Mr. Syed Shayan Ahmed is the Director Law Programme and Co-Founder of Themis School of Law and is part of the teaching faculty for Law of Trusts & Equity and Public & Constitutional Law courses. He has also previously taught various other modules of the LLB Programme, including Islamic Law, Commercial Law and Contract Law.
He, along with the other founders, envisioned the establishment of a top quality law school in Karachi, which would not only focus on the academic success of the students but would also have a strong emphasis on development of supplementary programmes which would build the lawyering skills and intellect of its student body. To this end, Themis School of Law has pioneered and introduced various vocational courses which complement the LLB (Hons) curriculum.
By way of background, Mr. Syed Shayan Ahmed is a law graduate of the University of London and is enrolled as an Advocate and is a member of Sindh Bar Council and Karachi Bar Association. He also attended the University of North Florida, USA prior to his LLB (Hons) where he studied for an undergraduate degree in Political Sciences.
Having formally started his legal career from a top-tiered corporate law firm in Pakistan, where he was involved in major transactional and commercial matters, including advising on Pakistan’s first LNG Import Terminal Project set up at Port Qasim, Karach, as well as leading multiple transactions including structuring and legal documentation of complex Islamic financing products worth over PKR 3.5 billion, Mr. Ahmed has, over time, developed considerable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to Company and Commercial Law, Banking and Finance including Islamic Finance, Property and Real Estate Law, Medical Negligence Law, Power Projects, Procurement Laws, Family Laws, Islamic Inheritance Laws including cross-border succession matters, Trademarks, and Labour and Employment Laws. He continues to provide advisory services to multiple organisations and individual clients on diverse array of legal matters and is also a trainer and faculty member for various executive education workshops and diploma programmes.
Junaid Ahmed is a Barrister-at-Law from Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and a law graduate of University of London, and he completed his Bar Professional Training Course from The University of West of England, Bristol and now completing his LL.M thesis. He is as an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and has been practicing law since 2013.
He is the Co-Founder and Director of Themis School of Law, Karachi, and served as the first Head of the Institution for two academic sessions from 2015 till 2017. He has been teaching law for the past 8 years, and has been a permanent law faculty for Criminal and Property law with an average passing rate of more than 90%. He has previously taught Contract law, Tort law, Islamic law, Intellectual Property law, EU law, Company law and Jurisprudence & Legal Theory. He regularly conducts workshops and tailored courses on the subjects of Civil litigation, Advocacy, Employment, Family and Tax.
He particularly enjoys practicing challenging and contentious areas. He is among the few lawyers at the bar who can confidently handle briefs as well as corporate projects from any area of law. He is particularly recognized for his successful advocacy and research before the High Courts and District Courts of Pakistan in a number of sensitive cases surrounding constitution, taxation, white-collar crime (including NIB/FIA), commercial, land, intellectual property (including trademarks, patents), family and employment/service law.
Apart from dispute resolution, he advises variety of local and international clients on regulatory matters, contracts, compliance and corporate law.
Mr. Khurram Rashid is a Barrister-at-Law from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. He has been a Partner at Surridge and Beecheno, a top-tiered law firm of Pakistan with offices in Karachi and Lahore and has vast experience in legal practice and is involved in both contentious and non-contentious complex matters. Mr. Khurram has recently started his own law firm from where he regularly advises both local and international clients.
Mr. Khurram Rashid is also a renowned name in the academic field and has been teaching law for the past 20 years to students from a diverse background, including LLB, CA and ACCA students. His students highly appreciate and admire his teaching methodology and style of inculcating complex legal concepts in a simplified manner.
He will be teaching Contract Law at Themis School of Law.
Rayhab Afzal is an Advocate High Court and has practiced law, as a Litigator, for a considerable period of time in both Islamabad and Karachi. She completed her LLB (Hons.) from University of London followed by an LLM in International Business Law from University College London. She has previously taught Public Law and Contract Law modules of the University of London.
She will be teaching Public Law and IPHR at Themis School of Law.
Rana Ali Yar Khan is an advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan. His litigation and corporate experience traverse a broad spectrum of industries including insurance, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, companies, intellectual property, tax and white-collar crime. A LUMS alumni, where he was a Research Assistant to the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja. He is regularly engaged by the Legal Aid Society on different projects pertaining to revising the prison legislation and training of judicial actors upon core aspects of criminal trials. He loves trekking and was part of the first Pakistani group to reach Masherbrum base camp in winters.
Manal Wasiq Khan is a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and has completed her LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London. Thereafter, she pursued the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from the BPP Law School, having attained a Very Competent grade. She continued to practice in litigation for a period of three (03) years. Barrister Khan has a strong hold in the art of advocacy which has led her to make a name for herself in a short span of time. Barrister Khan’s legal practice background involves working on contentious and non-contentious matters especially in the field of Family law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and Admiralty Law. Since then, Barrister Khan has moved full time towards the academia side of the legal profession and is now working with us in the capacity of a Programme Leader and Faculty Member for the First Year module of Legal System and Methods (LSM).
Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi is a practicing Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is the Managing Director of Chatham Chambers Solicitors and Advocates. Ishtiaq has experience in immigration law, commercial and residential property law, landlord and tenant, civil litigation, intellectual property and wills and probate including Shariah law. He has previously undertaken charity and community work as well as advising at the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) on various immigration matters including Entry Clearance applications and appeals; Extensions of leave to Remain; Settlement Applications and Work Permits.
Dr. Janis Brakowski is a psychiatrist and clinician scientist and he is the deputy head of the Center for Acute Psychiaty at the Psychiatric University Clinic Zurich (University of Zurich). He studied medicine, philosophy and history at the Charité University Medicine Berlin & Humboldt University Berlin and received his doctoral degree (Dr. med.) from the University of Zurich. Dr. Brakowski is specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy and is lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) at the University of Zurich (Faculty of Medicine). He conducts research projects in psychiatry, psychotherapy, economics (telemedicine) and adjunct fields.
At Themis School of Law, Dr. Brakowski will hold lectures and seminars on legal aspects of telemedicine, Psychiatry and Law, Neuroscience and Law, and psychiatric aspects of Criminal Law. Besides, together with his group at Themis School of Law, Dr. Brakowski will conduct research on legal aspects of e-health and develop a multidisciplinary international academic exchange network on telemedicine.
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