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RIAA Barker Gillette

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What the team is known for

RIAA Barker Gillette is a substantial full-service firm with a well-regarded litigation practice, particularly active on energy, finance, pharma and tax disputes. Based in Karachi, the team also advises clients on international arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards in the courts. Also involved in trade, maritime and competition cases. Attock Cement Pakistan, Chevron and The Hub Power are notable clients.

Strengths

Sources value the RIAA Barker Gillette team's responsiveness and ability to form an effective strategy. One interviewee says: "The service is good, they are proactive and I'm really impressed with them."

A further source appreciates that "the response times are great."

Work highlights

RIAA Barker Gillette acted for Gunvor International in a dispute arising out of a long-term LNG sale contract with Pakistan State Oil Company in relation to whether port charges levied from the latter were in excess of what was contractually permitted.

Notable practitioners

Mayhar Mustafa Kazi handles a range of disputes, often arising out of commercial contracts and agreements, in addition to tax matters. One client simply states: "Mayhar is exceptional. He is competent, committed and responsive." Another client explains: "Of course, he always gives us advice from a legal standpoint, but also provides us a practical way to reach a resolution."

Omer Soomro is well placed to act on a wide variety of disputes, from representing international companies in litigation proceedings, to handling white-collar criminal cases on behalf of individuals. He has appeared before the High Courts, in addition to advising on commercial arbitration cases. One market source describes him as being "extremely good at what he does."

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Overview

Dispute resolution is part of the very core of RIAA Barker Gillette’s litigation practice in Pakistan. The variety of dispute resolution matters on which the Firm is engaged in the Supreme Courts, High Courts, Tribunals, regulatory bodies, courts of first instance and arbitral tribunals (domestic and international), their complexity and track record of our practitioners sets the Firm apart from most of the major law firms in Pakistan. 

RIAA Barker Gillette is the only law firm in Pakistan to have full-fledged resident litigation practices in four offices across the country. At present, former partners are serving justices of the Supreme Court and of the Lahore and Peshawar High Court. This is a testament to the high regard in which members of the firm and held by the senior judiciary.

The firm handles all forms of civil, commercial, constitutional and tax litigation. We also have extensive experience of domestic and international disputes emanating from major infrastructure projects.

Notable recent engagements include:

  • Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan's aviation regulatory and airport operator, in complex domestic arbitration proceedings emanating from a construction contract;
  • Hisense, the major Chinese multinational electronics manufacturer, in commercial litigation in the High court; and
  • Gunvor, the international commodities giant in a dispute under a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement with a major public sector entity.

Members

Hamid, Asma (Head of Department)

Khosa, Yousaf (Head of Department)

Kazi, Mayhar Mustafa

Soomro, Omer

Clients

Chevron Pakistan Holdings Pte Ltd

Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited

Civil Aviation Authority

English Biscuit Manufacturers (Private) Limited

Hub Power Company Limited

Hub Power Services Limited

McKinsey & Company Pakistan (Private) Limited

Prime Star Energy FZE

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company

Sundar Gas (Private) Limited

Syngenta Pakistan Limited

Industries

Chemicals

Construction & Materials

Energy

Insurance

Media

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Private Clients/Individuals

Real Estate

Dispute Resolution

RIAA Barker Gillette

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Location

D-67, Block 4

Clifton

Karachi

Sindh

Pakistan

75600

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Pakistan

Dispute Resolution: General Commercial


Mayhar Mustafa Kazi
Band 3
Omer Soomro
Band 3