Monday, December 13, 2010

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada BSc., LL.D, Barrister and Senior Advocate Supreme Court is a third generation Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. He began practicing in the then West Pakistan High Court in 1957, joining the Chambers of Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who went on to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 1959, Mr. Pirzada established law chambers in Karachi and was enrolled in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1962. Thereafter, in 1979 he signed the roll of Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court. From 1971 to 1977 Mr. Pirzada was a Member of Parliament and remained a senior Cabinet Minister in Mr. Bhutto’s government holding several important portfolios including those of Finance, Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Federal Provincial Coordination and Education. In 1972 he was elected Chairman of the Constitution Committee of Parliament to frame a new Constitution for Pakistan.
He is the author of the 1973 Constitution which was piloted by him as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and passed by Parliament unanimously. He is considered a leading expert in the field of Constitutional and Administrative Law and is also a member of the Pakistan Law Commission, a statutory body formed for the purposes of reviewing and overhauling the laws of Pakistan.
Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates is listed in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global: The Worlds Leading Lawyers. The latter describes the Head of Chambers, Mr. Pirzada, as a “first class” Senior Advocate who is “sharp, sound, aggressive” in his approach. Noting on his profile in the Supreme Court, peers commented upon his “formidable” and “outstanding” court presence.