Insaaf Farosh

  • TA litigating lawyer is a shopkeeper. He or she has to earn their livelihood through their clients, who are, more often than not, always ready to readily contact their lawyer whenever there is a problem. Tis’ a tough life being a litigating lawyer. Having to get to Court early in the morning, ...

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  • TA common dilemma that is faced by students of the law nowadays is that once they get that law degree in their hands, what should they do with it? Obviously, the goal is to practice law but the profession has evolved a great deal since the days of old. No longer is litigation the only preferred ...

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  • TThere is never a dull moment in the life of a litigating lawyer. A litigating lawyer has the opportunity to work on a large variety of cases – ranging from procedurally technical cases to cases relating to public interest or constitutional issues or that one big case, where there are big ...

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  • TTo argue a case in Court (amongst other things), a litigating lawyer needs to know the facts of the case, the applicable law, the relevant judicial precedents, the level of advocacy required to be able to competently assist the Court. However, aside from the aforesaid items, the litigating lawyer, ...

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  • TWhen a Client brings a problem to a lawyer, looking for a solution, the Client comes armed with not only with his or her knowledgeable background of the case and their own input as to how it should be presented, but also with the relevant documents/papers and materials that substantiate the facts ...

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  • TTechnology has made the ability to enhance one’s skills and capabilities easy. As litigating lawyers, we are required to be able to draft legal documents, pull up research on short notice and check our emails on the go for client requests and office updates, amongst other things. Smartphones, ...

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  • TAfter I got married, (all those years ago), I went with my beautiful wife to Islamabad for a roadtrip to meet up with some friends of ours. By the time I got married, I had passed my LLB examinations, was still undergoing a strenuous apprenticeship with my Ustaad and had begun to appear before the ...

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  • TBecoming a litigating lawyer requires many investments. There is the investment of labor. Investment of thought and re-thinking. Investment of time (hours, days, months, years). Investment in experience – in Court, with Clients and amongst Colleagues. Investment in splitting up oneself into ...

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  • TThe genesis of becoming a lawyer involves many stages. There is the passing of the legal study examinations; there is the getting one’s license to appear as a pleader; there is the first time one appears in Court and gets bamboozled by a strict Judge or a cunning opposing lawyer; there is ...

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  • TWe litigating lawyers live and work in interesting times here in Pakistan. Not only do we get to champion our clients’ various causes for the pursuit of justice; not only do we get the chance to dazzle Judges and fellow Advocates in Court with our legal prowess and the sound of our persuasive ...

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  • TFor any junior lawyer, having the opportunity to train with and learn from a Senior Counsel is a privilege, an honor and a step towards one’s own legal education. It is a “step” because what one learns from his or her Senior, should enable a young lawyer to train and want to ...

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  • TRespectfully Sheweth”, “Wherefore it is most respectfully prayed”, “Without Prejudice”, “Ubi jus ibi remedium (There is no wrong without a remedy)”, “Cause of Action.” These are just a few legal phrases that are common to a litigating ...

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  • TIt was during my apprenticeship during the course of my studying for the LLB exams that I was informed that I would need to go and get a Black Suit, some white collared shirts and a Black Tie in order to dress appropriately before going to Court. I was told in no uncertain terms that even though I ...

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  • TOne of the great attributes of being a lawyer is that once a Client engages a Counsel to “champion” their cause, the latter has the freedom to craft and create an appropriate argument on facts and law that just might persuade a Court to rule in his favor. Every Counsel has his or her ...

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  • TNowadays, we lawyers have a tendency to think that because we have prepared our brief so ‘thoroughly’, when we come to Court, it is almost expected that we will get that ‘stay order’ from a Court. We come to Court - armed with our notes, judicial precedents and swagger, ...

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  • TUpon being engaged by a Client for a particular brief, a Counsel has a duty to acquaint themselves with the facts of the case as well as the applicable laws relating thereto. And an artificial or superficial reading of the facts will not be sufficient to either present the best case possible on ...

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  • TIn the prevailing professional environment of practicing law in Pakistan, us lawyers have earned a notorious reputation for effectively aiding in the delay in the process of justice, by prolonging cases through various methods – some within our control and some not. Take for example, the ...

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  • TAside from preparing a case, after studying the applicable law and applying it to the particular facts and circumstances of the situation, being able to be a tactician is crucial to the conduct of a case in Court by a practicing, litigating lawyer. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the field ...

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  • TBefore joining the noble profession of law, I was fortunate to have done my undergraduate degree in Economics from LUMS. Countless all nighters, endless assignments, multiple quizzes and conceptually tasking lectures by esteemed professors. Once the decision to do law had been made and once I had ...

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  • TSun Tzu says in the famous, “Art of War”, “If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.” As a litigating lawyer, it is important to prepare your strategy so as to ensure that one has flexibility in making the necessary shifts in a particular ...

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  • TThe canons of our esteemed profession provide for three situations whereby Advocates may be permitted to refuse a brief from a potential client. Firstly, if the Counsel does not have the time to put in the required work to the satisfaction of the client. Secondly, if there is a potential conflict ...

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  • TIt is now thirteen years and counting since I decided to embark upon the journey that would change my life forever: the noble profession of law. ”Aa kar vakalat karo meray saath… banday ka putar bun jaao ge”, said my Ustaad back then, when clouded with uncertainty, I had just ...

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