The firm Surridge & Beecheno was founded by two British Barristers in 1948 in Karachi. Charles Surridge and Peter Beecheno were the founding partners, and came from a long line of lawyers from Burma, with history going back to the 19th century. With the passage of time the firm has expanded, and included a number of Pakistani partners. The firm currently has branches in Lahore, and Chittagong in East Pakistan.
The last Senior British Partner at Surridge & Beecheno was John Frederick Campbell Gallaher, DSO, CBE, BAR, and DFC. He was a skilled solicitor, and worked in one of the country’s oldest law firms, which gave him a chance to contribute his part in the industrial development of Pakistan. This contribution is highly regarded by foreign and local investors that benefit from this firm’s assistance.
The firm has its head office in Karachi, which has four partners and more than twenty seven associates, and another branch in Lahore. Apart from this they have correspondent lawyers all across Pakistan, that allow them to conduct business on behalf of Surridge & Beecheno. They offer the highest quality of legal services to both individuals and clients who are looking for sophistication of a large firm, but also offer an individual experience.
The partners at this firm have been an active member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, International Bar Association, have read papers in international conferences; and come from the leading companies of Pakistan. The firm offers their legal services in all parts of Pakistan, and have trained many in various branches of law. The firm is the oldest law firm in Pakistan, but still holds the same high rank it did back in the day. They are committed to make contributions to assist courts, helping in the legislative process, and tribunals. The partners have worked as counsel in numerous landmark cases, and fought in different Courts around Pakistan.
A former partner in the firm was promoted to the Bench of Sindh High Court, and later to the Supreme Court, and he retired as the judge; he held a consulting position in the firm, until he was appointed as the Federal Tax Ombudsman.
The firm has dedicated itself to provide its clients with the various services that include everything from Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, and Conciliation. Apart from this a number of partners also serve as the directors of many leading companies in Pakistan. Some of them are multinational, and others are private corporations. These members hold seats on various charitable institutions.
The firm is offering their services in the areas mentioned below:
- Maritime/ Admiralty Law
- Banking and Finance
- Civil Claims
- Competition/ Antitrust
- Constitutional Law
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Customs Law
- Employment/ Labour
- Energy, Oil, and Gas
- Engineering Contracts
- Estates, Probate, and Trusts
- Foreign Investment
- Government Contracts
- Industrial Law
- Intellectual Property/ Trademarks and Patents
- Land, Real Estate, and Property
- Law of Damages
- Medical Malpractice
- Non-Profit Organization
- Public International Law
- Shares, Stocks, and Securities
- Taxation Laws
- World Trade Laws