Counsels Law Partners CLP

Full-Service Law Firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Counsels Law Partners CLP

House 39, Road 126 (3rd Floor)
Islam Mansion, Gulshan-1

Dhaka 1212

Phone+880 (170) 0920980

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Law Firm Overview

Counsels Law Partners (CLP) is a multi-disciplinary law firm based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Practice areas encompass banking and finance law, business set-up, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property (patents, designs, trademarks, and copyrights), labor and employment, taxation, corporate and commercial law matters, debt collection, sports law, media and entertainment law, landlord-tenant issues, criminal law, family matters including divorce and child custody, immigration law, and other civil law litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration).

The team is comprised of UK-trained Barristers, Advocates, and Consultants with decades of combined legal experience who apply their knowledge and skill in serving clients. Among them, they are Advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Barristers of UK Bars.

Counsels Law Partners represents a broad spectrum of clients that include individuals, multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds, and financial institutions. The firm seeks to provide effective solutions in order to meet clients’ needs and objectives.

Languages: English, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Money Suits; Finance Documentation; Vetting And Due Diligence On Property Documents; Drafting And Execution Of Deeds And Agreements; Mortgage Disputes And Redemption; Credit Card Disputes; Clearance Of Company Name; Drafting Moa & Aoa; Bank Account Opening; Encashment Certificate (For Foreigners); Filing & Incorporation Certificate; BOI Registration; Tax Registration (Tax Identification Number); VAT Registration; Trade License; Chamber Of Commerce Membership; Import Registration Certificate (IRC); Export Registration Certificate (ERC); Land Acquisition; Obtaining Utilities; Banking Disputes; Breach Of Contract; Debt Recovery; Director's Disqualification Proceedings; Freezing Injunctions; Property And Boundary Disputes; Nuisance; Civil Fraud; Shareholder Dispute; Partnership Disputes; Trust & Tracing Claims; Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments.

Areas of Law Description

- Commerce & Trade

CLP is undoubtedly a leader in the area having exceptional rates of success in commercial and trade related litigations, negotiations and ADRs. CLP handles debt recovery matters, contractual matters, L/C related matters, promissory notes & check related issues etc. CLP drafts and finalizes different types of commercial contracts including loan documentation, syndicated loan transactions, hire purchase agreements and advises on various international trade matters including CISG, Sale of Goods Act, SGSA, INCOTERMS, FOB, CIF, ExWorks, CPT, Merchant & Carrier duties & responsibilities etc.

- Business Setup

Bangladesh being an emerging economy in the global map, it has presented a lucrative opportunity to investors, both foreign and local to penetrate the market, which has high returns to offer. CLP provides necessary legal and quasi-legal support to foreign investors to provide a one-stop, packaged service to suit their specific needs in a very time effective manner. CLP is experienced in forming and setting up business entities like Private Limited Companies including Joint Venture Companies, Not for profit organizations and Social businesses, societies, public limited companies and statutory partnerships. CLP further assists in obtaining various business related permits & licenses from government and other agencies including various chamber of commerce and industries, Visas for expatriate investors & employees such as E-type, PI etc visas, BOI recommendations etc.

- Family Matter

CLP’s family law team, which includes consultants like Ms. Farhana Islam has been successful at helping women, children and families to safeguard their futures in many different ways. The family wing was initiated to provide legal services and to bridge the gaps between unfairness and justice in an area of law which was generally overlooked by other key players in the legal landscape. CLP provides confidential and effective family law services including divorce in Bangladesh, guardianship, child custody, restitution of conjugal rights, nuptial agreements etc.

- Real Estate

CLP advises several real estate companies and many high net-worth individual clients, Non-resident Bangladeshis, foreign investors etc. on a regular basis. The experienced team led by Barrister Khan regularly appears in real estate related litigation. The team assists in obtaining land related documents like survey records, past Deeds, Mortgages etc. from Government agencies and also provides vetting on land documents and spot visit services to verify ownership and authenticity of title. The firm also handles landlord & tenant issues.

The lawyers at CLP also helps regarding property/estate management, gifts (including heba), wills/probate, transfer of ownership, inheritance, land surveys etc.

- Civil Litigation

CLP believes in speedy resolution to disputes and uses collective knowledge & experience of its lawyers to assist its clients. The law firm represents plaintiffs/claimants and defendants having disputes concerning debt, dues, rights & easements over land, performance & breach of contracts, consumer rights, defamation, rectification of deeds and registrar records, property agreements, use and abuse of intellectual property, appeals, reviews & revisions, inter-pleader suits, summary suits, securities, partnership disputes, buyer-supplier disputes etc.

