Mohammad Akram Sheikh

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Akram is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and is well renowned, in Pakistan and abroad, as an outstanding jurist.

  • Graduated in law from Punjab University in 1970 and commenced post-graduate studies at Queen Mary University of London in 1972.
  • Started legal practice in 1973.
  • Conferred status of Senior Advocate by full Supreme Court for exceptional services towards development of constitutional and criminal law.

Has advocated numerous ground-breaking cases, reported in national and international law journals, such as:

  • 1983 case of Safia Bibi, a blind girl and rape victim, charged and convicted for giving birth to an illegitimate child and sentenced to imprisonment and flogging (reported as PLD 1985 FSC 120) revolutionising Muslim law on rape and criminal evidence, Is taught in universities of Pakistan and abroad.
  • 1990 spearheaded introduction of Provincial Banking freeing the sector from Federal regulatory control.
  • 1999 case of Sheikh Liaquat Hussain (reported as PLD 1999 SC 504) laying down principles regarding role of the Army as agent of Federal Government;
  • 2001 case of Asfandyar Wali Khan (reported as PLD 2001 SC 607) regarding extra territorial nature of anti-corruption law;
  • Prosecuted Military Dictator Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf for Abrogating Constitution under the guise of Emergency Plus in 2007;
  • In 2007 led the movement for restoration of over 60 judges of Superior Courts in Pakistan and beyond, activating the American, Canadian, English and European Bar Associations. Activated American Bar Association (ABA) which led a procession in Washington for the restoration judiciary of Pakistan;
  • Argued against Emergency Rule in Pakistan (November 2007), before the Supreme Court.
  • Made efforts for restoration of Superior Judiciary which resulted in ouster of the Dictator.
  • Held prestigious offices of Secretary General, Vice Chairman and President of Bar Councils including the Pakistan Bar Council.
  • Has held important positions at national and international level such as Ambassador at Large with status of Federal Minister, Roving Ambassador of Pakistan.
  • Elected Council member of the Commonwealth Lawyer’s Association (CLA), active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and LawAsia and Union International des Advocates (UIA).
  • Contributed over 500 articles on various subjects including Disarmament, Human Rights, Criminal Laws and Eradication of Corruption.

Firm Overview:

Akram Sheikh Law Associates is one of the most prominent and prestigious law firm in Pakistan.

The firm was formed in 1974 by its founding member Mohammad Akram Sheikh. Mr. Sheikh was bestowed the title of Senior Advocate in 1993 for his services to the legal fraternity and an outstanding assistance to Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has also been the former President of Supreme Court Bar Association. In the book titled “Encyclopedia of Commercial Litigation” published by Kluwer, he scribed chapter of Pakistan.

Akram Sheikh Law Associates has a long established reputation as the corporate and commercial litigation law firm, offering extensive range of services to diverse clientele including multinationals, financial institutions, public and private sector bodies, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Jean-Charles S. GARDETTO

Admitted to the Bar in Monaco in 1988, Jean-Charles S. Gardetto has practised as an Avocat-Défenseur since 1997. He is the former President of the Monaco Bar Association (Ordre des Avocats et Avocats-Défenseurs de Monaco) and a former member of its board.

Jean-Charles S. Gardetto handles both advice and litigation. His main practice areas are business law, civil law, banking and financial law, contract law, international private law and business criminal law.

He holds the following academic qualifications:

– Master of Laws (L.L.M.) (1987), Cornell Law School (USA);
– Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées, DESS de Juriste d’Affaires Internationales – Commerce extérieur (1985), University of Aix-Marseille III, Institute of Business Law (France);
– Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’entreprises, option internationale (1985), University of Aix-Marseille III;
– Maîtrise de droit privé (1984), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France).

Jean-Charles S. Gardetto was a Member of the National Council (Parliament) of Monaco and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee from February 2003 to February 2013.

He was Head of the Delegations of Monaco to the Parliamentary of the Council of Europe and to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and was elected Vice-President of both Assemblies.

He was also a member of Monaco’s delegations to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EuroMed) of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Jean-Charles S. Gardetto is also a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats.

Firm Overview:

Jean-Charles S. Gardetto, Attorney at law (Avocat-Défenseur) admitted to the Bar of Monaco in 1988, has built up a practice handling both advice and litigation in the Principality of Monaco, and covering several areas of law.

Backed by law degrees from both French and American universities, Jean-Charles S. Gardetto soon built up the international client portfolio that has determined the firm’s general course.

The Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. GARDETTO currently comprise six multilingual legal practitioners: a partner, Attorney at law, Jean-Charles S. Gardetto and six associates, graduates of universities in France and abroad, spanning all the main practice areas.

The firm offers its clients, Monegasque and foreign nationals alike, a highly skilled and professional team who between them possess all the competencies required to tackle a comprehensive range of legal issues, including both litigation and advisory work, and to resolve the most complex situations.

The Law Offices of Jean-Charles S. GARDETTO even accompany its clients beyond the borders of the Principality thanks to a network of international correspondents.