03 Nov INTRODUCTION
AZAM & RAI LLP , established in February 2004, is a Pakistan-based, full-service, general-practice law firm with multiple areas of expertise and particular emphases, strengths and specialist capabilities in a number of legal sectors. The Firm’s combination of experience, expertise, resourcefulness, professionalism and its unrelenting pursuit of excellence enable it to deliver seamless and high-quality legal services, which marks it out as one of the foremost law firms of Pakistan. AZAM & RAI LLP is a dynamic and progressive law firm looking optimistically towards the future and at the cutting edge of legal developments and the legal profession in Pakistan. The Firm’s lawyers draw on their collective experience of having served previously in some of the leading law firms of Pakistan. An ambition to become Pakistan’s premier law firm underpins our strategy. We aim to achieve this goal through a sustained investment in intelligent and competent human resources and in efficiently managing local and international legal knowledge and by creating a work ethic and professional culture that enables our team of professionals to offer consistently high standards of legal service.
Scope of Services
Applying international standards to local knowledge, AZAM & RAI LLP conducts a broad-based practice with integrated specialist skills applied across a wide spectrum of legal services. The Firm encourages its lawyers to be familiar with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of law practice since most legal problems are best addressed by lawyers who understand both the transactional and litigation aspects of legal issues. Being able to approach a problem from all angles and deliver incisive advice enables the Firm to provide superior and cost-effective legal services to its clients. The Firm possesses the capacity and capability to effectively undertake complex legal matters and address critical legal issues encompassing legal research, consultancy, formulating strategies, negotiations, drafting, representation and dispute resolution. On the dispute resolution side, the Firm handles mediation, arbitration and litigation. The Firm conducts cases at all judicial tiers: from the lower courts at the District level, the High Courts at the Provincial level, to the Supreme Court of Pakistan at the Federal level, as well as semi-judicial tribunals and quasi-judicial arms of regulatory authorities. All lawyers of the Firm are licensed to practice law in Pakistan. The Firm also offers all the services of an in-house legal department to entrepreneurs, businesses, institutions and organizations that cannot afford (or do not want) to maintain a legal department. Additionally, the Firm acts as an additional resource to those entrepreneurs, businesses, institutions and organizations that do employ in-house lawyers.
AZAM & RAI LLP has lawyers and offices in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi. Lahore is the second-largest city and commercial hub of Pakistan and the capital of the Punjab province, Pakistan’s second-largest province by size and the largest by population. Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and seat of the Federal Government. Karachi is Pakistan’s largest and most populous city and commercial hub and the capital of the Sindh province.
Library & Technology Resources
To enhance our efficiency and responsiveness to clients, the Firm has a well-stocked library and a fully automated office. The Firm is linked to the Internet via high-speed wireless broadband for research purposes and e-mail is extensively used for communications and correspondence, in addition to fax facilities. All members of the Firm have individual computers for drafting, research and information management and retrieval. Additionally, the Firm has in-house laser-printing, photocopying, scanning and document binding facilities and shredders are used for document disposal. AZAM & RAI LLP sees technology as a means to a competitive edge and we strategically and aggressively pursue technologies that aid in the practice of law and the delivery of legal services to our clients. In recognition of its approach to technology, the Firm was engaged by a leading software developer to advise it on the development of law firm management software tailored for the Pakistani and South Asian market.
Code of Conduct & Confidentiality
AZAM & RAI LLP is governed by the rules, regulations and guidelines laid down by the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973 and the Canons of Professional Conduct & Etiquette prescribed by the Pakistan Bar Council in 1969. We take the concept of client-attorney privilege seriously and maintain strict confidentiality in all matters.
Pro Bono Work & Public Interest Litigation
As a law firm conscious of its responsibilities towards society, we, occasionally, undertake pro bono work and provide free legal advice to persons with legal problems who cannot afford to pay legal fees and also undertake public interest litigation on issues of public importance that, in our opinion, need attention and are being neglected.