- Criminal Litigation

CLP's criminal law team represents victims of different crimes including assault, battery, criminal damage, offences against property, trespass, mischief, fraud, vandalism, offences against women & children including wife beating, rape and human trafficking, dowry claims, cyber crime etc. The defense counsel of CLP also represents defendants who are involved in the criminal justice system including accusations of different crimes such as murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud and other crimes.

- Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights & Domains

The IP team has outstanding level of experience and professional know how to promptly and effectively help clients locally and abroad on a multitude of issues. The team assists in filing for registration, obtaining registration, responding to objections, conducting litigation in relation to infringement and passing off claims etc. on a regular basis.

- Taxation

Whether it is related to VAT, Tax or Customs, the law firm is equipped to handle all situations including tribunals, appellate tribunals, ADR and claims against the authorities if needed. The firm advises clients on many various issues including wastage and NBR disputes, tax returns etc. The team also regularly assists in obtaining various tax, VAT & customs related permits & licenses including TIN, income tax certificate, VAT registration, bonded warehouse license, Import registration certificate, Export registration certificate, cash incentive facilities, exemptions & rebate etc.


Shajib Alam Mr. Shajib Mahmood Alam
Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law

MD Hafizur Khan Mr. MD Hafizur R. Khan
Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice, Arbitration

Noushad Parvez Mr. Noushad Parvez
Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Banking and Finance


Farhana Islam Ms. Farhana Islam
Adoption, Alimony, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce

Abdullah Mamun Mr. Abdullah A. Mamun
Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Class Actions

Fahad Qader Mr. Fahad B. Qader
Adoption, Civil Rights, Copyright, Corporate Taxation, Criminal Law

Rafinur Rahman Mr. Rafinur Rahman
Adoption, Alimony, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Collaborative Law


  • Dhaka Taxes Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Australian Mediation Association
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association

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 Glance at the New VAT Law in Bangladesh

The new Value Added Tax (VAT) and Supplementary duty (SD) Act 2012 as originally proposed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank is likely to be implemented on July, 2017 along with new VAT rules. Recently, Bangladesh’s State Minister of finance MA Mannan said during a workshop at a city hotel that there is no possibility to defer implementation of the new VAT law from July 1, 2017.

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 Dower in Muslim Marriages

Dower, simply put, is the sum of money set at the time of marriage between a muslim man and woman as the woman's consideration of the marriage. Also known as mahr, it is the sum of money or other property which the wife is entitled to receive from her husband in return of agreeing to marry him.

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 How to File a Civil Suit in Bangladesh

A civil suit can be filed by presentation of a Plaint before the appropriate court. A plaint or otherwise known in Bengali as an “Arji” is a document where the facts and grounds of claim are stated clearly and concisely. Plaint contains name of the court, parties’ names and addresses, cause(s) of action and relief sought etc. (Order VII, Rule 1, Code of Civil Procedure 1908).

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 Criminal Appeals in Bangladesh: Bail & Suspension of Sentence

As a trial advocate, one of the more common questions that I get asked is regarding bail when a convicted person decides to appeal. What happens during that appeal stage with regards to Bail and suspension of sentence is what this article is concerned about.

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 Cheque Dishonour Law in Bangladesh

In the modern world it is almost unthinkable that a business would operate without the help of a bank, and as such the use of cheques in Bangladesh have been increased in the past decade. Due to the high number of transactions via this mode, the possibility of a cheque being dishonoured is substantially high. As such the receiver of cheques must have adequate and effective legal recourse which they can entertain when they do face this situation.

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 A Look at Cyber Crimes Related Legal Provisions in Bangladesh for Ordinary Internet Users

With the recent events of the “Xunaed Video Scandal” which went viral and the Bangladesh Bank heist, interest of ordinary internet users in Bangladesh has heightened towards cyber crime.

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 Protection of Foreign Trademarks against “Passing Off” in Bangladesh

Previously the rights and remedies related to Trademarks in Bangladesh were enforced through the provisions of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1889 and the Trade Marks Act, 1940, which outmoded over the course of time and on occasions conflicted with the IP related international agreements to which Bangladesh became a party at later points in time.

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 New Guidelines on Contempt by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Contempt of Court is a serious offense. A person can be said to be in contempt for being disobedient to or disrespectful towards any Court of law. The justice system is one of the most important pillars of a democracy and people failing to respect a Court, its process, directions, orders or decrees may have serious consequences in the long run if the practice spreads among the population.

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 The High Court Division's Recent Judgment on Pecuniary Jurisdiction in Bangladesh

In the recent judgment (First Miscellaneous Appeal 218 of 2014), the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh gave its verdict on an important issue which did not get as much attention as it deserves, most probably because, it in a way, only codified the previous stances of the Court in few past cases.

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