About Us

The BPLA seeks to promote and strengthen ties between the legal profession in the United Kingdom and the legal profession in Pakistan.

Background

In 2010 Asma Jahangir, the then President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, met with the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales to discuss how the legal profession in the United Kingdom could assist the legal profession in Pakistan to develop both institutionally and professionally and in its endeavour to develop the rule of law in Pakistan.

It was decided that the creation of a bilateral lawyers’ association would be the best way forward, providing a forum for members of the legal profession in both jurisdictions to exchange legal and best practice experiences and cultivate professional and personal relations.

The BPLA was launched on 4 October 2011 at an event hosted by the Law Society of England and Wales. A drinks reception was preceded by a talk given by Asma Jahangir on the ‘Future of the Pakistan Lawyers’ Movement’ highlighting the challenges faced by the profession in Pakistan.

Our aims

The BPLA’s aims are

  1. To promote and strengthen links between the legal profession in the United Kingdom and the legal profession in Pakistan.
  2. To assist the development of the legal professions in Pakistan and the United Kingdom by any appropriate means including mutual exchanges, educational and training programmes and the exchange of legal and best practice experiences.
  3. To promote and organise social and professional events including lectures, seminars, meetings and conferences on issues of mutual interest and concern.
  4. To promote and further understanding of the rule of law and the social responsibility of lawyers in the United Kingdom and Pakistan.