ZAFAR & ASSOCIATES - LLP, founded in 1975, is one of the distinctive global law firm providing legal services to worldwide clients in broad array of areas enlisted in the succeeding pages.

We’re the network of full service law firms in Pakistan, having distinguishable stance and stature of law practice in Pakistan and Asia Pacific, offering our legal services in multiple avenues through the PraeLegal global network.

This excelling law firm is a conglomerate of over 40 offices situated in major cities of Pakistan including the hillock capital city of Islamabad to the hub of industrial marketplace of Karachi and further extending its frontiers to the historically and culturally rich city of Lahore.

Thus this rigorous partnership has 100% coverage as far territorial bounds of Pakistan and in the recent years it has virtually molded itself to an international full-services law firm through close interplay of alliances with many leading law firms across the globe. Now ZA-LLP has strong presence for serving its thriving clientele in virtually the broadest range of disciplines in five continents and more than 50 countries worldwide.


Founded in 1975

2 Offices

500 people in their team

Practice areas
Criminal Defense
Bankruptcy & Debt
Employment & Labor
Intellectual Property
Accidents & Injuries
Real Estate

Languages spoken

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Business law, also known as trade or mercantile law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in buying, selling, trade, and commerce. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both public as well as the private law.

Business law encompasses on services measures the number of procedures, time, cost and paid-in minimum capital requirement for a small to medium-sized business / company to start up and formally operate in country’s large business cities. A conducive investment climate is instrumental in attracting both domestic and foreign investment by providing a more facilitative institutional, policy and regulatory environment for businesses to operate. Pakistan made starting a business easier by expanding procedures available through the online platform. This reform applies to both Karachi and Lahore. Furthermore, Pakistan's Lahore abolished the Labour Department Registration Fee.

Having the right attorney can make the difference when it comes to commencement of a new business, acquiring an existing one, or when dealing with issues that arise in connection with the operation and ownership of a business. The attorneys of ZA-LLP, have extensive experience in business, commercial, and corporate affairs in in all over Pakistan, ranging from formation and incorporation for new business start-ups as limited liability companies or partnerships, preparation of shareholder or operating agreements, and in providing corporate counsel services to guide business owners and operators in their day to day ongoing business operations. The firm also represent clients in the purchases and sales of businesses of ongoing businesses of all types and sizes, as well as in connection with shareholder buy / sell agreements, leases, commercial evictions, and shareholder disputes. Having represented business and corporate clients of various types and sizes, the attorneys at ZA-LLP can be an invaluable asset to your business and regularly help clients be able to focus on productivity.

Admiralty & Maritime
Banking & Finance
Business Registration
Legal Document
Merger & Acquisition
New Business Formation
Office Solutions
Oil, Gas & Energy

Criminal Defense


Criminal law concerns the system of legal rules that define what conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes. In instances where an individual fails to adhere to a particular criminal statute, he or she commits a criminal act by breaking the law.

Criminal Law is an extreme field of practice coverning all those aspects that entail crime as its factor. Every act or omission that violates a command, derives its force from legislature or from authority - either political or religious - that has absolute sway over the matters of state is considered to be a crime. This is the reason that state stands as a prosecutor against the alleged culprit.

Pakistan has a very detailed criminal law that is though outdated to some extent but it tends to cover all aspects that do constitute a crime. To understand the criminal law in Pakistan one needs to understand the socio cultural phenomena of this country also. Most of the criminal law that has been prevailing in Pakistan was introduced by the British Empire when India was a colony and Pakistan was part of it. Even then a care was taken to understand the social conditions and criminal law was tried to be conditioned according to the cultural circumstances of the colony. This is the reason that it was willfully accepted by India and Pakistan both after their freedom from British Empire. Code of Criminal Procedure (V of 1898) that was implemented in colony is still largely the prescribed criminal procedure followed by the courts in Pakistan. Similarly the Penal Code (XLV of 1860) that was introduced in colony is still largely followed in shape of Pakistan Penal Code.

