LexTalk World interviews Md Salequzzaman. Salequzzaman was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, UK in 2013 following successful completion of ‘Bar Professional Training Course’ from City, University of London, UK and LLB (Hons') from the University of Wales, UK in 2012. Prior to that, he obtained his first LLB (Hons’) in 2007 and LLM in 2008 from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He was enrolled as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 2009 and as an Advocate of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2015.
Salequzzaman appears regularly before both the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the subordinate courts and has been dealing with Constitutional matters, Civil, Criminal, Commercial, Taxation, Company, Banking, Admiralty, Property disputes, PIL, HR etc. Prior to joining THE LEGAL ERA, Salequzzaman worked with a reputed law firm namely Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates (SIA&A), Dhaka as an Associate. He gained considerable experiences at SIA&A in advising clients, conducting Court hearing, providing Company Secretarial Services to local/foreign owned Company, conducting due diligence for foreign clients/firms and overseas chambers, finalizing all legal drafting etc. He also gained extensive experience on Intellectual Property, ICT, E-Commerce etc. at Old Bailey Chambers.
Host: Please brief us about your journey as a Legal professional so far.
Salequzzaman: Thank you for the question. In becoming a Lawyer, I basically fulfilled my parents dream although without any objection from my end. My father is an Advocate and probably this is why he wanted me to follow him, my wife is also a Barrister and partner of our law firm namely “The Legal Era”. My Father-in-Law is also from law background. He is a Justice of the Hon’ble High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and I should also mention here that Era is my only daughter as of now and I hope she will also be a part of this legal journey. I started my legal career in 2009 having been enrolled as an Advocate with Bangladesh Bar Council and while practicing, as you know, I went to London, United Kingdom to complete the Bar-at-Law Degree. Having been called to Bar of England & Wales, I came back to my country in 2014 and joined an Intellectual Property law chamber and worked there for 1 and half years. I was enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in April, 2015. Before Joining The Legal Era, I worked with a reputed law chamber namely Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates and trained in almost all areas of laws.
Since the beginning of my profession, I had to go through a lot of rigorous learning struggles to become a confident lawyer as I am today and I am grateful to all my seniors who trained me very passionately and effectively. In “The Legal Era”, we currently have 99% success rate. The reason behind our success is we always try to give proper and honest advice to our clients in regards to merits of their cases which help them to choose best actions.
Host: How do you give legal assistance to foreign clients like NRB's, Corporate entities?
Salequzzaman: We assist foreign clients on regular basis in incorporating various entities, post incorporation compliances, vetting various legal documents, providing corporate secretarial services etc. we also closely works with foreign law chambers specially by doing legal due diligence. Non Resident Bangladeshi’s mostly contact us for property related issues i.e. forming trust of properties, will & Probate, Gift, selling properties, claiming inheritance property, drafting & executing power of attorney from abroad and so on.