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. As a leading international lawyer, tech entrepreneur and politician, 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” poster 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 previously led the renowned international law firm Fadvocat and has represented and advised high value clients and multi-million dollar companies in the Americas, Europe, and Asia such as NaviNet Inc., and has been on the board of leading technology corporations – CureMD, CurePet – as director and chief legal counsel.
At CureMD Corp, he negotiated some of America’s largest healthcare technology transfers; designed the world’s first healthcare information technology contract system for a web based application; lead their alliance department for their operations in Americas, Europe, Asia and Middle East; managed regulatory compliance; and successfully settled several multimillion dollar patent infringement lawsuits in American courts with success.
With regards to Mr Wahlah legal education, he has qualified as an Advocate, Adviser and Barrister – practising law 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 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 in the UK.
Mr Wahlah is therefore 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 however 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.
Mr Wahlah is also licenced 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), and the national recognition award honouring his struggle for democracy and rule of law. 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.