Welcome to Cornelius, Lane & Mufti (CLM)
The firm was formed in 1975 as “Lane & Mufti”. The founding partners were Mr. Terence M. Lane and Mr. Afzal H. Mufti. Mr. Lane was a Solicitor and the senior partner of Baker & McKenzie, London until 1974 when he left that firm to form the new firm of Lane & Partners with associated offices in several countries. Mr Lane died in 2002. Mr. Mufti was an associate with Baker & McKenzie, London(1972-1975). He returned to Pakistan in 1975 and established Lane & Mufti in collaboration with Mr Lane.
The firm’s name was changed to “Cornelius, Lane & Mufti” in 1979 when new partners joined the firm. These included the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (Retd.) A.R. Cornelius, and Mr. Hamid Khan (now a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan). Justice (Retd.) Cornelius had been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan for nearly eighteen years, for eight of which he was the Chief Justice. Subsequently, he also served as the Federal Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the early 1970s. He practiced law as a senior consultant from 1975 till his retirement from the firm after his eighty-fifth birthday in 1988. While in practice, he conducted a number of major arbitrations and advised on various important matters involving public and international corporations. He also published a number of articles and papers on constitutional and other legal subjects. Justice (Retd.) Cornelius passed away in December 1991 and left behind a wealth of opinions and precedents and the legacy of his deeply honored name for perpetual use of the firm… read more