lookout for qualified and motivated Advocates enrolled to practice in the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as Advocates enrolled in the High Courts with at least 5+ years work experience in litigation.
We request any Advocate interested in applying for a legal position within our law firm to use the Contact Us page to get in touch with us and to send us your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) and / or Resumé along with a Covering Letter explaining what practice areas you are interested in along with relevant work experience in litigation.
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