Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi

Senior Partner

Ishtiaq is the founding and senior partner of the firm and established Chatham Chambers in July 2008. Ishtiaq read law at the Anglia Ruskin University (previously known as the Anglia Polytechnic University) graduating with an Upper-Second Class Degree and completed his Post Graduate diploma in legal practice at the Guildford branch of the College of Law. Ishtiaq was subsequently admitted as a Solicitor in 2005.

Following admission as a Solicitor, Ishtiaq worked for various companies including Sovereign Housing Association, Tiuta Plc and the University of Surrey as in-house Counsel.

Ishtiaq completed a Masters Degree (LLM) in Advanced Legal Studies at the University of Reading in 2010 and subsequently undertook the Civil Higher Rights of Audience and became accredited as a Higher Courts Advocate.

In 2012, he completed a Certificate in Legal Practice at Nottingham Trent University which primarily focused on Law Firm management.

Ishtiaq is currently a part-time PhD Candidate at the University of Reading and researching in Insolvency and 
Bankruptcy Law. For more info visit:

Ishtiaq is also a High Court Advocate in Pakistan and a Partner at the firm of Ahmed and Partners in Karachi, Pakistan where he advises individuals and businesses conducting business in Pakistan:

Ishtiaq has experience in general commercial law, commercial contracts, immigration law, commercial and residential property law, landlord and tenant, civil litigation, intellectual property and wills and probate including Shariah law. He has previously undertaken charity and community work as well as advising at the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) on various immigration matters including Entry Clearance applications and appeals; Extensions of leave to Remain; Settlement Applications and Work Permits.

We highly recommend Chatham Chambers. They provided professional advice in a friendly manner. We dealt specifically with Ishtiaq Nawaz-Chechi who helped provide a commercial contract and confidentiality agreement specific to our charity’s needs. On first meeting him, he put us at ease with his wonderful smile and spoke to us in a considerate and professional manner. We will be happy to use them again for any future legal needs we may have. Matt M