Abdur Razzaq

Abdur Razzaq: Attorney with The Law Counsel
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  • Abdur Razzaq-Siddiq is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He also practices law in the United Kingdom from his professional chambers at 14 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4QH. Mr. Razzaq specialises in Constitutional and administrative Law, Banking and commercial Law and International criminal law.
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Chambers of Sir Michael Havers, Q.C., 1981-1982; Chambers of Lord Peter Rawlinson, Q.C., 1982-1983. Practised in England from professional Chambers at 9 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1983-1985; Member of the Bar of England and Wales. Author: "The New International Economic Order"; "The International Economic Structures"; "The Future of World Trade Organisations"; "World Jurist Association," Washington, D.C., 1991, 1993 and 1995; Co-Author: "Street Children in Bangladesh and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child," (Radda Barnen, Bangladesh, 1991).

Areas of Practice (11)

  • International Commercial Law
  • Energy Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Foreign Investment
  • Joint Venture
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Computer Control Privatization Laws
  • Banking Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
8802-9349647-8  Phone
0044-7419683470  Cell Phone
8802-9349866  Fax
University Attended:
Chittagong University, B.A., Hons., M.A., 1970; Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law, 1980
Law School Attended:
Holborn Law College, 1975-1980
Year of First Admission:
1988, Bangladesh Supreme Court; 1986, Dhaka; 1980, England
Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association; Hon'ble Society of Lincoln's Inn.
Bengali and English and Urdu and Arabic
Birth Information:
Bangladesh, December 31, 1949
Reported Cases:
42 DLR 103: 1990 BLD (HCD) 98, NATIONAL BANK LTD. Vs. HAROON MALIK & ORS.44 DLR 304: (1991) 11 BLD (HCD) 548, SELIM ULLAH BAHADUR Vs. ELECTION COMMISSION.44 DLR 535, Dr. MD MAHIUDDIN Vs. Dr. HASANUZZAMAN45 DLR 134: (1993) 11 BLD (HCD) 327, AGRAGAMI ENGINEERS LTD. Vs. BANGLADESH BANK.45 DLR 423,PROFESSOR GOLAM AZAM Vs. BANGLADESH.45 DLR 464,PROFESSOR GOLAM AZAM Vs. BANGLADESH.46 DLR 29, GHULAM AZAM Vs. BANGLADESH.46 DLR (AD) 192: 7 BLC (AD) (2002) 40. BANGLADESH Vs. PROFESSOR GHULAM AZAM.47 DLR 42: (1995) 15 BLD (HCD) 344, ANWAR HOSSAIN KHAN Vs. SPEAKER, JATYA SANGSAD.47 DLR 237, ABDUL KADER MONDAL VS. AKBOR MONDAL.47 DLR 264, ALCO HYGIENIC PRODUCTS LTD vs. ISLAMI BANK47 DLR 361: (1995) 15 BLD (HCD), 383. RAUFIQUE HOSSAIN vs. SPEAKER, BANGLADESH PARLIAMEN.49 DLR 615, MINARUL ISLAM vs. BANGLADESH.50 DLR (AD) 