Aneesa Agha

Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
LL.B. (Hons), University of London
B.A., Dartmouth College

Advocate High Court, Pakistan
Barrister at Law, Lincoln’s Inn

Aneesa Agha is an Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan and was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2011. She specialises in a broad range of corporate legal work, both contentious and non-contentious. She focuses on constitutional and administrative law, corporate matters, regulatory affairs, customs and taxation, and company law.

Aneesa has advised on transactions and other related matters to companies in the banking, construction, cement, energy and infrastructure, fertilizer and textile sectors. She has represented clients at various regulatory forums including the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. Aneesa also specializes in providing tax advice and representation to corporate clients. She has also acted on behalf of banks in several recovery proceedings against defaulting companies at the Lahore High Court.

Aneesa has significant expertise in the energy and infrastructure sector. She has advised small hydro and solar power projects on various matters pertaining to tariff, power purchase, evacuation, regulatory consents and corporate affairs. She has counselled clients on streamlining regulatory guidelines for the promotion of small and medium sized renewable energy projects, in particular legal complexities arising out of power projects located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. She is well-versed in drafting EPC contracts for infrastructure projects funded on limited recourse basis, including contractual considerations relating to bankability and tax-efficient structuring. She has also provided assistance to clients on negotiations with foreign EPC contractors and equity investors.

As an Advocate of the High Court, Aneesa has been involved in the following cases:

  • Represented property owners in a constitutional challenge to the luxury tax imposed through the Punjab Finance Act 2014 (on going)
  • Represented the Federal Board of Revenue in a case involving the constitutionality of concurrent criminal and civil proceedings against tax defaulters (Taj International v. Federal Board of Revenue 2014 PTD 1807 Lahore)
  • Represented beverage companies in a successful challenge to the capacity tax (Pakistan Fruit Juices v. Federation of Pakistan 2014 PTD 1837 Lahore)
  • Represented the engineering company in a civil suit involving a construction dispute between the EPC contractor and the employer on a building and civil works project (on going)
  • Represented the majority shareholders in a winding-up petition at the Lahore High Court involving a dispute between the shareholders of one of the largest newspaper companies in Pakistan (on going)
  • Represented leading cement manufacturers in a writ petition at the Lahore High Court challenging the withdrawal of tax exemptions on imported plant and equipment (on going)

Aneesa has assisted Salman Akram Raja in the following notable cases at the Supreme Court of Pakistan:

  • Federation of Pakistan v. Durrani Ceramics 2014 SCMR 1630 (involving a constitutional challenge to the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Act 2011)
  • Salman Akram Raja v. Federation of Pakistan 2013 SCMR 203 (successfully argued for the use of DNA material as evidence in rape cases)
  • All Pakistan Newspapers Society v. Federation of Pakistan PLD 2012 SC 1 (pertaining to the Seventh Wage Board Award and the terms and conditions of service of newspaper employees)
  • Nadeem Ahmed v. Federation of Pakistan PLD 2010 SC 1165 (dealing with a challenge to the judicial appointments process under the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act 2010)

Aneesa practices from the Lahore office of Raja Mohammad Akram & Co.