Hall Of Fame

Dispute resolution in Sri Lanka

D. L. & F. De Saram

D. L. & F. De Saram offers a broad range of services to a variety of domestic, as well as international clients, from supporting individuals on family matters and property to commercial disputes of corporate entities. The practice also looks to support its clients by advising on alternative methods of dispute resolution, notably arbitration. Savantha De Saram, Jivan Goonetileke and Dasuni Wijayasiriwardena head the team. A notable name is Kavindri Wijayaratne, who is particularly knowledgeable in civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Savantha De Saram; Jivan Goonetilleke; Dasuni Wijayasriwardena

Other key lawyers:

Kavindri Wijayaratne


‘The team is very responsive and efficient.’

‘Their knowledge of the law and practicalities is great.’

‘Dasuni Wijesiriwardena is an excellent lawyer and runs an efficient team.’

‘Kavindri Wijayaratne  is extremely responsive.’

‘ They are capable of advising and handling all legal affairs related to any kind of a business field.’

‘The dispute resolution team are methodical and focused, and well sought after in the industry. Their special focus and expertise makes them sought after in civil litigation, wills and probate.’

‘Dasuni Wijayasriwardha is well planned, methodical and knowledgeable in her area of expertise.’

Key clients

British Broadcasting Corporation

Prima Ceylon (private) Ltd

Nestle Lanka PLC

Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited


The Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC

V.V. Karunaratne & Company Limited

China National Aero- Technology International Engineering Operations (CATIC)

Orient Overseas Container Line (China) Co. Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Prima Ceylon (Private) Limited in a writ application filed in the Court of Appeal against the consumer affairs authority of Sri Lanka (CAA).
  • Represented public joint stock company “Aeroflot –Russian Airlines”. The group successfully vacated an Enjoining Order (issued by the commercial High Court) which was preventing one of its aircraft from departing Sri Lanka.
  • Represented the BBC in a District Court action instituted against the BBC by a well-known local businessman who is a founder and co-founder of a leading Sri Lankan News channel and advertising company.

Nithya Partners

Nithya Partners' core strengths lie in resolving corporate and commercial disputes, with the practice being particularly knowledgeable in litigation relating to telecommunication, projects, energy, infrastructure and construction related matters. Chanaka De Silva, a seasoned practitioner, co-heads the team and is an expert in alternate dispute resolution. Aruna Samarajeewa is the other practice head; he is accomplished within consumer matters and customs law. Given his experience, he possesses a strong roster of regional and multinational clients.

Practice head(s):

Chanaka de Silva; Aruna Samarajewa


‘The legal acumen and practical approach of the counsel means they have the ability to turn round a matter fast.’

‘With Chanaka De Silva’s extensive experience and commercial knowledge he has the ability to give practical and business oriented solutions. In times of urgency he is reachable for quick summary advise.’

‘The firm’s dispute resolution team is headed by one of the industry’s best litigation lawyers.’

‘We consider the firm for any material and significant disputes without any second thoughts.’

‘The advice given is generally very sound and very practical.’

‘We have the utmost confidence in their capabilities.’

Key clients

New Fortress Energy Inc. USA

Tudawe Brothers (Pvt) Ltd.

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Sri Lanka

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Vidullanka PLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Sri Lanka

Asiri Hospitals Holdings PLC

Strategic Insurance Brokers (Pvt.) Ltd.

HNB Finance PLC

Standard Chartered Bank, Sri Lanka

Work highlights

  • Represented the bar association of Sri Lanka in a fundamental rights application.
  • Represented the New Fortress Energy group of USA, in public interest litigation cases concerning the agreements entered into by the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • Represented Tudawe Brothers, a joint-venture partner of the consortium constructing Phase II of the Central Expressway in a dispute concerning the joint venture partners and the project employer; the Road Development Authority of Sri Lanka.

Sudath Perera Associates

The team at Sudath Perera Associates is well equipped to handle high profile litigation and arbitration matters, supporting clients in disputes across a wide spectrum which spans commercial, contractual, corporate, M&A, and real estate, among other areas. Sudath Perera, a particularly reputed individual, utilises his experience in his handling of significant negotiations between international corporates as well as government departments. Head of the group, Lakshana Perera is well versed in intellectual property as well as commercial and corporate litigation. Partner Deshan Hewavithana heads the criminal defence team whereas Manoj Bandara provides the team with knowledge in banking and finance, fraud and defamation, civil litigation and telecommunications law.

Practice head(s):

Lakshana Perera; Deshan Hewavithana

Other key lawyers:

Sudath Perera; Manoj Bandara


‘Very methodical and good team workers’.

‘Their feedback is very punctual.’

Key clients

Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt) Ltd

Maliban Biscuits Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd

Indocean Developers Private Limited (IDPL)

Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

Home Lands Holdings (Pvt) Ltd

Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC

People’s Merchant Finance PLC

Orient Finance PLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Russian Education Centre

Work highlights

  • Represented Home Lands Holdings (Pvt), a premier licensed real estate company in Sri Lanka, with regards to land, building and construction related disputes.
  • Represented client, the developer of “Altair”, IDPL, in a number of litigation matters in Sri Lanka.
  • Represented REC Campus, a leading educational pathway provider in Sri Lanka, against YouTube LLC, and another individual, over the publication of defamatory videos.

F. J. & G. De Saram

F. J. & G. De Saram advises a broad range of clients on disputes across the full array of sectors including banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance and M&A. The group is principally focused on international arbitration, representing clients predominantly as claimants taking action against the State. With over 25 years of experience in advisory services, Avinda Rodrigo heads the practice, which thrives in handling lucrative engineering and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Avindra Rodrigo


‘I can rely on them, very professional and they have the subject knowledge.’

‘Very professional team, they follow the dispute very carefully and assist the client very well.’

‘Avindra Rodrigo performed very well in all of his activities related to an international arbitration for our company.’

‘This is one of the most notable firm in Sri Lanka.’

‘When we reached them at first instance with requisite details they took time to analyse the merits and came up with the detailed report listing all the relevant and important factors.’

Key clients



Siemens Limited

IBM World Trade Corporation

Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

C.H. Robinson Freight Services Limited

AFRY, formerly known as Pöyry Switzerland Limited

Insync Bikes Limited, formerly Avocet Sports Limited

Maeda Corporation

Nishimatsu Construction Co. Limited

Haecker Kuchen GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Lanka IOC PLC on the lease of an Oil Tank Farm in a dispute involving the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • Represented Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. before the Court of Appeals in a dispute with Sri Lanka Customs relating to the alleged undervaluing of imports.
  • Represented AFRY, formerly known as Pöyry Switzerland Limited (AFRY) against the Ceylon Electricity Board. Disputes arose under two contracts for consulting services in respect of Phase 1 and 2 of 300 MW Puttalam Coal Power Project in Sri Lanka.

Tiruchelvam Associates

The team at Tiruchelvam Associates have been particularly engaged in handling disputes regarding employment, routinely appearing before the commissioner of labour. The practice aims to broaden the areas in which it operates and has ventured into sectors such as rent and ejectment. The group is headed by Laila Nasry alongside Ayendra Wickremesekera, the former is particularly adept in matters within the power and energy fields; the latter is adept in labour law litigation and is particularly knowledgeable in labour law reform.

Practice head(s):

Laila Nasry; Ayendra Wickremesekera


‘They always research about the subject matter thoroughly and provide you solid information. This sets concrete foundation to a successful journey with them.’

‘Laila Nasry makes sure the client completely understand the situation before we step into the next phase.’

‘The knowledge they possess and the professionalism they bring is outstanding.’

‘You are never confused with them. You hardly have to change the documents they provide you.’

Key clients

Pathuma Fariel Ali

Kapila Ratnayake

FujiSun (Pvt) Ltd

Dhulanie Mendis

Nathalie Lemaire

Srikantha Motors Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Inoka Silva

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in her late husband’s testamentary action in order to prove the joint last will and to distribute the properties accordingly.
  • Advised and assisted a client taking legal action against his tenant who has defaulted in rent payments and regaining possession of the property.
  • Represented FujiSun (Pvt) Ltd in making a successful application under the Right to Information Act and obtained relevant information from a government corporation.