11, ABUL BASHER Vs. BANGLADESH50 DLR 31, GAZI JAHIMUDDIN Vs. BANGLADESH50 DLR 490: 18 BLD (HCD) (1998) 386. BABUL Vs. STATE50 DLR 515, NAZRUL ISLAM Vs. STATE51 DLR 261, MANJURUL HAZUE Vs. BANGLADESH.51 DLR 313, RAISUDDIN Vs. SERETARY, MINISTRY OF LAW.51 DLR 323: 19 BLD (HCD) (1999) 249. PUBALI BANK LTD Vs. SULTANA OIL MILLS.51 DLR 538: 19 BLD (HCD) (1999) 372, IBRAHIM COTTON MILLIS Vs. CCCI.51 DLR AD 152: 19 BLD (AD) (1999) 179. RAISUDDIN Vs. BANGLADESH.51 DLR AD 171 MOULANA DELWAR HOSSAIN vs SS HALDER 52 DLR (AD) 20: 20 BLD (AD) (2000) 11. DELWAR HOSSAIN SAYDEE Vs. SS HALDER52 DLR 168, AHSAN ULLAH Vs. BANGLADESH53 DLR 138 : 21 BLD (HCD) (2001) 109, MAINUL HOSSEN Vs. SHEIKH HASINA WAZED53 DLR 237, FAZLUR TAHMAN Vs. BANGLADESH.53 DLR 430, HAMZA RUBBER INDUSTRIES Vs. GOLAM DASTAGIR GAZI.54 DLR 47: 21 BLD (HCD) (2001) 352. Khondaker Modarresh Elahi vs. Bangladesh54 DLR 88, MOHAMMOD HOSSAIN Vs. QUAMRUL ISLAM SIDDIQUE.54 DLR 537: 22 BLD (HCD) (2002) 459. CHOWDHURY MAHMOOD HASAN Vs. BANGLADESH54 DLR AD 130: 22 BLD (AD) (2002) 163. ETV Vs. Dr CHOWDHURY MAHMOOD HASAN.55 DLR 624, ISLAMI BANK Vs. DEWAN MD YUSUF55 DLR 655: 23 BLD (HCD) (2003) 559. S S HALDER Vs. CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER.55 DLR AD 26: 23 BLD (AD) (2003) 11. ETV Vs. Dr. CHOWDHURY MAHMOOD HASAN55 DLR AD 94: 23 BLD (AD) (2003) 101 BANGLADESH Vs. NORTH POINT UNIVERSITY.56 DLR 392, KOREA EXHANGE Vs. GEMINI GARMENTS.56 DLR 595: 23 BLD (HCD) (2003) 504. KAZI LIAKAT ALI Vs. CHAIRMAN, CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY.57 DLR 63: 24 BLD (HCD) (2004) 439. RAQUIBUDDIN AHMED VS. SYNDIC6ATE, DU57 DLR 171: 25 BLD (HCD) (2005) 195. M SALEEM ULLAH VS. BANGLADESH57 DLR AD 31: 25 BLD (AD) (2005) 112. ANANDA BUILDERS LTD VS. BIWTA.57 DLR AD 194, SMART APPARELS (PVT) LTD VS. HANVIL BANK58 DLR 117 & 58 DLR 156,MAINUL HOSEIN VS. ANWAR HOSSAIN58 DLR 207, Afil Jute Mills (pvt) Ltd vs. Bangladesh57 DLR AD 31: 25 BLD (AD) (2005) 112. ANANDA BUILDERS LTD VS. BIWTA.57 DLR AD 194, SMART APPARELS (PVT) LTD VS. HANVIL BANK58 DLR AD 146, SUPREME COURT VS. ELECTION COMMISSION58 DLR AD 229, ANWAR HOSSAIN VS. MAINUL HOSEIN58 DLR 117 & 58 DLR 156, MAINUL HOSEIN VS. ANWAR HOSSAIN58 DLR 207, Afil Jute Mills (pvt) Ltd vs. Bangladesh58 DLR 245, ABDUR RAZZAQUE ZOARDER VS. BANGLADESH58 DLR 529, BADRUD DOZA VS. STATE59 DLR (AD) 6, BADC Vs. ARTHA RIN ADALAT.59 DLR 238, SYED ZIAUL HASAN Vs. BANGLADESH.60 DLR 359: 28 BLD (HCD) (2008) 311. ALI AHSAN MUJAHID Vs. STATE.61 DLR (AD) 62, BCBSL Vs. DASTAGIRUL HAQ63 DLR AD 109, MALIK MEHDI VS. RABITAT-AL-ALAM, MALIK MEHDI VS. RABITAT-AL-ALAM.63 DLR 27: 30 BLD (HCD) (2010) 465. ABDUL BARI Vs. BANGLADESH.65 DLR (AD) (2013) 243, Abu Hanifa vs. Shafiul Bashar.11 BLD (HCD) (1991) 65, Exportas India v. Rupashi Garments & Ors.11 BLD (HCD) (1991) 540, Md. Abdul Hannan Khan v. Secretary Ministry of Home Affiars & Ors. 15 BLD (HCD) (1995) 435, Abul Kalam Azad & Ors. v. Mr. Zahiru Hoque & Ors.18 BLD (HCD) (1998) 1, Professor Dr. Md. Yusuf Ali v. the Chancellor of Rajshahi University.19 BLD (AD) (1999) 249, Md. Saiful Alam v. Bangladesh Bank and Others.19 BLD (HCD) (1999) 85: 4 BLC (1999) 155, Moulana Delwar Hossain Saidy v. S.S. Halder and Ors.19 BLD (HCD) (1999) 303: 4 BLC (1999) 241. the state v. Mr. Md. Zillur Rahman and Ors.21 BLD (AD) (2001) 62, Bangladesh Bank v. Zafar Ahmed Chowdhury, UCB Ltd.23 BLD (HCD) (2003) 578: 8 BLC (2003) 205. Md. Faroque Hossain v. Mr. M. Iqbal Hossain & Ors.24 BLD (HCD) (2004) 265: 9 BLC 381. M/S Shemson pvt. Ltd. v. Bangladesh & Ors24 BLD (AD) (2004) 8, Md. Mozibur Rahman & Ors. v. Md. Shamsul Alam Mia & Ors.25 BLD (HCD) (2005) 660, Most Selina Begum v. Most. Rokeya Begum & anr.27 BLD (HCD) (2007) 105, Shahida Kamal v. Bangladesh & Ors. (AR assisted Khandker Mahbub Uddin).27 BLD (HCD) (2007) 198, the State v. Shahid Javed Gaira (Mr. S.M. Rezaul Karim with Mr. Md. Abdur Razzak).28 BLD (HCD) (2008) 209, Md. Farid Hossain v. the State28 BLD (HCD) (2008) 461: 13 BLC 541. Md. Emdad Hossain and Ors v. Bangladesh Biman Corpation.30 BLD (HCD) (2010) 235, Md. Tofazzel Hossain son of late Hajee Asraf Ali & Ors v. Bangladesh & Ors.30 BLD (HCD) (2010) 409: 15 BLC 355. Humayun Khan & Ors v. Anti Corruption Commission and Ors.30 BLD (HCD) (2010) 636, Fatema Begum v. the Artha Rin Adalat, Narayangong & Ors.31 BLD (HCD) 2011 28, Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami, v. the State.4 BLC (1999) 284, Muazzem Hossain and six others v. Bangladesh Bank4 BLC (1999) (AD) 181, Saiful Alam alias Masudul Alam Chawdhury v. Bangladesh Bank.5 BLC (2000) 603, Smm Yusuf vs. Bismillah Shipping Lines (pvt) Ltd and others.6 BLC (2001) 726, Khendaker Modarresh Elehi v. Government of the People Republic of Bangladesh7 BLC (2002) 77, Dr. Chowdhury Mehmood Hasan and other vs. Govt. of Bangladesh.7 BLC (2002) 443, Tamanna-e-Tahan, Publisher Monthly Fulkuri vs. Paper Converting and Packaging Ltd.8 BLC (2003) 601, Afzalul Abedin and other vs. Govt of Bangladesh9 BLC (AD) 209, Sultan Ahmed Talukdar Vs. Register of Trade Union9 BLC 111, Opsonin Chemical Industries Ltd Vs. Director Customs Intelligence and Investigation10 BLC (AD) 103, Syed Ahmed Bhuiyan Vs. KarnaphuliFertiliser Co. Ltd.13 BLC 868, AKM Nazimuddin Vs Md. Delawar Hossain & others14 BLC (AD) 145, IBBL Vs Commissioner of Taxes14 BLC 477, Abdul Mannan Vs. Harun-Ur- Rashid.15 BLC 236, M. Shamsul & others Vs Bangladesh15 BLC 531, Badiuzaman Vs Bangladesh & others16 BLC (AD) 11, Bangladesh Vs Allama Sayedee16 BLC 386, Shah Abdul Hannan Vs Bangladesh16 BLC 809, Motiur Rahman Nizami Vs State.
COMMERCIAL LAW:Mr. Razzaq has represented foreign and local clients in a variety of commercial disputes in the civil courts as well as in arbitration proceedings, with particular expertise in international trade and commerce. Mr. Razzaq has also been engaged in all major litigations involving issues of Shariah in the banking sector. Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific, 2014) described him as having 'a longstanding reputation for litigation and Islamic financing work.' As a specially appointed counsel of the National Board of Revenue, he has represented the Bangladesh VAT and Customs authorities in the Supreme Court in numerous customs, VAT and Income tax cases.Represented a foreign bank in a proceeding challenging the legality of the underlying international commercial transaction in an appeal proceeding before the High Court which involved interpretation of the provisions of UCP 400 (Korean Exchange Bank, Seoul, Korea vs Gemini Garments and others, reported in 56 DLR 392). Represented the largest ship building company in Bangladesh before the Supreme Court in a dispute with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority arising out of a World Bank funded transaction (Ananda Builders Ltd. vs BIWTA, reported in 57 DLR (AD) 31). Represented Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., in the first case in which Shariah based financing was recognized by the Supreme Court as a form of banking (Alco Hygienic Products Limited vs Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, reported in 47 DLR 264). Represented First Security Islami Bank Ltd. and EXIM Bank Ltd. in the High Court in proceedings instituted for their conversion into Shariah-compliant banking. Represented the largest Shariah compliant bank in Bangladesh before the Supreme Court in relation to its claims for tax exemption against the National Board of Revenue in relation to payments of Zakat (a charitable payment) made compulsory by the Central Bank on all Shari'ah based banks (Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd. vs Commissioner of Taxes, reported in 14 BLC (AD) 145). Represented the country's leading state run bank in a complicated appeal before the High Court which involved interpretation of the Contract Act and the Partnership Act (Pubali Bank Ltd. vs Sultana Oil Mills Ltd., reported in 51 DLR 323). Represented the Bangladesh Customs and VAT authorities before the High Court in a judicial review application challenging the exercise of search and seizure powers by customs and VAT intelligence officers, which involved interpretation of the provisions of the VAT Act (Opsonin Chemical Industries Ltd. vs Director, Customs Intelligence and Investigation, reported 9 BLC 110).TELECOMMUNICATION LAW:Mr. Razzaq has wide experience of dealing with clients in the telecommunications sector. Under his leadership, the firm assisted Dhabi Group of UAE in preparing their successful bid for a telecommunications licence for providing telecommunications services in Bangladesh.Recently advised VimpelCom on expansion of their services within Bangladesh, including, advising on restrictions on transfer of customer data, legality of storage of user communication, data retention obligations, legality of providing OTT VoIP/Chat services, data security breaches; and reporting obligations. Recently, advised the world's largest IT company in respect of the proposed expansion of its services in Bangladesh. Represented public interest litigants in the first major telecommunications litigation in Bangladesh, the Ekushey Television Case, which exposed corrupt practices in the granting of TV licences. Represented a local television channel in a litigation challenging the validity of its operations before the Supreme Court. Represented and advised a number of satellite television channels of Bangladesh, including RTV and NTV regarding all aspects of their operations. EXPERIENCE IN ANTI-CORRUPTION/ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING LAWS:As Senior Partner of The Law Counsel (which is a TRACE Partner Firm), prepared and updated country reports and guidelines on anti-corruption issues. Regularly advise banks and financial institutions regarding application of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislations. Advised the largest private bank in Bangladesh regarding allegations of counter terrorism financing operations made by the U.S. Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations. Preparation of reports on potential local partners of foreign clients in respect of compliance with US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Drafting policies for multi-national companies on governance issues and compliance with anti-corruption and anti money laundering legislations of Bangladesh.
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