Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi

Associate Partner | Lahore

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Bakhtawar is a Associate Partner at the firm’s office in Lahore where he works as part of the Dispute Resolution practice. He has over eight years of experience as a litigator and handles contentious matters related to constitutional, employment and tax issues in the High Courts. His interest in political theory, law & economics, property law and constitutionalism allows him to bring a diverse range of perspectives to bear on the propositions he handles. 

He has previously advised a number of government entities such as the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, Pakistan Railways, the Water and Sanitation Agency and the National Transmission & Despatch Company on constitutional issues related to devolution, legislative competence and property law.

As part of the dispute resolution practice, he has advised on several construction-related disputes involving the Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project, Dasu Hydro Power Project, Suki Kinari Hydro Power Project, Kohala Hydro Power Project, Orange Line Metro Bus Project Lahore, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Project, Multan Metro Project, Serena Hotel Project, EOBI Mall/Mixed Used Development Project, UCH-II Gas Field Project, Qatar Radio and Television Complex with Asghal and the NHA-Magic River dispute on the M-2. His experience in the construction industry includes preparation of claims pertaining to extension of time (EOT), prolongation costs, acceleration costs, disruption costs, claims for escalation in unit rates, variations and their pricing and other tax related issues that affect project time-lines and costs.

Bakhtawar is also an integral part of the firm’s Property and Real Estate practice. He has advised on a number of real estate projects which includes Vantage 94 Apartment Buildings by Casa Grande Ventures Private Limited, Capital Smart City Islamabad by Future Development Holdings, Pak Arab Housing Society by Vital Enterprises, River-Ravi Urban Development Project by Habib Rafiq Private Limited and the development of the Central Business District by the Lahore Central Business District Development Authority (LCBDDA). 

Prior to joining ABS & Co, Bakhtawar worked at Saad Rasool Law Associates and at Haidermota & Co in Karachi where he worked as a corporate attorney on several transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

He frequently writes in some of Pakistan’s leading English newspapers including Dawn and The News. He has co-authored the In-House Lawyer’s country guide to Commercial Litigation in Pakistan. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Sheikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at LUMS and has also previously taught at the Nadira Hasan Law Department at Kinnaird.

Bakhtawar completed his LLB from SOAS, University of London where he served as the Managing Editor of the SOAS Law Journal. He did his LLM from the University of Chicago where he topped in Jurisprudence. 

  • Porsche in a constitutional petition challenging the imposition of a regulatory duty on the import of luxury cars by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)
  • China Ocean Engineering Construction Company in challenging the imposition of provincial sales tax on services before the Sindh High Court
  • McDonalds in an important eviction matter involving a lease dispute with the landlord of a Faisalabad outlet 
  • Vinci SA, the world’s largest construction company by revenue, in a dispute against the Government of Punjab in relation to the award of an O&M Contract for a 10-MGD SWT Plant
  • Punjab Population Innovation Fund (PPIF) before the Lahore High Court in a case concerning the constitutionality of section 42 companies established by the Government of Punjab
  • Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) in several landmark petitions challenging the imposition of aquifer charges for the extraction of groundwater from Lahore's water table
  • National Bank of Pakistan in a major employment dispute with regular employees regarding the internal management structure and cadre of the bank related to management trainee officers
  • Habib Bank Limited in major recovery proceedings for a total value of more than PKR 200 million before the Lahore High Court against a major rice manufacturer 
  • Psychic VR Limited, a Japanese tech company, in bringing civil and criminal proceedings against one of its employees in Pakistan for breach of fiduciary duties and for committing fraud 
  • Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) in drafting and negotiating a Gas Supply Agreement with Pakistan Electric Power Company 

  • China Ghezouba Group Companies Limited in relation to a construction dispute with WAPDA concerning several variation orders arising from the Neelum-Jhelum Hyrdro Power Project 
  • Mughals Pakistan in an arbitration claim against EOBI for Rs. 1.9 billion arising out of the construction of the EOBI Hotel Project
  • Zealcon Engineering in relation to a construction dispute with OGDCL pertaining to the UCH-II Gas Field Project
  • TAG Engineering W.L.L in relation to a construction dispute with the Public Works Authority related to the Qatar Radio and Television Complex
  • Fizza Developers in respect of a construction claim arising from the EPC contract for the development of Essem Hotel
  • Mirza Associates in relation to the design and consultancy agreement concerning the Kohala Hydro Power Project 

  • 'Lying on Oath' in Daily DAWN published on 15th September, 2019
  • 'Fair process' in Daily DAWN published on 5th August, 2019
  • 'Justiciable Rights' in Daily DAWN published on 2nd April, 2019
  • 'Patriotic Emotion' in Daily DAWN published on 17th February, 2019
  • 'First Amongst Equals' in Daily DAWN published on 27th January, 2019
  • ‘Blaming Minorities’ in Daily DAWN published on 05th August, 2018
  • ‘Disqualification for Life’ in The News published on 14th February, 2018
  • ‘Curbing Smoking’ in Daily DAWN published on 31st January, 2018
  • ‘Parking Spaces’ in Daily DAWN published on 23rd November, 2017
  • ‘Built on Trust’ in Daily DAWN published on 12th October, 2017
  • ‘Information Markets’ in Daily DAWN published on 14th June, 2017
  • ‘14th Amendment’ in Daily DAWN published on 9th April, 2017
  • ‘Perverse Incentives’ in Daily DAWN published on 29th March, 2017
  • ‘Analysis of a Ban’ in Daily DAWN published on 28th June, 2016
  • ‘Citizens and Terror’ in Daily DAWN published on 5th February, 2016
  • ‘Houbara Hunting’ in Daily DAWN published on 21st January, 2016
  • ‘Insecure Land Title’ in Daily DAWN published on 5th April, 2015

Areas of FOCUS

  • Constitutional Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Disputes
  • Int'l Commercial Arbitration
  • Property & Real Estate


  • LL.M., University of Chicago
  • LL.B., SOAS


  • High Courts of Pakistan
"I have worked closely with Mr. Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi and found him to be an exceptional lawyer with a special ability to communicate solutions in a very knowledgeable and friendly manner. Trustworthy, creative and technical, Mr. Soofi has provided excellent support and advice on the company’s strategy in relation to a high-stakes matter."
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