Arrests & Searches
Bail Bond Service
Criminal Litigation
Drug Crime
Drunk Driving
Sex Crime
Speeding & Traffic Ticket
White Collar Crime

Bankruptcy & Debt


The Business Restructuring and Creditor Rights Practice represents clients in virtually every aspect of complex litigation and transactional matters involving troubled and financially distressed businesses, including the acquisition and sale of assets and claims; the prosecution and defense of preference and fraudulent conveyance claims; the formation and implementation of credit policies and procedures; the structuring of loans and other financing arrangements involving debtor-in-possession financing, letters of credit, leasing and floor-planning; and the negotiation and formulation of out-of-court restructuring arrangements and reorganization plans. As necessary to achieve clients' objectives, our practice regularly draws on attorneys in the firm's Labor and Employment, Litigation and Tax Departments, and its Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Property Practices. We also support ZA-LLP's growing International Practice, having successfully represented businesses and individuals from USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Taking legal action to reclaim debt should be a last resort, and often the threat is enough to make your customers pay you. However, if your usual ways of recovering debt have failed, there are things to consider before beginning the legal process. The court generally offers three processes for settling disputes depending on the amount of money involved. The small claims process - part of the civil court system - is an inexpensive and straightforward way of settling disputes over smaller amounts. Claims over Rs. 200,000 should go through either the fast track process (up to Rs. 500,000) or the multi-track process (above Rs. 1,000,000). However, a High Court judge may also refer cases involving larger sums to the small claims process - or you can request this with your debtor's agreement.

Credit Repair
Debt & Collection

Employment & Labor

Employment law is the set of laws and rules that regulate relationships between employers and employees, these laws compliment in smooth running of the business with regard to matters relating to employment for achieving the target of higher productivity, reasonable profits, better earnings and reduction in unjust practices or discrimination.

The relationship between an employer and an employee in the workplace is delicate but fundamental. This relationship can define the employee's experience in the workplace and the success of the employer.

When an employer wants to hire someone, there’s a lot they have to know. There are minimum wage laws that require the employer to pay a certain amount. There are laws that prohibit the employer from discriminating against applicants or employees based on certain characteristics. Employers must provide a safe working environment. In some cases, they must provide health insurance options. Employers must collect and submit payroll taxes on behalf of the employee.

Employment Rights
Hiring & Firing
Job Discrimination
Labor Law
Sexual Harassment
Social Security
Wage & Hour
Wrongful Termination



Family law, also known as matrimonial law or the law of native relations, is an area of the law that deals with family affairs and domestic relations, such as adoption, divorce, child custody and support etcetera.

Here you may find information about family law in Pakistan. Our team of family lawyers best assist their clients in resolving family law affairs herein Pakistan. The legal system is based on English common law and Islamic law. The former is more influential in commercial law while the later is more influential in personal status (and more recently, criminal and tax law to some extent).

After the partition of India in 1947, the legislation relating to Muslim family law introduced in British India continued to govern personal status. A seven-member Commission on Marriage and Family Laws was established in 1955 with a remit to consider the personal status laws applicable in the new state and determine the areas needing reform. The Commission submitted its report in 1956, suggesting a number of reforms, including, for example, the consideration of all triple talaqs (except for the third of three) as single, revocable repudiations.

Child Abuse
Child Custody
Child Support
Child Visitation
Divorce & Separation
Domestic Violence


Immigration law refers to the statutes, regulations, and legal precedents governing immigration into and deportation from a country. Whereas the citizenship is a legal status that means a person has a right to live in a state and that state cannot refuse them entry or deport them.

Immigration law is distinct from other matters such as naturalisation and citizenship, although they are sometimes immixed. On the other hand, the legal status of citizenship may be conferred at birth, or, in some states, obtained through naturalisation.

Our services extends right around the world, with association of emigration consultants and lawyers for providing emigration services for entry to USA, UK, Canada, European Countries, Middle East, Australia and Newzeland etc. We provide a wide range of services for many visas types and categories. Our global emigration services are specifically tailored to assist our clients in traveling or migration to another country. Our qualified migration consultants are ready and willing to provide our clients with valuable emigration advice.

Business Visa
Dependent Visa
Permanent Residency
Retirement Visa
Work Permit


Insurance law is the part of law practice concerning insurance, inclusive of insurance policies and claims. Insurance is a contract whereby, for a stipulated consideration, one party undertakes to compensate the other for loss on a specified subject by specified perils. The party agreeing to make the compensation is usually called the insurer or underwriter, the other the insured or assured, the agreed consideration, the premium, the written contract, a policy the events insured against risks of perils and the subject, right, or interest to be protected, the insurable interest.

