Lead counsel in Sri Lanka

Ponte Andrade & Casanova

English common law, Roman-Dutch law and Muslim law are all encompassed in the Sri Lankan legal system, the make-up of which resulting from the nation's unique culture and relations with different nations over the past centuries. Before 1973, the legal profession formed of proctors and advocates, akin to the barristers and solicitors present in the legal system of England and Wales. Following the Administration of Justice Law No.44 of the National State Assembly, the two branches were combined to create attorneys at law, although a number of individuals choose to concentrate on advocacy as part of a chambers. The most distinguished and esteemed advocates are given the honorary title of President’s Counsel, which replaced the former title of Queen’s Counsel in 1972 when Sri Lanka became a republic. Holders of this designation may also be part of law firms or in government service, but this ranking only covers those who practice along the lines of the self-employed Bar. Key areas of practice in Sri Lanka include employment, environmental, commercial and construction matters, as well as constitutional law.