We consider carefully with our clients the respective merits of each party’s position, focusing on the real issues in dispute, the risks involved and the suitability of all forms of resolution, be it by way of litigation, arbitration or alternative forms of dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation or expert determination, thereby keeping your costs in check.

Practice areas

Our arbitration experience includes a range of domestic and international proceedings, and we are also adept at alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation and out-of-court settlements.

Offering leading experience in both domestic in Pakistan as well as international arbitration forums, our team has represented governments, multinational and local corporations in proceedings at the ICC Court of Arbitration, and forums in Brussels and Singapore. The team’s experience covers a range of sectors, including construction, energy, insurance and telecommunications.

Acting for claimants and respondents in arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, DIFC LCIA Arbitration Centre and Dubai International Arbitration Centre, enforcements of awards, application for stay of proceedings and challenges on jurisdiction, on grounds of bias and on errors of law.

  • Adamjee Insurance Company Limited: represented client and consortium of insurance companies in arbitration proceedings and successfully negotiated a settlement in respect of one of the largest insurance claims relating to crude oil in Pakistan.
  • Eltek Pakistan (Private) Limited: represented and defended the client in an arbitration proceeding before the Justice Sardar Aslam Khan.
  • Galaxy Textile Mills: represented client in arbitration against FESC.
  • Ghazi-Barotha Contractor: principal Pakistan legal counsel for client in a JV for USD 500m ICC arbitration.
  • Impregilo SpA: lead Pakistan counsel in the ICSID arbitration initiated by the client against the Government of Pakistan for the settlement of investment disputes.
  • M Associates Construction Company: represented client in an arbitration proceeding for recovery amounting to over PKR 352m.
  • National Engineering Services: represented client in an arbitration proceeding for recovery amounting to PKR 90m.
  • Pakistan and Sri Lanka: represented aforementioned countries at the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris.
  • Seasole Construction Company: successfully represented client in an arbitration proceeding.
  • Shadman Cotton Mills: represented client against LESCO in dispute regarding payment of electricity supplied by Shadman Cotton from its Captive Power Plant to LESCO.
  • Zahra Communication (Private) Limited: represented client in arbitration against the National Telecommunications Authority.

Our Firm is a regular presence on sensitive, high-stakes disputes. Our litigation practice has broad experience covering the full range of litigation matters. We handle all forms of civil, commercial and corporate litigation before courts of all levels in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, United States of America and in the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre. We are universally recognised by leading legal directories as having a premier litigation department.

We have extensive experience in matters such as constitutional petitions, civil suits, corporate disputes, labour litigation, family matters, trade mark appeals, claims by financial institutions, banking suits, rent appeals, income tax appeals and petitions to the Supreme Court of Pakistan by leave to appeal. Our renowned team of litigation specialists works seamlessly with experts in complementary areas of expertise such as our competition, corporate, labour and tax departments to provide clients comprehensive, multi-faceted advice on all stages of the litigation proceedings at hand.

Our team of litigation specialists works seamlessly with experts in complementary areas of expertise such as our competition, corporate, labour and tax departments to provide clients comprehensive, multi-faceted advice on all stages of the litigation proceedings at hand. We have handled major commercial disputes involving local and foreign parties in courts across the UK, the US and Pakistan. Specialist areas include commercial contract, insurance, commercial agency and distributorship, corporate, partnership, LLP and joint venture, and corporate insolvency disputes, as well as actions against directors and senior employees.

