Waqqas, Partner at Axis Law, earned his Bachelors of Law from University of London and Masters of Law from Harvard University in 2012. He completed the Bar Vocational Course in the year 2007 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincoln’s Inn the same year.
Waqqas represents and advises clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. His practice primarily focuses on civil, commercial, banking, competition/anti-trust, taxation, telecommunications, and constitutional law matters.
Waqqas routinely advises local and foreign clients on regulatory compliance relating to doing business in Pakistan, capital markets, merger control, public procurement as well as public-private partnerships.
Waqqas regularly appears in courts across Pakistan on behalf of major corporations as well as public sector organizations in high profile cases relating to lending disputes, enforcement of security, investigation of companies, shareholders’ disputes, insurance disputes, challenges to constitutionality of various laws, environmental law as well as animals’ rights. Waqqas has been appointed as amicus curiae on multiple occasions by the Lahore High Court, Lahore in matters relating to taxation, energy, interpretation of the Constitution of Pakistan, environment and local government. Waqqas is considered a specialist on antitrust / competition law matters having served as Joint Director (Legal Division) at Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) from 2009 to 2010. For the past few years he has contributed the annual Pakistan Chapter to Getting the Deal Through’s Merger Control guide (published by Law Business Research Limited, UK in collaboration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer).
He has also published academic papers on various aspects of the law and is regularly invited to speak about regulatory law and policy.