- O Level Aitchison College , Lahore 1972
- A Level Aitchison College, Lahore 1974
- B.A University of the Punjab 1976
- LL.B (Honours) Leeds University United Kingdom. 1979
- Barrister-at-Law Middle Temple United Kingdom. 1980
- Licensed to appear as an Advocate in the High Courts in Pakistan, 1991.
- Licensed to appear and plead before the Supreme Court of Pakistan, August, 2003
Services to JudiciaryHe joined private practice as a founding partner of Afridi, Shah & Minallah, and was involved in the Lawyers' Movement of 2007 seeking restoration of the judiciary. He was elevated as a judge of the Lahore High Court in 2009, and was appointed Chief Justice on 27 June 2016. Since joining the court, Shah has authored decisions on constitutional law, human rights, and environmental sustainability and focused on judicial reform, including the revamping of the Punjab Judicial Academy and the creation of the LHC research centre. He is generally viewed as an independent-minded and reformist judge.
Areas of Judicial review
- Constitutional law
- Civil law
- Corporate Governance
- Arbitration (ADR)
- Property law
- Land Acquisition
- Land Revenue
- Family law
- Taxation-Sales Tax
- Customs, Excise
- Income Tax
- Foreign Investment
- Intellectual Property
- Public Interest Litigation.
- Subsidies and Countervailing
- Information Technology
- Social Sector Development
- Empowerment of the Civil Society
- Legal Education and Reform
- Tax Reform
- Legal & Judicial Reform
- Micro Finance & Not-for-Profit Laws
Property law and land aquisitionChallenged several land acquisitions against public interest before the High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan and also advised companies on land acquisition. Have been involved in several property transactions.
Legal structuringLegal Disbursement Structure for UNICEF to disburse funds to Children used as child camel jockeys and now returned by UAE to Government of Pakistan– December, 2007
Urban planning and the Supreme courtPetitioned to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (2006) against illegal construction of high rise building in Lahore. This led to development of the High-rise Building Commission and all the multi-storeyed buildings of Lahore under construction were stopped and inspected by the august Court through the Commission (also invoking their suo moto powers). This led to demolition of several illegal buildings and structures. The case is still pending.
Public interest litigation and saving of a ParkStopped the conversion and construction of a cineplex in a public park in Gulberg i.e., Doongi Ground. 2006 (case is still pending).
Alternate dispute resolutionSat as Chairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee-II for Income Tax. 2005-07 and settled a number of disputes. Appointed by the Federal Board of Revenue, Federal Government, Islamabad.
Corporate governanceBoard Member of Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) largest telecom in the country 2003 to 2006. Was an enriching experience in the area of telecom and related regulatory issues. Helped revamp and restructure the legal cell at PTCL and worked on the Voluntary Severance Scheme (VSS) for 55,000 PTCL employees.2003-2006
Legal educationMember of the Steering Committee for setting up of LUMS Law School. 2001-2005
- URBAN PLANNING
Not for profit sectorWorked for Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) to review and revise the laws relating to philanthropy Pakistan. Also for the first time converted a Public Trust (Brook Hospital for Animals) into a Charitable Company under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance. 1999. Have set up and advise a number of not for profit organizations.
Constitutional litigationArgued and won the landmark case against freezing of Foreign Currency Accounts before the Hon’ble Lahore High Court. 1998-1999.
LegislationDrafted law for the SMEs in the initial stages of formation of SMEDA. 1998
BankingChallenged the vires of the 1984 Banking Law, which was struck down by the Lahore High Court as being in violation of the Constitution.
Hostile takeoverFiled the first case under the hostile Take Over law in Pakistan before the SECP and have successfully stalled the take over. The case is pending.
Corporate litigationAre pioneers in filing the first petition for mismanagement and oppression and investigation under the company law before the Lahore High Court (these judgments are reported).
Syed Mansoor Ali took oath as SC Judge
Views on Model courtsThe Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said that the concept of establishing model courts in the province has produced remarkable results with regard to speedy disposal of judicial cases. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said this on 1st of Februaury during his visit to Judicial Complex, Rawalpindi, where he inaugurated new model courts and SMS service. Judge of LHC Mr. Justice Anwar ul Haq, Registrar LHC, Rawalpindi Bench, District & Sessions Judge Rawalpindi Suhail Nasir, Additional District and Sessions Judges, Civil Judges, senior law officers, lawyers, office-bearers and members of Bar Associations present on the occasion. Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, delivering a lecture during first session of training of young lawyers by District Judicial Commission about duties of local commission and court auctioneer, said that a new efficient and quick disposal model justice system would be evolved in the province which would help dispose of under trial cases within stipulated period. He said that IT technology has been introduced in judicial system to reduce the shelf life of judicial cases and added that 1780 cases had been disposed of in sessions trials within just two months which is unprecedented in the history of judiciary which has provided extra relief to the applicants. He said that Punjab would be made model province by introducing latest and digitalized criminal and civil judicial system. He further stated that six lakh civil trials would be completed in model courts established in six districts of the province while ADR System has also been introduced for judicial mediation.
Punjab’s top judge makes his salary, perks public
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