  • Adamjee Insurance Company Limited: represented client in various matters at the High Court and civil suits of over Rs.121m.
  • Army Welfare Trust: represented client in a petition before Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  • Askari Bank Limited: represented client in various recovery suits before the Banking Court, Rawalpindi.
  • Attock Cement Pakistan Limited: represented client before the High Court of Balochistan in a matter relating to the supply of gas to ACPL by SSGC.
  • Clariant Pakistan Limited: Clariant Ibérica Producción (Spain), Modern Marine Services (Private) Limited, AES Lal Pir (Private) Limited and AES Pak Gen (Private) Limited, PICIC Insurance Limited, Pharamcia Pakistan, Global Securities Pakistan Limited, represented clients in the High Court and Civil Courts and before various tribunals.
  • Cohen Brown Management Group, Inc.: represented client in a civil suit, filed in the Sindh High Court, Karachi. This is civil action for the infringement of copyright protected literary work. The total claim is for USD 100m.
  • Control Risk (Private) Limited: represented client in a winding up petition before the Islamabad High Court.
  • English Biscuit Manufacturers Limited: represented client, Pakistan’s leading biscuit manufacturing company by market share, in litigation matters filed by/against Associated Biscuits International Limited pending before the Sindh High Court relating to a shareholder dispute.
  • FABER Industries S.P.A (Italy): represented client, a leading Italian company and manufacturer of gas cylinders. The firm successfully obtained a suspension of the court order in a civil suit alleging defects in the CNG equipment of the company. The case involved wide ranging and complex issues including OGRA’s jurisdictional capacity and numerous procedural aspects of civil suits. Notably, the court agreed with the argument put forward by the firm and gave a clear ruling on a point which was previously regarded as a grey area in law.
  • GlaxoSmithKline: represented client in various matters before the High Court of Sindh and a tax matter before the Appellate Tribunal.
  • IJM Corporation Berhad: represented client, Malaysia’s leading construction and property development entity, in objections filed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation against an arbitration award in the amount of USD 35m- before the Sindh High Court. The award of the arbitrator was upheld in favour of IJM.
  • Impregilo SpA: ED Zublin, Infinity Global, represented client in various litigation matters ranging from contractual disputes, sale of goods, and taxation to local administration laws in the lower and higher courts of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Attock and Swabi.
  • Lotte Chemical Pakistan Limited: represented client in matters relating to electricity supply, pending before the High Court of Sindh.
  • Metro Cash and Carry Pakistan (Private) Limited and Makro-Habib Pakistan Limited: represented client with respect to getting the Scheme of Arrangement for reconstruction of the respective companies sanctioned by the Honourable High Court of Sindh.
  • Novartis Pharma Pakistan Limited: represented client in suits and thereafter appeals filed by ex-employees before the District Courts and thereafter the High Court of Sindh bench at Larkana.
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority: represented client in a constitutional petition filed against it regarding the illegal issuance of SIMs and the roaming facilities available to Afghani SIMs in Pakistan.
  • Pakistan Tobacco Company: represented client before the Peshawar High Court Peshawar in a constitutional petition wherein all the tobacco (over and above the quota fixed by Pakistan Tobacco Board) was charged with Tobacco Development Cess.
  • Phillip Morris (Pakistan) Limited: represented client in several matters before the Payment of Wages Authority in Hyderabad.
  • PKP Explorations Limited: represented client before the Federal Ombudsman seeking directions for OGRA to fulfil its statutory responsibilities in accordance with the petroleum laws.
  • Searle IV Solutions: represented client, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of Pakistan manufacturing lifesaving IV solutions, in a suit relating to whether an S.R.O granting a tax exemption applied to the material imported by Searle.
  • Sindh Engro Coal Mining Corporation: represented client in two matters pending before the High Court of Sindh at Karachi relating to the bidding process of work to be done on an open mine in Thar.
  • Sinohydro Corporation: represented client in their dispute resolution procedures (ADR) provided in the FIDIC form of international construction contracts before the Engineer/Consultant and Dispute Resolution Board.
  • Standard Chartered Bank, NIB: Crescent Commercial Bank Limited, CALCORP, Union Bank Limited and Union Leasing Limited, represented clients in Banking Courts, High Court and Civil Courts on diverse issues ranging from recovery cases for of outstanding loans/debts, sale of mortgaged property through the court, credit card fraud, cases where damages are being claimed for negligence by the financial institutions.

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What clients say...

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’. Recommended individuals include[s] Hasnain Naqvee (who has ‘outstanding industry knowledge’).

Legal 500: 2016

Karachi-based Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is the key figure, drawing on his experience as former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG’s longstanding experience in the construction sector, includes the construction and development of hospitals and power and infrastructure projects. Acquisitions, sales, transfers and property leasing are other mainstays, as is project finance…

Legal 500: 2016

In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

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RIAA is ‘strong on telecoms-related work’, and has acted on for a number of high-profile clients in this sector.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘experienced’ tax department is praised as ‘top notch’. It is advising several multinational corporate clients on tax structuring to minimise fiscal exposure in Pakistan. Ahsan Zahir Rizvi leads on tax mandates.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

Legal 500: 2015

Highlights for RIAA’s ‘renowned’ corporate practice included advising Unisys International on the sale of its majority shareholding in Unisys Pakistan to International Brands Limited.

Legal 500: 2015

Operating from five offices across Pakistan, RIAA Barker Gillette has broad experience in debt and equity capital markets and is instructed by a host of multinational banking clients.

Legal 500: 2016

The firm has an active transactional practice and is instructed by clients across the energy, telecoms, financial services and construction sectors. Complementary expertise in tax, employment and competition benefits [their] practice.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette’s disputes department handles cases spanning constitutional, employment, trade mark, energy and family law.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette’s disputes department handles cases spanning constitutional, employment, trade mark, energy and family law. Omer Soomro is a key contact in the Karachi office, handling High Court and arbitration proceedings.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette maintains an active energy practice, where it advises clients on compliance and liability under environmental law, and assists with licensing and regulatory approvals.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG receives instructions from insurance company clients in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Past work includes handling corporate transactions and international arbitrations.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG advises on corporate and commercial agreements relating to power, water and construction projects, and is becoming increasingly involved in matters concerning wind and other renewables.

