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Our Team

Salman Safdar

Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn)
LL.B (Hons) London School of Economics & Political Sciences
BA Political Science Government College University, Lahore

Barrister Salman Safdar is a law graduate from London School of Economics & Political Sciences and was called to the Bar from the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom in the year 1999. As part of his training, Salman Safdar worked with various eminent Barristers and conducted several trials in the Crown Courts of England. He completed his pupilage at two renowned law firms in the United Kingdom, Miles and Co and Miles and Partners.

Upon returning to Pakistan in 2000, he had the honour of working with Senior Advocate Supreme Court, Mr. Khwaja Sultan Ahmad, under whose guidance and pupilage he further refined the art of cross examination and advocacy skills. Contributing in both trial and appellate work, Salman began building a reputation of a staunch opponent in Court, with exceptional advocacy skills.

In early 2002 Salman began working independently in his own Chamber and in a short span of time, the Chamber earned a good repute for its expertise and professionalism amongst both the bench and the bar. The Chamber specialized in criminal litigation, with expertise in the newly developing anti-terror and financial crime sector.

In 2004 the Government, through Ministry of Law & Human Rights Division, appointed Salman as a Special Prosecutor for Anti-Terrorism cases in the Province of Punjab recognizing his ability to work under pressure and take on cases that most lawyers would normally avoid. His competence was appreciated by the Honorable Judges of the High Court and he maintained several convictions in a system where appeals are more likely to be admitted that not.

Salman's experience as a prosecutor in Anti Terrorism cases has given him insight into arrest, investigation and trial procedures. He realizes the failings of the system and where it is at the weakest. In light of his experience, he is often invited as a policy commentator and consultant in suggesting and amending the current statute.

Realizing the difficulties faced by appellate prosecutors, Salman began his foray in to training prosecutors and police officials to improve the general standard of criminal prosecutions in Pakistan. His contributions were recognized when he was taken upon as a consultant by the US Embassy in the Access to Justice Program. Concurrently, he conducted police investigation trainings, workshops on forensic legal regime and lectures at the Punjab Judicial Academy. He is one of the few experts on Prosecution development in the country and regularly conducts lectures and workshops on criminal procedure, evidence and advocacy skills.

Salman continued his relationship with academia by teaching at Criminal Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the University of London External Program at University College Lahore (UCL).

His experience includes legal representation in over 400 murder cases and innumerable high profile criminal cases. Advising clients on immigration matters also falls within his specialization and expertise. Salman was given the "Outstanding Performance Award" by the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan in 2006 at Lahore.

RAZA BASHIR

B.A; LL.B (University of Punjab)
M.A Political Sciences (University of Punjab)

Raza graduated from Pakistan College of Law and subsequently undertook a Master's degree in Political Sciences from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He has been enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court and handles litigation in the Magistrates as well as Sessions Court in Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Faisalabad and Islamabad. Raza possess vast experience in advocacy in criminal matters, ranging from Bail matters to complex trials and has appeared in over three hundred criminal matters involving serious offences. Raza also renders advice on Immigration matters and has successfully processed numerous settlement and UK visa refusal appeal cases.

Raza has considerable experience in dealing with civil and family law matters. His understanding of laws relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance and child custody make him a first-pick in litigation and opinion work.

Muneeb Ashraf Cheema

M.Sc Criminology and Security Studies (Punjab University)
LL.B (University of the Punjab)
B.Sc Naval Sciences

Muneeb is on a year-leave during which he is serving as Special Prosecutor NAB.

Muneeb brings diverse and vast experience to the Chamber. Having served in the Pakistan Navy before turning to Law, his understanding of the Laws of the High Seas and Court Martial Procedures is unmatched. He has worked on cases related to Anti-Terrorism, Anti-Narcotics, Murder, Extortion, Dacoity, Cheating, Forgery and Crminal Breach of Trust. Muneeb is also responsible for handling litigation outside of Lahore and frequently visits Gujrat, Jhelum, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Wazirabad to follow up on cases. He has a deep interest in academics and regularly presents papers at a variety of conferences ranging from the development of Anti Corruption Laws and Juvenile Justice in Pakistan.

He is currently an Instructor at Superior College of Law and the University of Punjab. Muneeb completed his LL.B and has an additional Master's degree in Criminology from Punjab University where he was awarded the Gold Medal for academic excellence.

Umar M. Khan

Bar-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn)
LL.B (Hons.) London
BA Government College University

Umar completed his bar vocational course from the Inns of Court School of Law (Lincoln's Inn). Prior to that, Umar did his bachelor's in Law from the University of London (external programmer) and holds an additional Bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science and Psychology from Government College University, Lahore. Umar is currently working in the Chamber as an associate and deals with a wide variety of areas, including among others, Anti-Terrorism, Murder, Narcotics, White collar crime and Cyber law. Umar is also a lecturer of International Human Rights Law at University College Lahore in the external degree programme of University of London.

Umar has also worked as a consultant on various projects related to law, development and the establishment of an effective criminal prosecution service. He has conducted workshops and lectures on advocacy and evidence and continues to be a key asset to such projects.

Hammad Saeed

B.A-LL.B (LUMS)

Hammad completed his B.A-LL.B degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He has a special interest in International Criminal Law and legal development projects in the country. He is currently working in the Chamber as an associate and deals with a wide variety of areas including, among others, Anti-Terrorism, Murder, Narcotics, White Collar and Cyber Crimes.

Hammad has extensive experience in conducting trials in publicly sensitive matters as well as jail trials. He has a deep interest in Jurisprudence and the nexus between criminal and constitutional law.