Shahrzad Shamim is licensed by the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association to practice law in Afghanistan. She joined SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES in 2014 as a junior associate. She was promoted to associate in 2015 and to senior associate in 2018. She is also an active member of International Chamber of Commerce Afghanistan and a registered arbitrator with ACDR.
Shamim is a specialized business lawyer. She provides legal counseling, regulatory advice and litigation support on complex legal issues to national and international businesses. She essentially advises clients on a variety of business-related areas including business licensing, joint venturing, business restructuring, business winding up and mergers. Her practice also involves structuring, negotiating and drafting various types of agreements including partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, telecommunication agreements, employment agreements, real estate purchase agreements, and other commercial agreements. Moreover, she advises clients on inbound and outbound tax implications of domestic companies, multi-national corporations and USG/NATO contractors. Shamim studied law at Kabul University and completed her LL.M. studies at Wake Forest University, where she specialized in Business Law. Apart from her practice as a business lawyer, she represents indigent clients in issues related to family law and human rights on pro-bono basis.
In Afghanistan provision of legal services trace back to as early as 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time stipulated the right to defense counsel. However, the profession suffered a setback in the years to come as the entire justice system was heavily affected by different phases of war from late 1970s to 1990s. Contrary to this backdrop, post-2001 with the advent of the international community, a vigorous campaign was initiated to improve the legal sector and strengthen the rule of law in Afghanistan. This has transformed the justice sector immensely and strengthened the legal institutions to a noteworthy level. SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES remained an essential contributor to this campaign since it was founded.
SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES was founded in 2011 by Saeeq Shajjan and registered under the laws of Afghanistan. Soon SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES established itself as a ‘go-to law firm’ in Afghanistan. The firm’s scope of practice includes but is not limited to legal counseling, litigation, legislative drafting and legal capacity building. Additionally, provision of pro-bono legal services to the needy people is inherited as a core culture in each of our attorneys. Client service is our shared professional value. We believe that SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES is not about us; it is about services to our clients. This attitude helped us to emerge as the ‘firm of choice’ in Afghanistan and beyond.