Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi

Partner – Real Estate, Lending, Commercial

Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi

Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi

Partner – Real Estate, Lending, Commercial

Ishtiaq is qualified to practise in England and Wales, Pakistan and the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC).

Ishtiaq was previously Managing Partner of Chatham Chambers LLP based in Reading, Berkshire.

Ishtiaq is experienced in a wide range of property law issues, including commercial and residential property, landlord and tenant and secured lending.

Ishtiaq has specialist expertise in relation to Islamic finance and laws, including advising clients purchasing property with Islamic mortgages and also advising clients on Islamic wills.

He also has wide-ranging expertise in commercial law as a legal practitioner and as a Visiting Lecturer at British universities. He also handles immigration cases on behalf of foreign nationals seeking to establish the right to remain in the UK.

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’s practice is increasingly focused on developing Spencer West’s services for businesses and persons based in Pakistan.

Notable cases

  • IG (Russia) v ECO, appeal against refusal of elderly dependent relative visa
  • SN (Zimbabwe) and Others v ECO, appeal against refusal of family reunion visa
  • RH (Indonesia) v ECO, appeal against refusal of Indefinite Leave to Remain

“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


  • England & Wales Pakistan


Real estate, lending, Islamic finance, Islamic wills, commercial law, immigration

Qualifications and Professional Bodies

    • PhD in Law, University of Reading (2019 – 2024)
    • Masters Degree in Law, Advanced Legal Studies, Reading University
    • Solicitor (2005)
    • LLB (Hons)
    • High Court Advocate, Islamabad Bar Council
    • Rights of Audience, Dubai International Financial Centre
    • Higher Rights of Audience – Civil (England and Wales)
    • Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading


  • Themis School of Law, Visiting Lecturer
  • University of Reading, Visiting Lecturer
  • Chatham Chambers LLP

Ishtiaq says...

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