Usman Jillani

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‘Usman Jillani is extremely thorough and diligent and has built a fantastic team. He is well respected in the Islamabad High Court.’

Legal 500, 2023

Usman Jillani is an Associate Partner at ABS & Co’s Islamabad office where he works as part of the Dispute Resolution practice. He heads the litigation practice in Islamabad.

Usman Jillani completed his B.A LLB (Hons) from the Punjab University Law College. Jillani studied Civil Procedure Code from Justice (r) Aamir Raza Khan and secured a distinction in the subject. He also worked as a Research Associate with Research Society of International Law (RSIL) during last two years of his graduation.

After graduation, Jillani has devoted his attention towards litigation related to various areas of law and is presently dealing with around 200 cases, while having a disposal rate of around 20 cases per month. Most significantly, Jillani is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500.

As part of his practice, Jillani has been instrumental in favorably arguing complex real estate matters related to land acquisition before different High Courts i.e. Balochistan, Abbottabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, etc. wherein he has been successful in obtaining a relief amounting to billions of rupees for the firm’s clients. Jillani being of fastidious nature, has also identified major law points and lacunae within the cases assigned to him and has advised clients, leading to favorable decisions.

Some of the areas of law Jillani has practiced in include; taxation, land acquisition, real estate, energy sector, contractual disputes, construction matters, employment matters, ECL matters, arbitration, banking laws, etc.

Aside from litigation, Jillani’s acute sense with regards to law and the ability to discern a viable course of action, has been helpful in his endeavor into transactional work. In relation to which, he has drafted numerous sale agreements/ agreements to sell, power of attorneys, service contracts, policies establishing entities/ commissions, policies related to surety bonds etc. Jillani is also handling various criminal cases pertaining to white-collar crimes on behalf of various public sector entities.

Jillani’s published work includes Explosive Remnants of War in Pakistan; the consonance between international law and Pakistan’s existing legal and administrative framework (co-authored): The Pakistan Journal of International Law (A publication by) Research Society of International Law, Pakistan. 1.3 & 1.4 [Combined Edition] (July-December): 95-120. Print; and Co-Authored a Manual, “Good Decision–Making Under Pakistan Law, A Guide For Civil Servants” published by the Research Society of International Law – 2018

Reported Judgements

  • 2021 CLC 103
  • 2020 CLC 2089
  • 2020 MLD 2014
  • PLD 2021 Islamabad 87
  • 2021 YLR 1222
  • 2021 CLC 909
  • 2021 YLR 341
  • 2021 PLC (CS) 1309
  • Eligible and applied for his Advocate of Supreme Court license
  • Challenged the vires of Section 7E of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 before the Islamabad High Court
  • Assisted in advisory services to NTDC regarding procurement laws 
  • Assisted in Writ Petitions challenging the vires of GIDCO, and Section 31(5) of the NEPRA Act 
  • Decided more than 50 oldest cases pending before Islamabad High Court and Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench. 
  • Assisted in Writ Petitions, and Advised, for Grant of License for Wind & Solar Power 
  • Appeared and argued cases related to Privatization Commission before Islamabad High Court 
  • Advised a Tobacco Company on various Taxation issues related to FED, Sales Tax & Income Tax. 
  • Got Interim Reliefs in various cases against FBR on behalf of various taxpayers. 
  • Real Estate
  • Land Acquisition
  • Construction
  • Taxation
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Banking & Finance
  • Microfinance


BA.LL.B (Hons). Punjab University


Punjab Bar Council

‘Usman Jillani is extremely thorough and diligent and has built a fantastic team. He is well respected in the Islamabad High Court.’

Legal 500, 2023

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