Colombo Lawyers

A Law Firm consisting a team of elite lawyers in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Yohan Wijesinghe Associates is a Law Firm providing cost effective legal services through a team of elite lawyers based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Legal Firm is under the guidance of a barrister who is qualified to practice in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. The Firm's litigation arm, Y.W. chambers where the legal counsel resides is also located in Colombo.




Hotline: +94 777 575 501



Litigation & Dispute resolutions


We can act as instructing attorneys to file action in courts for your litigation needs or resort to dispute resolution depending on the circumstances of the claim. A brief scope of the work we undertake as instructing attorneys are inter alia, carryout legal analysis and advise whether you have good grounds to claim, advice you on appropriate counsels to retain, hold consultations, liaise with counsels who represent clients, instruct counsels on your behalf, do the necessary searches and investigations to procure information and documents required to file your claim in court. Finally, we will file proxy and carry out all the necessary work till the final judgement. We could also practice as counsels .

We undertake work in the following areas





We specialize in the areas of law relating to Commercial Lw, Banking Law, Admiralty Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Administrative Law, Insurance Law, Construction Law, Family Law, Tax Law, Construction Law and Land Law and other areas of Law.


Actions include inter alia:


  • Actions for breach of contract.
  • Debt recovery litigation
  • Lender enforcement actions.
  • Actions in courts for breaches of the Companies Act.
  • Rent and ejectment actions.
  • Actions for infringement of trade mark and patents.
  • Probate and testamentary applications
  • Land and partition actions
  • Testamentary actions
  • Trust matters
  • Recovery of amounts due on unpaid invoices for goods supplied and delivered.
  • Recovery of loans made abroad to individuals now resident in Sri Lanka
  • Enforcement of judgments in Sri Lanka
  • Resealing of foreign Probates and testamentary work affecting assets owned in Sri Lanka by non-nationals
  • Actions relating to shipping and maritime trade.
  • Divorce matters.
  • Appeals against unfair procedure laid out by government authorities
  • Coverage issues and policy interpretation
  • Professional liability
  • Reinsurance
  • Complex international or multi-jurisdictional disputes
  • Settlement agreements and commutation arrangements
  • Run-off claims and recoveries


Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


We can assist you in any dispute that is to be determined by arbitration either through the UNCITRAL, ICC or ICLP Rules of Arbitration. We can advise on the timing, structure and choice of arbitrator.

We can also assist in other formal types of dispute resolution such as expert determinations and adjudications. We have enormous experience in negotiating settlements, often without proceedings ever being started. Our clients value our energy, our innovative approaches and our creativity in seeking to achieve a beneficial resolution quickly and cost effectively.


Our services are inter alia:


  • Negotiating and drafting arbitration clauses.
  • Advise whether a problem can be referred to arbitration.
  • If there is a dispute regarding an issue of law, then litigating and obtaining an interim injunction to resolve the dispute through arbitration
  • Guiding you step by step through the procedure of arbitration
  • Draft the necessary submissions in order to invoke the arbitration jurisdiction in
  • Advising you on the strategy to ensure you obtain your final award
  • Advise you on choosing your arbitrator, who should be conversant with the subject matter to represent you at the arbitration
  • If the rules governing the arbitration are not set in the contract or you and the other parties agree to resolve the dispute through arbitration, we can help you decide on the appropriate rules you should suggest and agree upon for your dispute.
  • Draft arbitration agreements when parties decide to resolve any dispute through arbitration
  • Advice on enforcement of arbitration awards and appeals against arbitration awards
  • We could also litigate your arbitration award or appeal against arbitration


Customs matters

We can also provide our legal services for any customs matters which are inter alia:


  • Advise on how to clear goods without violation Customs Laws
  • Advise the client about the representatives for inquiries
  • Advise our clients on whether the Customs Department has enough proof and whether the Customs Department is abiding by the Laws and Regulations
  • Advise on the procedure involved and guidance on what steps to take during the inquiry
  • Advise on strategy and approaches to be taken for customs inquiries
  • Advise on any preliminary objections to be taken at the inquiry
  • Advise on the oral written submission to be made at the inquiry
  • Advise on possible settlements
  • Draft written submission after inquiry stage to determine final order
  • Advise on whether the Customs Department is following the procedures that are set out.
  • Advise on warehousing of goods.
  • Advise on appeals against unfair decisions and orders


Employment matters


We maintain a specialized team of labour lawyers who have extensive knowledge and experience in handling all types of labour issues in the context of business transactions and daily operations. We assist clients in establishing labour management systems and handling human resources problems.


Additionally, our substantial litigation experience assures our clients have effective representation in the event of complicated employment disputes that needs to be appealed and intervention of the Higher Courts is needed. We can provide our clients with our knowledge and experience in representation that protects their rights and preserves their interests at Labour Tribunals.

We advise management on how to prevent future conflicts by drafting employment agreements that include non-competitive clauses, intellectual property protection, and severance compensation as well as in-house policies that ensure the protection of trade secrets and confidential business information.


In regard to foreign management, Yohan Wijesinghe Associates additionally assists foreign residents to obtain work visas and residence for employment purposes in Sri Lanka. Please click here for visas.


Areas of services include:


  • Drafting and negotiating individual and collective labour contracts, training agreements, non- competition agreements and confidentiality agreements.
  • Preparing employee manuals and drafting company rules and regulations.
  • Assisting in handling employee transfers, layoffs and displacements in corporate acquisitions and liquidations and restructuring proceedings
  • Advise on economic and other kinds of dismissal and lay offs
  • Advising in resolution of labour disputes.
  • Making representations before the Labour Tribunals
  • Carrying out necessary legal research and drafting written submission for Labour Tribunals
  • Legal Opinions
  • Advising on resolution of labour disputes


Tel: +94 222 222 222