Fraz Wahlah is a real star in the field, his knowledge of British immigration, nationality, human rights and European free movement law is second to none.
Fraz Wahlah is one of the first few British lawyers who have been featured in the first ever Law and Justice (London) Edition of the Parliamentary Review alongside the honourable Prime Minister Theresa May.
As a leading international lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Wahlah has been featured on some of the most prestigious media outlets including business and technology leadership magazines CIO, InfoWorld, and ComputerWorld, as well as the Tech London, Dawn News, and BBC in USA, Germany, Norway, Malaysia, Pakistan and UK.
Fraz Wahlah has also been featured as a “Migrant Hero” on “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” campaign in London organised by JCWI (Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants), IOM (International Organisation for Migration) and, MAX (Movement Against Xenophobia).
As our director he brings to 1st Citizen a decade of international legal practice experience. He has represented, advised and worked with high net worth clients and multi-million dollar companies in Americas and Asia, and has been on the board of leading technology corporation, CureMD, as chief legal counsel.
At CureMD Corp, he negotiated some of America’s largest healthcare technology transfers; built one of the world’s first healthcare information technology contract system; managed regulatory compliance; and successfully settled several multi-million intellectual property infringement lawsuits in the States.
Fraz Wahlah has qualified as an Advocate, Adviser and Barrister – in more than one jurisdiction internationally. He was first called to the Bar abroad as an Advocate High Courts, and later in England & Wales as a Barrister at the prestigious Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In the UK, however, Mr Wahlah practises solely as an immigration lawyer/adviser under authorisation from the OISC – an organisation set up by the British Home Office to oversee the provision of immigration advice and services.
Mr Wahlah is authorised to advise and represent clients in their immigration, human rights and nationality related applications to UK Visas & Immigration and British posts abroad. He is not practising in the UK as a barrister, is not able to exercise any rights as one, and is not subject to the rules that practising barristers have to obey.
Fraz Wahlah comes from a family of lawyers that is deeply rooted in history of fighting injustice, aggression, and tyranny. The family’s three generations stood up to three dictators in the 20th and 21st centuries in Asia and Europe.
Fraz Wahlah’s grandfather fought Hitler’s Nazi forces in the second World War as a soldier in the British Indian Army. His father, Mr. MS Wahlah Advocate, was a celebrated human rights lawyer and politician who led the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) against the Marshal Law of another dictator, General Zia-ul-haq, in Pakistan back in the 1980s.
MRD was one of world’s greatest non-violent movements for restoration of civil rights, democracy and rule of law since the times of Gandhi. It was almost a decade long struggle against Marshal Law that eventually brought down the dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq restoring democracy in Pakistan.
In August 2013, Fraz Wahlah was featured on the BBC as the Flag-bearer of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy. Fraz Wahlah led the movement against dictatorship as child flag-bearer along with his father Mr MS Wahlah Advocate.
During the peak of the movement he, from the age of just 4, faced tear-gas, baton charge, and arbitrary arrest and detention making him the youngest political prisoner in the struggle for democracy in Asia and perhaps in the world too.
During his political career as an adult, Fraz Wahlah also worked as the vice president of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) youth faction for the province of Punjab under the leadership of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and led the movement for the restoration of judiciary too during the rein of another dictator General Musharaf.
In 2015, Fraz Wahlah along with 343 leading British judges, Lords, lawyers and academics signed a statement calling for an ‘urgent, humane and effective governmental response to the refugee crisis’. Entitled ‘Call from the Legal Community for Urgent Action‘, the statement termed the Government’s response of offering to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years as ‘too low, too slow and too narrow’. It was published in both The Times and The Guardian newspaper and is available to read in full on the Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative website.
In 2018, Fraz Wahlah was asked by the former Tory party chairman Lord Sir Eric Pickles to contribute to the Parliamentary Review for the year 2017-18 for the British legal sector.
Featured alongside the Right Honourable Prime Minister Theresa May in the Parliamentary Review, Fraz Wahlah reflected upon his and his family’s political struggle for civil rights, democracy and rule of law to question whether the British government and society have turned away from Britain’s founding values. He argued how populism and far right wing tendencies breed fascism – urging the UK to revive the British values and become a beacon of Human Rights in an increasingly dark world. (Read the Press Release, or contact us to request a free copy of the Parliamentary Review)
As a lawyer, Mr Wahlah is also licensed by the Bar Standards Board under the Bar Council’s licenced access scheme and is therefore able to instruct barristers direct for advice in immigration and asylum matters.
Among other honours and accolades that Mr Wahlah received are the international technology Oscar (international Asia pacific ICT Merit Award), his recognition award for his struggle for democracy and rule of law.
In October 2010, Wahlah, while representing Pakistan at the 10th International Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, won the first ever International ICT Oscar (Silver Merit) for Pakistan in the ehealth category.
He received the award from the Malaysian IT Minister and Miss Universe in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, and other dignitaries from around the world. He caused a little controversy at the event by predicting his win right after presenting his case before the judges. He turned out to be right, and won the award. The president of Pakistan’s Software House Association later recounted the story on her official blog.
Mr Wahlah can fluently speak English, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi.
♠ Authorised British Immigration Lawyer – UK
♠ Certificate of Eligibility (QLTS) – Solicitors Regulation Authority – UK
♠ Barrister – PK
♠ Member – Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn – England & Wales
♠ Advocate High Courts – PK
♠ Graduate Member – Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – UK
♠ ‘The Flag-bearer of Democracy’ according to BBC World – UK
♠ Member – High Court Bar Association – PK
♠ ‘A leading international lawyer’ according to CIO Magazine, InfoWorld and ComputerWorld – USA, Norway, & Germany
♠ Winner of international technology Oscar (Merit Award) – Malaysia
♠ The most knowledgeable, articulate and passionate speaker and advocate at the 10th International ICT Oscars according to judges
♠ Featured on the TV documentary ‘Shining Gojra’ and the ‘Pakistani Leaders’ journal
♠ Member – District Bar Association – PK
♠ A fearless and passionate advocate of human rights according to peers
♠ The youngest prisoner in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), one of world’s greatest non-violent movements against military dictatorship in the 80s
♠ Former provincial president for youth – Peoples Party, appointed by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Bhutto
♠ Recognition Award for leading the Movement for the Restoration of Judiciary and Rule of Law
♠ Born and bred in ‘Harcharn Singh Mansion’ where princess of Patiala lived in the early 20th century
♠ Son to eminent lawyer and politician ‘M.S. Wahlah’ (1950 – 2012) and celebrated poetess ‘Um-e-Sleet’ (1958 – 2005) in whose honour wrote likes of ‘Hafeez Jhalindhri’, creator of Pakistan’s national anthem.