The Expert is a practising Advocate and Barrister-at-Law in Pakistan. He is the Senior Partner of Khan & Co Barristers-at-Law and has repeatedly been appointed as an expert on Pakistani law in the UK court system. The Expert is counsel to foreign governments on Pakistani law and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and practices law in the UK and in Pakistan.
The Expert has provided numerous reports in immigration and family law cases funded by the Legal Aid Agency and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The reports provided by the Expert have addressed issues related to adultery, adoption, blasphemy, custody and abduction of children, divorce (talaq), divorce (khula), forced conversions, forced marriages, gender based violence, gender identity claims, honour killings, human trafficking, internal relocation, jirgas (tribal councils), law reform, legitimacy of children, Pakistani prisons, protection of witnesses, religious minorities and ethnic groups, statelessness, sexual orientation claims, terrorism offences and women’s protection legislation.
The Expert is particularly well-versed in the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, judicial review in Pakistani courts, public law issues and national accountability cases.
The Expert is an advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and has a detailed knowledge of the legal processes and the courts in the country. He has advanced knowledge of Muslim personal law in Pakistan. He has an in-depth knowledge of all the political groupings in the country and state/non-state actors of persecution and minority persecuted communities such as Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and Hazaras. He has the following degrees and qualifications:
• The University of Law, LL.M, Corporate Law, 2009–2013, London: Distinction.
• Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) 2007.
• The College of Law, LL.B (Honours), Law, 2005–2007, London.
• The College of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 2006–2007, London.
• The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005–2006, London.
• School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, 2003–2004.
• London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, MSc Anthropology and Development, 2000–2001.
• Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America, BA International Relations, First Class, 1995–1998.
The Expert has produced 30 expert reports on Pakistan, either for private clients or for UK courts and proceedings. He has repeatedly been appointed court expert on Pakistan in family proceedings in the UK courts and has produced several reports in that area. The Expert has provided numerous reports in UK asylum cases funded by the Legal Aid Agency and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
He has also provided reports for private clients in UK asylum cases. The Expert is also counsel to The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (an independent policy think tank established in 1947). He edits the Institute’s blog Pakistan Horizon and has continuously worked in the field of development and the rule of law in Pakistan for 15 years.
He is experienced in civil, corporate, criminal, extradition and human rights cases and practices law simultaneously in Pakistan and in the UK. He works in UK immigration law in an English law firm with a focus on asylum, children, deportation, spouses, the points-based system, Convention rights, complex nationality cases and judicial review. The Expert regularly publishes analysis and commentary on immigration and asylum law. He also writes frequently on family law, corporate law, good governance and human rights law in comparative perspective.
Furthermore, the Expert has provided reports to foreign governments in national security and terrorism cases. The Expert has additionally provided reports to UK local authorities for court proceedings and is routinely instructed by them. The Expert has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of civil, criminal, corporate and family law procedures and the law of evidence in Pakistan.
UNITED KINGDOM IMMIGRATION LAW BLOG
GLOBAL CORPORATE LAW
Articles on EIN:
Articles on UKSC BLOG:
• Personal accountability in Pakistani financial services – a briefing on the Companies Bill 2015 and lessons from the UK senior managers regime, The Company Lawyer 2016, Thomson Reuters, Sweet & Maxwell, 37(6), 193-194.
• Benchmarks and regulation: key lessons of UK reforms for South Asia, The Company Lawyer 2017, Thomson Reuters, Sweet & Maxwell, 38(11), 335-342.
• The future of LIBOR: emerging trends in financial services, The Company Lawyer 2018, Thomson Reuters, Sweet & Maxwell, 39(12), 401-410.
LANGUAGES: ARABIC (INTERMEDIATE), FRENCH (INTERMEDIATE, LEVEL B2/C1 CEFR), GERMAN (ADVANCED, LEVEL B2/C1 CEFR), URDU (NATIVE).
ETHNIC GROUPS EXPERTISEAFGHANS, BALOCH, BALTIS, BENGALIS, BROHIS, HAZARAS, KASHMIRIS, MOHAJIRS, PUNJABIS, PASHTUNS, SARAIKIS, SINDHIS.
POLITICAL GROUPS EXPERTISE: PPP, MQM, PML, PTI and expertise of all political groups in Pakistan. The expert’s expertise relates to all political parties, religious groups, insurgent and separatist groups, sectarian movements and terrorist groups in Pakistan.
RELIGIOUS GROUPS EXPERTISE: AHMADIS, CHRISTIANS, HINDUS, SHIAS, SHIDIS, SUNNIS
OTHER SOCIAL GROUPS EXPERTISE: WOMEN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY CLAIMS