Welcome to Zia & Shah
Zia & Shah, is a corporate and commercial law firm committed to excellence in providing the highest quality legal services, including advisory work, consultancy, litigation and alternate dispute resolution to international and local businesses, organizations and institutions.
We blend clarity, thoroughness, creativity, speed and accuracy in all our work, with client friendly communication practices and a view to develop long-term relationships. We subscribe to the highest standards of integrity, excellence, competence, and professionalism to ensure that our services are commensurate with the needs of our clients.
Our Principal Areas Of Practice
Energy law is the field of law concerned with creating, enforcing and challenging laws that regulate energy use. Laws exist that regulate the creation and harvesting of energy. There are laws that regulate taxation of energy use. Energy companies and the public alike must navigate energy laws as they relate to the sale, use and conservation of energy resources.
Tax law is a dynamic field that deals with domestic and international transactions. Because of the frequent modifications to local, state, and federal codes and the complexity of fiscal policy that guides these changes, experts in tax law engage in continuous education at greater rates than in many other fields of law. Apart from ensuring the legality of the levies on economic transactions, tax lawyers help clients reduce fiscal liabilities.
Property law governs the various forms of ownership and tenancy in and relating to property. There are two types of property: real property (immovable property including land and buildings) and personal property (movable property such as jewellery and intangible property such as shares or intellectual property). Real property lawyers often advise on transactions involving freehold and leasehold property as well as various property rights such as the rights of tenants and rights of way over land.
Intellectual Property Law/E-Commerce
Intellectual Property law focuses on protecting the rights of inventors, authors, and businesses to their tangible and intangible creations, inventions and symbols. Legal professionals in this field are often experts in a particular domain, such as science, the arts, or an industry. For example, trademark or copyright attorneys manage the legal aspects of contracts, visual identity, brand names, or slogans. Technological advances, notably in digital reproduction and transmission, make this a dynamic field of law.
Corporate law involves the formation, dissolution, and all other legal aspects of the administration of corporations. Typical duties of corporate lawyers include mergers, acquisitions, internal reorganization, or disputes between corporations and individuals concerning liability, patents, and compliance with state and federal law, as well as international accords. A legal professional whose sole client is a corporation is generally known as in-house counsel.
Labor (Employment)/Services and Regulations Law
Labor law is concerned with the relations between workers and their employers on matters ranging from wages and compensation, through harassment, to discrimination based on gender, disability, or age. Labor law often involves collective bargaining and unions. Attorneys in this field may represent individual clients, a union, a government regulatory agency, or an employer.
Environmental law concerns a multitude of statutes, treaties, regulations, and conventions based in state, federal, or transnational law. Legal professionals practicing in this field may represent government agencies, advocacy organizations, or individuals. Environmental lawyers often focus on cases involving natural resource management, the curbing of pollution, or disputes about land and littoral use. Public health components are increasingly common in the practice of environmental law.
Capital Market Securities
Securities or Capital Markets attorneys help companies raise the money they need to operate by representing issuers and underwriters in securities transactions, including IPOs, stock offerings, and debt offerings in public markets. Securities attorneys also counsel clients on corporate governance and how to comply with securities regulations. Some practitioners fold securities law into a general corporate practice while others specialize in the area.
Human Rights and Public Interest Litigation
Human rights law governs the obligations of States towards citizens and other individuals within their jurisdiction. Human rights law enshrines the highest of human ideals, that every human being has a set of rights and freedom. Public interest Litigation (PIL) means litigation filed in a court of law, for the protection of “Public Interest”, such as Pollution, Terrorism, Road safety, Constructional hazards etc. Any matter where the interest of public at large is affected can be redressed by filing a Public Interest Litigation in a court of law.
Banking and finance is a diverse type of law which involves the regulation of financial products and is primarily focused on loan transactions. The work of a finance lawyer ranges from advising on simple bank loans to companies to working on highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions. Finance lawyers have to be very commercially minded and consider the business as well as legal implications of every deal.
Civil & Criminal
Civil rights law aims to balance competing interests between institutions of government on the one hand and individuals or groups of individuals on the other. Lawyers in such practice may work on cases involving discrimination and unfair practices that infringe on rights and liberties such as expression, employment, housing, education, or other entitlements. Criminal law focuses on behaviors that are sanctioned under criminal code and defined as illegal. Prosecutors and Attorneys sanction illegal behavior, while criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of criminal activity. Both prosecution and defense professionals deal with issues of individual liberty, basic rights, and responsibilities.
White Collar Crime & Accountability Laws
Accountability refers to the processes, norms, and structure that hold the population and public officials legally responsible for their actions and that impose sanctions if they violate the law. Accountability is essential if systemic threats to the rule of law are to be corrected. This involves ensuring there are consequences for criminal behavior. mechanisms to address impunity for past crimes; and horizontal accountability (state institutions overseeing the actions of one another) and vertical accountability (citizens overseeing the actions of the state). Without accountability, human rights will be denied, crime will flourish, and impunity for past conflict-related crimes will persist, undermining legitimacy and prospects for reconciliation. The concentration of power in any one branch, institution, or level of government often leads to abuse of power and corruption that horizontal and vertical accountability mechanisms can help prevent. Accountability also aims to mitigate against capture of justice institutions by political and economic spoilers that enables impunity, favoritism, and unequal application of the law.
Consultancy and ADR
Arbitration is a technique of resolving civil and commercial disputes outside of court. The parties present their case to a single arbitrator or a panel who then hands down a decision which the parties have agreed to be bound by. It is increasingly common to arbitrate international disputes in a pre-agreed jurisdiction instead of turning to litigation.
Firm`s History and Establishment
Our firm, Zia & Shah, was founded in May 2010 on the dissolution of our predecessor law firm, “Afridi, Shah & Minallah (ASM) Legal Consultants” due to the elevation of its members to the benches of High Courts and now the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The said firm had been dealing with Corporate and Civil Litigation as its foundational core. ASM consisted of 30 lawyers (Partners and Associates) working at Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar offices. The said firm extended its work for providing consultancy services relating to legal reforms and development.
Zia & Shah consists of ten (10) lawyers working at Lahore. Our aim, like our predecessor, is to render legal services with integrity and scholarship which the profession of law requires. Corporate and Civil litigation is the foundational core of the Firm. However, it also has key expertise in commercial and white collar crime cases. It also benefits from experience of two of its current partners in policy work in criminal law/prosecution and police reform. The Firm continues to play a lead role in public interest litigation pertaining to human rights and environmental issues. One of the core values is its dedication to legal education, reform and training. We feel that the real purpose of the law Firm is to make a wholesome contribution to society. Our multidimensional efforts are our small contribution to the socio-economic development of our Country.
Message from the Partner
Syed Moazzam Ali Shah
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Syed Moazzam Ali Shah successfully completed his LLB from University of the Punjab and Masters in Business Administration from the International University, Missouri. He has 25+ years of experience in litigation and policy work. He has vast experience in matters involving criminal, civil, corporate, property, service matters, white collar crime, banking, tax, environment.