A contract whereby one undertakes to indemnify another against loss, damage, or liability arising from an unknown or contingent event and is applicable only to some contingency or act to occur in future; An agreement by which one party for a consideration promises to pay money or its equivalent or to do an act valuable to other party upon destruction, loss, or injury of something in which other party has an interest.

Insurance transfers and allocates risks from the person taking the policy or "the insured" to the insurance company or "insurer." An insurance policy is a special agreement between the insurer and the insured. To be enforceable, the insurance policy must meet all of the usual requirements of a contract and, in addition, the insured must have an "insurable interest" in the subject matter being insured, such as property, life, and health.

Bad Faith Insurance
Health insurance
Insurance Defense
Insurance Fraud
Life Insurance

Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property law deals with laws to protect and enforce rights of the creators and owners of inventions, writing, music, designs and other works, known as the 'intellectual property'. There are several areas associated with intellectual property including copyrights, industrial designs, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Our website provides you with complete and comprehensive information relative to intellectual property law in Pakistan, ranging from trademark to copyrights, patent and design registration in Pakistan.

Intellectual property issues are critical to the success of any business, regardless of its size. ZA-LLP helps clients in virtually all industries, obtain, protect and enforce patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. Our IP lawyers have strong technical backgrounds and extensive legal and commercial experience as in-house IP counsel, patent and trademark examiners. We routinely interact with patent and trademark examiners in the Pakistan Patent and Trademark Office, and secure and protect intellectual property rights efficiently on a very cost-effective tariff. ZA-LLP's intellectual property lawyers speak the business and technical languages of our clients. The whole focus of our IP counsel is secure the IP Rights for our clients to the maximum competitive advantage from effective exploitation and safeguarding their intellectual assets.


Accidents & Injuries

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as against the damage to property. In our domestic jurisdiction, injury is commonly refer as a civil type of lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit has suffered harm to his or her body or mind.

The fact that mishaps are fairly commonplace does not detract from the pain and confusion that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. If you decide to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident or injury, you may have a number of general questions about "personal injury" cases. Personal injury law refers to the legal remedies and defenses involved in civil lawsuits brought as a result of wrongful conduct. In fact, the word "tort" comes from a Latin term meaning twist, wrong, or harm. In contrast to criminal law, a tort action does not involve the government prosecuting the wrongdoer. Rather, these cases involve a private plaintiff seeking compensation (usually money) for the harm caused by the defendant's actions.

Most personal injury cases are based on the doctrine of negligence. In essence, negligence requires every member of society to act responsibly and avoid putting others at risk. That is not to say that negligence will result each time someone gets hurt. The doctrine recognizes that some accidents are unavoidable. To establish liability, the plaintiff must show that a reasonably prudent person in the defendant's position would have acted differently under the circumstances.

Personal Injury

Real Estate


Real estate law also known as the property law is the area of law that governs using, buying and selling of land. It’s the law that governs how people acquire property and what they can do with the property that they own.

From the ground-up construction project to the sophisticated financing transaction, our real estate attorneys provide clients with a broad range of skills and experience vital to the business of the real estate industry. A significant practice area at Zafar & Associates, our real estate group assists all who are involved in the dynamic real estate field from purchasers, sellers, and developers to borrowers and lenders. The strength of our attorneys' knowledge in complex transactions ensures efficient and timely attention to those clients engaged in major real estate investment, development, and lending activities across the country. Tapping into the firm's corporate, tax, and litigation practice areas, our attorneys can create teams designed for every type of real estate-related situation like Commercial and Residential Lawsuits, Buyer-Seller Disputes and Property Development Issues that might arise.

We deal with all kinds of Property cases including Transfer of Property by Act of Parties, Transfer of Property (Moveable or Immoveable, Tangible or Intangible), Sale, Mortgage, Lease, Charge of Immovable Property and Exchange, Gifts and all kinds of Claims regarding Property, Accession, Occupancy Rights, Vested Interests, Contingent Interest and Conditional Transfer etc.

Commercial Real Estate
Housing, Construction & Development
Land Use & Zoning
Landlord & Tenant

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