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 is teaching Contract Law at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
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 is teaching IPHR at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
Ms. Khushbakht Shah is a practicing lawyer in Karachi specializing in family law and civil service law. She is also the founder and host of the Adal Aur Sehat Project and regularly advices on domestic violence matters also representing the victims in court. Ms. Jilani is the youngest lawyer in Pakistan to build a career independently in litigation pertaining to family laws, domestic violence, human rights and women’s rights advocacy. She is teaching Legal System and Methods (LSM) at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
Mr. Shayaan specializes in comparative common law and Islamic law having qualified as both an English lawyer and an Islamic scholar, and practiced law in both Pakistan and the UAE. Shayaan has held appointments as senior lecturer for law at the Institute of Business Management and as tutor for European Union law. He has published on constitutional law and on statutory interpretation in eminent Pakistani law journals and is presently working on a monograph comparing Istehsan (juristic preference in Islam) with Equity in English law.
Prior to academia, he served as an associate to former Federal minister for law Mr. Khalid Anwer before moving on to hold positions as a legal adviser at Pakistan’s largest Islamic bank and an associate with a top Emirati law firm in Dubai. At the LLB he graduated top of his class and received the University of London External Programme's High Achiever Award for Pakistan. He also qualified as a Sharia scholar with grade ‘Outstanding’ receiving Ijaza in all six authentic books of Hadith from eminent scholars. He is particularly interested in the intersection between Islamic law and the interaction between states based on public international law and modern political theory, and aims to further his academic career with a PhD. He is fluent in Arabic and speaks good French. He is teaching Introduction to Islamic Law and EU Law at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
Barrister Ali Tahir is an Advocate High Court and his practice primarily focuses on civil and criminal matters related to Narcotics, Customs, Anti corruption and white collar crimes. Mr. Tahir is also a Legal Advisor at Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan Coast Guards, MAPS and Make a Wish Foundation. He is also the director of the Center for Law and Access to Justice at Ziauddin University. He has an interest in Pakistani current affairs, economy, constitutional developments, foreign policy, and international law.
He is teaching Jurisprudence & Legal Theory at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
Kawish Hussain is an alumni of Themis School of Law, and is from the graduating batch of 2018. He is currently enrolled as an Advocate, and holds a lifetime membership with the Sindh Bar Council, and is also a member of the Karachi Bar Association. Kawish, throughout his School, High School and University life, has been an active participant, and holds a history of success, in competitions like orating, debating, extempore, mooting, mock trials and public speaking events, as such he is desirous and inclined towards Law Practice, alongside being passionate of teaching.
Kawish routinely works on array of legal matters pertaining to civil and criminal litigation, which includes but is not limited to legal research, drafting, advocacy and case management. Apart from representing clients before the District Courts/Tribunals, he assists seniors regularly in the High Court as well. Kawish is presently serving as a full time Associate at JA Legal. He is teaching Tort Law at Themis School of Law in the Academic Session 2021-2022.
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.
Mr. Muhammad Faran Khan is Barrister-at-Law and completed his Bar Training Course (BTC) from the University of West of England, Bristol. Mr.Khan attained his LLB (Hons.) Degree from University of London and is an alumnus of Themis School of Law. He has the honor of securing prestigious ‘First Class Degree Award’ and was amongst the top 15 people around the world to hold the award in 2017 from University of London. Mr. Khan attained distinctions in the subjects of Elements of Law of Contract, Commercial Law, Company Law and Jurisprudence & Legal Theory. Mr.Khan was also awarded the Certificate of Academic Achievement from University of London for achieving the highest marks in Pakistan in the subject 'Elements of Law of Contract'.
Mr. Khan is also a qualified Accountant and has successfully completed the esteemed qualification of Association of Certified Chartered Accounts (ACCA), United Kingdom with majors in Taxation and Advance Audit & Assurance.
Mr. Khan specializes in broad range of litigation work focusing on Commercial, regulatory, Company, Family, Succession, Service and Taxation related matters, and appears regularly before the Subordinate Courts and Tribunals. On the Corporate side he regularly advises clients on range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
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