Welcome to Azurist
WHO WE ARE
We are born out of the concept of giving full scale assistance to the expat Bangladeshi Community and foreign investors around the globe who need to preserve their rights and protect legitimate interests in Bangladesh. Our expertise is geared towards helping our clients through informed legal solutions, practical advice and representative services through a reliable professional network. The service we provide essentially reduces the obscurities and difficulties faced by many in obtaining legal guidance or trusting the aid in offer in Bangladesh. We work relentlessly to bridge the gap in the legal sector between Bangladesh and those living abroad with economic or social ties with the country. AZURIST is well-resourced to provide contentious and non-contentious legal support on Laws of Bangladesh. Being based in London we are uniquely positioned to reach out to the world wide NRB community. Our network of experienced and qualified lawyers practising in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh adeptly serve clients with proper guidance on legal issues and intelligent solutions. We work closely with a dedicated team of lawyers in Dhaka, Sylhet, Moulvibazar and representative professionals across the country for pre-emptive, reactive and dynamic litigation support in Bangladesh. The advisory work and legal services we provide are regulated by the Bangladesh Bar Council. We also assist Bangladeshi business community inclined towards investing in the UK economy and building partnerships with UK based organisations. We can act as the representative office for companies and persons who regularly engage in business dealings with Europe, North America and Asia.
AZURIST is a unique and revolutionary Firm and the first of its kind in imparting one door legal service in Bangladesh for individuals and groups stationed or habitually resident in UK, USA, Canada and other parts of Europe as well as Asia. Its main focus is to provide consultation on advice on the laws of Bangladesh to expats, businesses and foreign investors and deliver competent representative services in matters arising in Bangladesh. AZURIST also works closely with organizations and authorities in UK to provide representative and business solutions for Bangladeshi persons/organisations with overseas business projects. AZURIST actively communes with the Non-Resident Bangladeshi inhabitants in the UK to recognise the legal support they need in Bangladesh in the family, commerce and property sector.
areas of expertise
In collaboration with The Zurist in Dhaka, we advise artists, lP firms and companies on Copyright, Trade Mark, Patent and Industrial Design matters. We file patent applications (international and PCT), trade mark applications,obtain certificate, conduct registration of industrial design at the concerned government offices in Dhaka and enforce copyright protection through litigation in infringement cases as well asTrade Secret and Breach of Confidence issues.
Succession and Inheritance
Succession and Inheritance
We represent legal heirs to deceased Bangladeshi citizens in succession proceedings in order to obtain certificates for devolving shares of liquid assets lawfully. Our advice on inheritance laws is focused on guiding surviving family members living abroad. We assist successors in mutation process at the concerned land authorities (Sub Registry, AC Land and Tahsil office) and help our clients to lawfully dispose of inherited immovable assets.
Azurist provides comprehensive legal assistance on land matters in Bangladesh. Our services range from carrying out forensic due diligence on assets and properties in different parts of the country, verifying deeds and record of rights to vetting sale registration or mutation for devolving shares of property amongst successors to resolution or litigation through power of attorney for possession matters as well as injunctive relief arising out of land disputes.
Foreign Direct Investment
Civil & Criminal Law
We advise expatriate clients on Family Law Ordinance, Divorce and Guardianship laws of Bangladesh. Azurist lawyers are well versed in the Personal Law (Sharia, according to Qur’an and Sunnah), special marriages and Hindu marriage registration laws. We are frequently instructed parties to divorce in UK for expert opinions and ancillary relief matters relating to assets in Bangladesh.
- Apply & Obtain
- Due Diligence
- Power of Attorney
- Serve Documents
At AZURIST, we profess to advise clients on complex legal issues and regulatory matters within the jurisdiction of Bangladesh. Our advice features practical exposition to multifaceted aspects of personal & family law, inheritance, property disputes, illegal possession, ownership or licensing, injunctions, intellectual property rights, breach of promise, company affairs, business ventures, commercial agreements and negotiations, foreign exchange and remittance matters, breach of trusts, complaints and prosecution against miscreants, protection from anti-social behaviour, cyber crime, defamation and professional negligence amongst others. You can visit our offices for in depth consultation and instruct us to formulate legal opinions on such matters.
Our drafting wing can draw up contracts and legal documents such as Deeds, Will, Contracts, Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and even complex PPP agreements. Our advisors being qualified lawyers of Bangladesh are fluent in English and Bengali, whereby we can understand and identify you and the context of your documentary needs. Therefore we can help you with drafting specific documents, opinions & instruments which are not only clear, but most importantly reflective of your needs and objectives.
Filing Applications & Obtaining Certificates
The administration network and professional legal team in our partner organization The Zurist is regularly instructed by us to file applications related to Intellectual Property (Patent & Trademark, Industrial Designs), renewing licenses and permits, obtaining certified copies of land documents and Court orders on behalf of non residents, legal firms and international businesses.
