Asma Hamid

PROFILE

Address
Office of the Advocate General Punjab, Room 329, Supreme Court Building, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan.
T: +92 51 9207925 
F: +92 51 9217824 Cell: +92 (0) 345 8805888 E:
agpb@ag.gop.pk - asma.hamid@ag.gop.pk asma.hamid2121@gmail.com

1. PROFESSIONAL STATUS AND EXPERIENCE 

STATUS:

  • Additional Advocate General Punjab 
  • Advocate High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan

EXPERIENCE:

• Office of the Advocate General, Punjab:

  • Assistant Advocate General January 2014 - March 2015
  • Additional Advocate General March 2015 to date 
  • Acting Advocate General from January 2016 - March 2016 & December 15 - 30, 2017.
  • Represent Province/Government of Punjab in the Lahore High Court, Lahore and its Benches in Punjab, Islamabad High Court, Federal Shariat Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. 
  • Advise the Chief Minister of Punjab on an extensive range of policy matters including energy, criminal matters, prosecution reforms, security, State land resumption, agricultural laws reforms, service matters, etc.

•  Fazle Ghani Advocates:   

Associate Counsel October 2011- December 2012 Handled litigation and related legal services for Property suits, Recovery of Finances and Family Matters, Oil & Gas Petroleum, Employment & Labour, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Mining, Heritage legislation, Commercial Contracts portfolios for one of the oldest and well-established corporate and constitutional law firms in Pakistan. Handled extensive corporate legal work for Indus Motor Co., Lakson Tobacco, Thal Engineering Ltd. and Dawlance including agreements concentrate on Agency and Distribution, Supply of Goods, After-sales Services, Franchising, Data Protection, Partnership and Intellectual Property, Shareholder Rights, IPOs, etc.

  • Hamid Law Associates, Lahore, Pakistan
    Advocate High Court/Associate Counsel, January 2002 - December 2007

     
    • Litigated for recovery suits in Banking Court; achieved a high success rate of settlements between our clients (Banks) and loan defaulters; 
    • Advised clients on IPOs, mergers and contracts for clients that included PepsiCo, Azko Nobel (ICI), Beaconhouse School System and premier Pakistani textile houses, investment funds, independent power projects;
    • Negotiated terms of arbitration and designed dispute settlement formats for clients; researched and drafted memoranda and pleadings that successfully negotiated arbitral awards for Pakistan’s National Highway Authority, National Bank and Government of Pakistan’s Rural Support Fund. 
    • Prepared amicus curiae briefs for constitutional cases before Pakistan’s Supreme Court argued by Senior Counsel on behalf of the Provincial Government that achieved a ban on production of hazardous kite flying wire; researched and drafted pleadings and briefs on behalf of Provincial Government that persuaded the Supreme Court to adjudicate favorably with regard to a constitutional amendment pertaining to judicial appointments; 
    • Represented Pakistan at International Development Lawyer’s Organization’s Seminar on Microfinance in Rome, Italy in October, 2006.
       
  • The Institute of Legal Studies (TILS), Lahore, Pakistan:  
    Lecturer, Contract Law, September, 2004- June 2005
  • Vellani & Vellani Law, Karachi, Pakistan: 
  • Visiting Counsel, June-July 2010
  • Handled cases of  trademark and patent infringement in Pakistan ; 
  • Researched and drafted a memorandum on behalf of H. J. Heinz Company detailing the  grounds on which the shape of their ketchup bottle was permissible for registration as a trademark; this was a landmark undertaking in Pakistan where shapes had previously not been deemed to be liable for trademark protection. 

2. EDUCATION

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA: 
  • LLM, May 2011, specialized in Constitutional Law
  • Negotiation Workshop, Harvard Law School (January, 2011)
  • Summer Academic Fellow, Harvard Law School 2011-12
    • Activities /Awards at HLS:
    • Distinction awarded for LLM Long Paper Thesis titled ‘INDEPENDENCE v. ACCOUNTABILITY; JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS REFORM IN PAKISTAN IN THE AGE OF CONSTITUTIONALISM’
  • LLM Class Representative of the Harvard International Law Society
  • HLS LLM Class Representative of the Harvard International Affairs Council
  • Vice-President, Organizational Management/HLS Representative of the Harvard Students for Pakistan Group.
  • Organizer of Law & International Development (LIDS), Symposium. Coordinated Professor Amartya Sen and Madame Michele Pierre-Louis, former Prime Minister of Haiti as keynote speakers at the 2010 LIDS Symposium: Rebuilding After the Storm: The Role of Law in Post Natural Disaster Development, 11/19/2010)
  • Organizer of Panel Discussion of His Excellency Abdullah Hussain Haroon (Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations), Professor Noah Feldman (Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard University) and Professor Graham T. Allison (Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard Kennedy School of Government), on the ‘Future Relationship of US, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Legal Implications of Drone Strikes.’ 

City Law College, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
LL.B, June 1996
Honors:

Ranked 4th in class of 200 (LL.B Part II) and 3rd in class of 170 (LL.B Part III)

3. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Founder, Pakistan Chapter of Harvard Law School Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Member, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Member, Harvard Pakistan Students Association
  • Member of the Punjab Bar Council 
  • Lifetime Member of the Lahore High Court Bar Association 
  • Lifetime Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association

4. HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regularly advised clients in corporate and commercial laws comprising reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts, general advice, opinions, due-diligence, structuring and leading complex and high value transactions. Carried out extensive work in the areas of public and private sector projects, contracts, joint ventures, banking and finance laws, capital markets and securities laws, foreign investment, insurance laws, construction and real estate laws, employment and labour laws, energy, water and environmental laws.
  • Represented various foreign investment companies seeking to set up companies in Pakistan to carry out various investment works – advising them on applicability and implementation of various laws in Pakistan. 
  • Opined on matters relating to Punjab Public Private Partnership for Infrastructure Act, 2010, the main legislation regulating the PPPs for infrastructure in Pakistan, for a private investor client.
  • Legal advisor for IPO of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Plant. 
  • Represented and argued on behalf of Public Sector Companies and the Government of Punjab in the Public Sector Companies Case in favour of corporatisation of public services by the Government to ensure efficiency, transparency and quality. Judgment in the case is reserved.
  • Representing Mines & Minerals Department and Environment Department, Government of Punjab in the Human Rights Case in the matter of the ‘Drying Up of the Shri Katas Raj Pond’ in Chakwal. Assisting the Supreme Court on the implications of the Study for Delineating Negative & Positive Areas in the Salt Range & Trans Indus Area in Punjab and its implications on the cement sector in Pakistan. 
  • Argued and won the case ‘Maple Leaf versus Environmental Protection Agency, Punjab’ in the Lahore High Court, stopping the expansion of cement plants until approval is obtained from the EPA
  • Secured the closure of mine leases in the Margallah Hills Mining Leases Case in the Supreme Court until the lessees obtain environmental approvals. 
  • Argued and won the case ‘Famous Brands versus Government of Punjab’ in the Lahore High Court, ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted construction of the Ring Road around Lahore that was held up on account of this litigation.
  • Legal advisor to the Mines & Minerals Department, Industries Department and Environment Department on the inclusion of the cement sector in the regulatory Schedule of Industries laws in Punjab. Successful in regulating the cement industry in Punjab for the first time in three decades. Formulated a flow chart for approvals to be granted in the sector that incorporates all necessary administrative bodies.
  • Represented Govt. of Punjab in  ‘Colony Sugar Mills versus Government of Punjab’ reported as 2017 PTD 406 and won the case securing Rs. 3 billion in tax revenue for the Excise & Taxation Department allowing the imposition of excise duty on the manufacture of spirit by all distilleries in Punjab.
  • Argued on behalf of the Sub-Registrar Rawalpindi, Government of Punjab in the CVT Case and won the case, setting aside the Lahore High Court judgment that barred the Government for collecting tax on the registration of power of attorney executed in favour of a stranger, involving tax revenue of over Rs. 2 billion
  • Represented the Forest Department, Government of Punjab in ‘Province of Punjab versus Syed Ghazanfar Ali Shah’ reported as 2017 SCMR 172 before the Supreme Court of Pakistan saving 117 acres of Forest land in Sheikhupura, Punjab from the land grabber mafia
  • Represented Province of Punjab in ‘Kohinoor Textile Mills versus Govt. of Punjab’ reported as 2015 CLC 1232 and Hilal Tanneries Case in the Lahore High Court and won the case, barring the industrial set ups from selling State land grants for paying off commercial loans.
  • Represented Province of Punjab in ‘Sui Southern Gas Ltd versus Federation of Pakistan’ in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, arguing against the power of the Federation to legislate in the field of labour and ancillary matters related thereto. I argued in favour of the completion of the devolution process after the 18th Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan that takes specific subjects including labour out of the purview of the Federal Legislature. Judgment is reserved.
  • Represented the Inspector General of Police, Punjab and the Home Department in the case of the ‘Rape & Murder of the Minor Girl, Zainab in Kasur’ before the Supreme Court in which the case concluded with the arrest of the accused, his conviction and my arguments secured the banning of Dr. Shahid Masood’s talk show on national TV for three months on the basis of his false allegations against the Government of Punjab in the case. 
  • Represented Province of Punjab in the Supreme Court in ‘NESPAK versus Kamil Khan Mumtaz (Orange Line Case)’, securing a favourable judgment allowing the recommencement of construction of the Orange Line Metro Train Project in Lahore. 
  • Represented Food Department, Government of Punjab in the Supreme Court in the Wheat Export Subsidy Case, arguing and securing a favourable leave granting order and suspension of the High Court judgment with regard to foreign exchange regulations related to the wheat export policy. 
  • Legal advisor to and representative of Punjab Land Commission in the Bahawalpur Land Reforms Case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. 
  • Legal advisor to and representative of Technical & Vocational Training Institutes Association in Punjab. 
  • Legal advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab on policy and projects for Energy, Power, Coal Plants, Education, Health, Health Reforms, Culture, Industries Regulation, Child Protection, Women Empowerment, Agriculture, Irrigation, Industrial Regulation, Transport and Public Sector Companies.
  • Part of the legal team for advising Chief Minister Punjab and Information Department, Government of Punjab on Political Advertisements Case. Drafted Guidelines for political ads that are to be adopted by all Provinces of Pakistan and dovetailed all aspects with the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA).
  • Legal advisor to Labour Department for drafting legislation related to Occupational & Safety Hazards (OSH) incorporating ILO Conventions requirements. The Bill has been approved by the Cabinet and is to be passed shortly by the Provincial Assembly. 
  • Part of the legal team for Restructuring & Capacity Building of EPA/EPD, Punjab for Effective Enforcement of Environmental Standards in Punjab Project (2017). 
  • Part of the legal team for advising on Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Program to Supply Safe Drinking Water to Rural and Peri-Urban Areas of Punjab.
  • Judge, Law Moot Court Competition held in Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Law School in February, 2017.
  • Judge, Pakistan Law Moot Court Competition organised by United States Department of Justice – OPDAT (Overseas Prosecution Development Assistance and Training). 
  • Judge, Final Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition organised by US, Department of Justice in February, 2018 in Islamabad. 
  • Liaison between the Office of the Advocate General, Punjab and Department of Justice – OPDAT (Overseas Prosecution Development Assistance and Training) for future collaboration for training in criminal / prosecution matters.