Bakhtawar is an 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.
"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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