Ishtiaq Nawaz- Chechi

Partner – Real Estate, Lending, Commercial

Ishtiaq Nawaz- Chechi

Ishtiaq Nawaz- Chechi

Partner – Real Estate, Lending, Commercial

Ishtiaq is a multi-jurisdictional qualified lawyer and licensed to practice in England and Wales, Pakistan, and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Following graduation with a 2:1 degree and qualification as a Solicitor in 2005, Ishtiaq held several in-house positions which has allowed him to gain a wealth of experience in several legal disciplines. Roles have included Head of Legal at Tiuta Plc as a Specialist Bridging Lender, Legal Manager at the University of Surrey specialising in commercial contracts, Associate Solicitor at Sovereign Housing Association where he focussed on Real Estate and Development.

In 2008 Ishtiaq set up his own practice in Reading, Berkshire, which he incorporated and managed for several years until 2020.

In 2010, Ishtiaq obtained his Higher Rights of Audience and became a Solicitor-Advocate.

As a result of his varied legal background, Ishtiaq is experienced in a wide range of legal disciplines and can advise on Real Estate and Property, Secured Lending, Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Private Immigration, Islamic Finance and Arbitration and International Arbitration.

Ishtiaq regularly acts on high-value commercial transactions. Notably he has:

  • Acted on numerous Secured Loan transactions with a total estimated value of over £500 Million.
  • Acted for a publicly listed oil company in the restructure of their commercial property portfolio.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual in the purchase of an iconic £5 Million property in Berkshire, England.
  • Acted for a private client in the sale of their £2.95 Million property portfolio.
  • Acted on the acquisition of a £1 million development site in Karachi, Pakistan. Assumed GDV of over £75 million
  • Advised on the incorporation of Islamic Finance funds
  • Acted for clients in landlord and tenant matters

He is currently undertaking part-time studies for a PhD at the University of Reading in matters of the laws of Pakistan with a specialist focus on Pakistan finance and insolvency law.

Ishtiaq is the Founding Partner of Spencer West Pakistan, and his practice is increasingly focused on developing the Firm’s services for businesses and persons based in Pakistan.

“Ishtiaq is a professional and task focused person who goes out of his way to help others. He has good technical knowledge of the law and is a pleasant and interesting person both in and out of the office.”

Ishtiaq is an experienced professional. His expertise in areas of law such as property and litigation, combined with his Solicitor-Advocate status means he can handle more than other lawyers. He has a calm and collected manner and displays prowess and quick thinking in court. I would have no hesitations in using Ishtiaq to advise me in the future.
Sunil Puri

When Ishtiaq takes on work he is very dedicated to that task and gives a high level of customer service to the client. He has a keen eye to detail and often works to tight deadlines with apparent ease. As a colleague he is a pleasure to work with and is always able to break down complex problems into plain English.
Mark Rodgers


  • Dubai England & Wales Pakistan


Real Estate and Property, Secured Lending, Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Private Immigration, Islamic Finance and Arbitration, International Arbitration

Qualifications and Professional bodies

    • LL.B - (Anglia Ruskin)
    • LPC – (College of Law)
    • LL.M – (University of Reading)
    • PhD Candidate – (University of Reading)
    • Higher Rights of Audience - Civil
    • PgDip in Law Firm Management – (Nottingham Trent University)
    • Advocate – Part II Registration - Dubai International Financial Centre
    • High Court Advocate - Pakistan
    • Certified Islamic Finance Arbitrator - (IICRA) UAE
    • Football Association (FA) Accredited Agent
    • Associate Member - CIArb


  • Chatham Chambers LLP
  • University of Surrey
  • Tiuta PLC
  • Sovereign Housing Association

Ishtiaq Nawaz- says...

I focus on client care and providing a high quality, professional and friendly service.