Nargis has a Master of Laws degree in International Intellectual Property Law and a Bachelor of Laws degree in Business and Finance law from Brunel University London. She is also accredited under the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and is currently registered in the Law Society of Ontario’s Lawyer Licensing Process. Nargis has also completed a one-year Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto.
Nargis has global work experience in four jurisdictions including Canada, United Arab Emirates, England and Pakistan. She has received legal training at various reputable international law firms such as Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants in Dubai and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto, where Nargis was involved in a landmark gender case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Nargis joined Vellani & Vellani in 2007 as an Associate and was mainly involved in matters relating to Intellectual Property, especially in connection with Trade Marks. She handled matters relating to preparation, processing and prosecuting of trade mark applications, oppositions, rectifications/cancellations, infringements and all other related matters. After working with the firm for over a year, Nargis relocated to Dubai and thereafter to Canada, where she continued to work in the legal profession.
Nargis re-joined Vellani & Vellani in 2017. While still handling matters involving Intellectual Property, Nargis specializes in matters pertaining to regulatory compliance. She has advised major companies on handling risks related to corruption, bribery and anti-money laundering, helping clients successfully mitigating their risk and reduce their potential exposure to investigation and possible criminal charges. Nargis can deliver comprehensive analysis on the applicability of laws which deal with prohibition of bribery of public officials, possession of proceeds from money laundering and corruption, assisting clients in the evaluation and development of policies pertaining to corporate compliance. Nargis can also advice on the applicability of various data protection laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Nargis is also involved in several property litigation cases at the Firm, handling a wide range of disputes, ranging from simple residential issues between landlords and tenants, to advising commercial property developers and investors. Nargis is passionate about pro bono work and actively participates in providing legal advice and assistance in family law and child custody matters to underprivileged women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Nargis is enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh, she is a member of the Sindh Bar Council and Karachi Bar Association since 2007. She is a member of International Trademarks Association (INTA) (based on firm’s membership) and also a member of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). Nargis is also FCPA and UK AML trained and certified.