Legal 500: 2016

Telecoms is an area of strength at RBGIAA Barker Gillette, with the team providing expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

Munir Ahmed is another key contact; his practice covers customs, sales tax and income tax.

Legal 500: 2016

Yousaf Khosa acts for numerous clients in the mining and petroleum sectors in both contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Mustafa.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette advises multinational corporate clients on tax structuring and restructuring. It is also active in tax litigation and appeals before the High Court.

Legal 500: 2016

Sources state: "[Omer Soomro]'s someone I really trust - he adds a lot to a case."

Chambers Commentary: Asia-Pacific 2016

Among recent highlights, [Omer Soomro] represented IM Technologies in a USD 197m construction dispute with Karachi Development Company.

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

Clients enthuse about Omer Soomro, describing him as "a very articulate practitioner" with a measured, strategic approach.

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

One source notes that he is "always looking to get the best deal for his clients."

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette…"It is a powerhouse."

Chambers Guide: Asia Pacific 2016

[Bilal Shaukat’s] work highlights include advising Tapal Wind Energy on its establishment of a USD 90m wind power plant in Thatta.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Sources note [Bilal Shaukat] is "well known in the industry," and report that they "enjoy working with him."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Bilal Shaukat has a growing reputation in this sphere, especially in relation to coal and wind power projects.

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Renowned for his expertise in the power sector, peers highlight him as "one of the most experienced projects lawyers in Pakistan."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi continues to be revered by market commentators, who single him out for his "sharp legal mind."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

…a client asserts: "I would always recommend him." He acted for The Hub Power Company on the development and financing of a 1,320 MW coal power project.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Hasnain Naqvee is widely praised for his effective negotiation skills and tenacious approach. Commentators enthuse that they "find him to be skilled and well versed on projects,".

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Islamabad-based Yousaf Khosa has a broad practice that includes expertise in construction contracts and telecoms work, among other areas.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Bilal Shaukat receives plaudits for providing highly commercial advice on complex transactions. He continues to head the firm's corporate advisory practice.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is singled out by clients for the depth of his transactional experience and for "bringing a colour and vibrancy to the table."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Sources describe Ahsan Zahir Rizvi as "an exceptional practitioner" and "a backbone of the firm."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

RIAA has provided environmental advice on a number of domestic projects. Omer Soomro is noted for environmental matters.

Legal 500: 2015

“Large and well-reputed practice”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

RIAA’s banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’”

Tier 1: IFLR1000 2015

“Our relationship with the firm started 20 years ago and we have never looked back.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“They really take the time to listen to the case.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“I only use RIAA and no other firm in Pakistan – I have the utmost regard for them.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“’Strong’ litigation department”.

The Legal 500: Asia Pacific 2015

“’Renowned’ corporate practice”

Tier 1: IFLR1000 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi (a former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange) is recommended for capital markets work.

Legal 500: 2015

…banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’ on project finance. Clients include the ‘pragmatic’ Bilal Shaukat, and Ahsan Zahir Rizvi, who is rated as ‘excellent’.

Legal 500: 2015

Hasan Rizvi is “technically assured and resourceful” and with "good local market knowledge".

Legal 500: 2015

"Clients enjoy working with Hasan Rizvi... He wins praise from sources for being 'extremely responsive, commercially practical and incredibly diligent'".

Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

"We have a very positive relationship with them. They are proactive, down-to-earth, thorough and extremely knowledgeable when finding solutions."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"I have the utmost regard for the firm; they are first class."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"They have vast experience of the power sector, and always provide alternative solutions to problems - they really take ownership of the projects they are working on."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the team is known for: Active on a wide range of conventional and renewable projects, including notable activity on the conversion of power plants to coal.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the team is known for: Offers high levels of expertise in the power sector, advising the sponsors on development, financing and regulatory issues.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

He keeps things on an even keel and so people trust him, even those on the other side."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Sources highlight his strong negotiation capabilities, with one noting: "He can see the other side's perspective, that is his greatest strength.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is held in high regard for his depth of expertise in the power sector.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is also praised for "his precision in giving advice. He is very to the point."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Senior partner Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is one of Pakistan's most highly reputed transactional lawyers: "He is one of the most individually outstanding people, both from a commercial point of view and a legal point of view."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"RIAA has a very strong reputation for handling commercial and corporate matters."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"They have been absolutely outstanding. I don't think there is a team more dedicated."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Excellent bench of practitioners with a full-service corporate offering. Often mandated on big-ticket M&A deals, particularly for corporations in the energy and power sectors.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

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