Khawaja Omer Ghias

Associate, Bhandari Naqvi Riaz

  • Barrister-at-Law, LLM
  • Advocate High Court

Email: [email protected]     +92 305 478 1998

Omer Ghias joined the firm in 2019. Omer is a Barrister, Called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. He graduated from the University of Liverpool and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) specialising in Bar Practice from the University of Law (Birmingham).

Before returning to Pakistan, Omer worked with the Liverpool Law Clinic providing pro-bono legal advice under the supervision of their in-house legal team and later went on to join the Legal Advice Centre (Birmingham) where he handled Appeals against the decisions of the Welfare Benefit Tribunals. During his time in the UK, Omer also had the honour of working as a mini-pupil at 7 Harrington Street Chambers (Liverpool) and was chosen under the Lincoln’s Inn Marshalling Scheme to Marshall the Honourable Judge Davis White QC of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Leeds. Omer currently acts as a Local Law Expert to the World Bank, advising and opining on the legal framework of Pakistan (2021-date), and has contributed to the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law Reports of 2022 & 2023.

As an Associate at BNR, Omer regularly assists the Partners in a range of litigation matters and is an integral part of the firm’s tax and arbitration teams. Omer is also the lead counsel in relation to consumer litigation and regularly appears before the Consumer Courts. As part of his non-contentious work, Omer is engaged in the drafting, reviewing, and advising on the terms of various commercial contracts for entities like Samsung EC Pakistan and Service Sales Corporation.

  • LL.B (University of Liverpool) (2018)
  • LL.M (University of Law) (2019)
  • BPTC (University of Law) (2019)
  • Member, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member, Punjab Bar Council
  • Member, Lahore Bar Association
  • Member, Punjab Bar Council
  • Assisting senior counsel in challenging the elections of Stewards of the Lahore Race Club. The Petition was allowed and the judgment was reported in 2022 CLD 1279, titled Tariq Aziz etc Vs Makhdum Ahmed Mahmud etc.
  • Assisting senior counsel in challenging orders passed by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, rejecting the reimbursement of insurance costs of Pakistan’s first utility scale solar power plant.  The petition was partly allowed through judgement dated 10.12.2021, titled Quaid-E-Azam Solar Pakistan (Private) Limited v. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority and others.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration (Domestic and International)
  • Tax law
  • Technology (including Crypto Currencies)
  • Securities Regulation and Company Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media and Telecommunication
  • Civil Litigation