Due Diligence & Verification of Documents
We can verify and analyze legal instruments, documents, title deeds, business agreements related to affairs in Bangladesh. By conducting extensive search and fact finding mission in local jurisdiction with the support of our professional network in Bangladesh, we can obtain authentic information on title and current legal status of movable and immovable property, court proceedings, business operations, company dealings and supply the same to residents in UK & Europe.
Due diligence process is the term used for an investigation into a business or property (land) undertaken by a potential buyer to evaluate its assets, liabilities and general conditions. With regards to business ventures, it involves a close look at the company records, accounts history, budgets and business projections, contracts with employees, suppliers and customers to put together a picture of the target company.
When it comes to purchasing or selling land, immovable property, it is necessary to gain advance information on the current possession, record of rights, chain of title- to ascertain whether it is free from any encumbrance, encroachment or subject to any court order, government acquisition, whether there are any outstanding charges on the property. A conclusive finding on the above matters allows the potential buyer to work out: (a) Whether he/she still wants to buy the property or business; (b) whether he/she is still happy to pay the price offered; and (c) whether there are any contractual protections he/she needs in the purchase agreement. We can help to ensure that you ask all the right questions, spot gaps in the answers and take informed decisions.
Power of Attorney
All kinds of representation and legal support in Courts & Tribunal proceedings, arbitration, sale or purchase of property, business negotiations and agreements, service of legal documents in Bangladesh are effectuated by virtue of authority to act conferred with power of attorney. The relevant legal instruments delegating lawful authority to act are prepared by the Firm, attested in Bangladesh High Commission or Foreign & Commonwealth Office followed by verification at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh and circulated to the local Deputy Commissioner office. We see through each step of the way leading to the final stage of the process and serve the document at the appropriate forum. If needed, we can nominate individuals under agreeable conditions to take necessary steps as the attorney with special and regulated power to act.
Do you need to serve court papers or other important documents to a person living in Bangladesh but expect that this person may try to avoid getting served? Maybe you have already tried sending documents by courier and the addressee has not opened the door or the courier employee was not able to locate the person.
We appoint licensed practitioners and process server agencies to serve all kind of Legal/Civil/Judicial case related documents such as Personal Legal Papers, Summons, Petitions, Complaint, Writs, Divorce Papers, Child Support Notifications, Legal Notices & Court Orders. Our appointed representatives follow the legal procedure prescribed in foreign jurisdiction as recognized by national laws.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Though we are fully equipped to provide comprehensive litigation support, we believe that litigation should be approached from a practical and strategic perspective first and then approached legally once our client’s business goals are adequately outlined and established. Not only can litigation be financially costly, but it can be emotionally draining and can divert your time and energy from productivity. Our core philosophy to make our clients’ lives easier is critically important in how we handle our clients’ matters. Accordingly, we positively promote avenues for alternative dispute resolution paving the way to amicable settlements before resorting to litigation or seeing the inside of a courtroom.
ADR: The Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Act 2002 of Bangladesh has been enacted to introduce Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system for early and consensual disposal of civil suits.
Section 89A and 89B have been inserted to allow parties to settle their disputes in suits through mediation or arbitration.
Arbitration: Arbitration in Bangladesh is increasingly being featured as a means of doing away with the Court route and the length of time it can take to resolve cases. Over the years it has proved to be a successful and efficient tool for setting right disputes arising out of commercial matters. Businesses, especially those with foreign investment concerns are now familiar and keen to include arbitration clauses in standard business agreements.
Going to Court: We recognize that expats and foreign businesses seek legal representation in Courts & Tribunals in Bangladesh on a regular basis in Property, Family, Civil & Criminal matters. More often than not they encounter a number of hurdles due to the distance and lack of direct access to legal help in Court. AZURIST’s lawyers and associate legal professionals uniquely address this issue and provide quality representation in Tribunals, Subordinate Courts all over the Country, also in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Whether you are bringing a claim against any party in Bangladesh or defending any action brought in Court, seeking injunctive relief, applying for equitable remedy, demanding compensation, proclaiming ownership or recovering possession, challenging administrative actions, representing public interests or appealing against judgment, we can act on your behalf and appear in any Court of Bangladesh to protect your rights and further your lawful interests.
Setting up Businesses and/or Investing in Bangladesh
Owing to the rapid growth in privatization, wider consumer market and competitive establishment as well as maintenance costs, Bangladesh is an ideal location for starting businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. AZURIST understands the complex nature of starting a new business including timelines, costs and legal concerns that are inherent in this process. Our London team, in co-operation with the resources in Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and other parts of the country will help you navigate the numerous legal aspects involved in starting a business in line with the regulatory requirements under the local laws. Irrespective of the nature of the business (whether it is a sole-proprietorship, partnership, corporation or any other entity) we can assist in ensuring that you plan and prepare for all kinds of legal issues and implications arising in Bangladesh.
AZURIST can assist new business owners or investors in these key areas: