Lead counsel in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan legal system is highly complex, being an amalgamation of English common law, Roman-Dutch law, Muslim law and customary law; heavily influenced by the country’s colonial past and prevailing culture. Prior to 1973, the legal profession was occupied by proctors and advocates, similar to barristers and solicitors within England & Wales and other Commonwealth legal systems. Following the Administration of Justice Law No.44 of the National State Assembly, the two branches were fused to create attorneys at law, although a number of individuals focus on advocacy as part of a chambers. Those operating at the zenith of the legal profession occupy the title of President’s Counsel, an honorary title which replaced Queen’s Counsel when Sri Lanka became a republic in 1972 – holders of this designation may also be part of law firms or in government service.