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As a direct access immigration barrister I am keenly aware of the need for education to prepare the next generation of lawyers. In my case I was delighted and honoured to be invited to the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law’s conference on legal education in Karachi in December 2015.

I was honoured to meet and participate with the illustrious attendants and to mix with students and many high Court and Supreme Court Judges. It is well known that in Pakistan’s early life as a newly independent country that democracy has often been under attack or replaced. It is equally well know that it is often the lawyers and judiciary in Pakistan that who stand up such governments and seek to establish that the rule of law holds firm.

It is no small achievement that the lawyers and judiciary in Pakistan have achieved in recent years and it was thus a pleasure to accept the invitation and to speak and chair a session at the conference as well as meeting such spending people, people truly committed to both justice and the education of the next generation of lawyers in Pakistan’s only dedicated university of law.

I would wish SZABUL and all those involved with the University, particularly the Vice Chancellor Professor Qazi Ali, a former High Court Judge of Sindh who made me particularly welcome. It is my fervent wish that closer links be forged between this new institution and our own institutions in the UK.

I hope that I am afforded the opportunity to return and to perhaps share my experience with those who so obviously are interested in the study of and propagation of the law.

Paul Turner is a highly regarded direct access immigration barrister and is the head of Imperium Chambers, Grays Inn Buildings, Grays Inn, WC1r 5ET, he also practises from Goldsmith Chambers, the chambers of Anthony Metzer QC and a door tenant at 39 Park Square Leeds LS1 2NU and is licensed by the Bar Council to litigate and to provide advice and representation directly to the public.