Experts

Dijen Lea De Saram

Called to the Bar: 1976
Years with the Firm: Over 30 Years
The Senior Partner of the firm

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • LLB (Hons) (University of Ceylon) (1970-1974)
  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (April 1976)

Areas of Practice:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Tax

Work Experience:

  • 1984 – to date: D.L. & F. De Saram (Partner since 1989)
  • 1979 – 1984: Legal Draftsman’s Department/drafting legislation and subsidiary by laws of the government of Sri Lanka

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Savantha De Saram

Called to the Bar: 1999
Years with the Firm: Over 18 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • LLB (Hons), Holborn Law College London June 1997.
  • Attorney-at- Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (October 1999).
  • Barrister-at- Law (England and Wales-1998), Lincoln’s Inn.

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and Commercial, Project Finance and Infrastructure Projects
  • Securitization Information Technology, Admiralty, Shipping and International Trade

Work Experience:

  • 1998 – to date: D.L. & F. De Saram
  • (Partner since 2004).

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Prabash De Saram

Called to the Bar: 1999
Years with the Firm: Over 17 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Magister Juris (First Class) (Masters in Law) (University College –University of Oxford – U.K) (2000-2001). The primary focus of his Masters  thesis was on the study of laws relating to Companies, Contracts and Intellectual Property.
  • Awarded the Shell Centenary Scholarship for studies at the University of Oxford – UK (2000).
  • Passed finalist CIMA – U.K (May 2000)
  • Awarded Angelo M. Patrick prize for best performance by a Sri Lankan in SMM (Strategic Management and Marketing) in the final stage of the    Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy Examination (May 2000).
  • Attorney-at- Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1999)-(First Class in each of the years 1996, 1997 and 1998 ).

Areas of Practice:

Foreign Investment, Banking and Finance, Tax, Corporate and Commercial, Project Finance and Infrastructure Projects, Intellectual Property

Work Experience:

  • 2003 – to date: D.L. & F. De Saram (Partner since January 2006)
  • 2002 – 2003: Manager, Exports and Imports (Trade Services) Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited/advice on documentary credit and collection transactions and trade finance lending instruments.

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • Email: prabash@desaram.com

Michael Sproule

Called to the Bar: 1968
Years with the Firm:  Over 40 Years

Academic/ Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Oxford (1964).
  • Barrister-at-Law (England and Wales – 1967), Inner Temple
  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1968).

Areas of Practice:

  • Foreign Investment
  • Real and Moveable Property and Trusts
  • Banking and Finance
  • Infrastructure, Power and Energy

Work Experience:

  • 1968 – to date: D.L & F. De Saram

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • Email: desaram@desaram.com

Nivadita Abeyaratne

Called to the Bar: 1981
Years with the Firm: Over 33 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1981)

Areas of Practice:

  • Real and Moveable Property and Trusts
  • Testamentary Matters

Work Experience:

  • 1983 – to date: D.L. & F. De Saram (Partner since 1995)

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • : desaram@desaram.com

Shanthi John

Called to the Bar: 1977
Years with the Firm: Over 25 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of  Sri Lanka (1977)

Areas of Practice:

  • Real and Moveable Property and Trusts
  • Family Law and Testamentary Matters

Areas of Practice:

  • Real and Moveable Property and Trusts
  • Family Law and Testamentary Matters

Work Experience:

  • 1990 – to date: D.L. & F.De Saram (Partner since – 1996)

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • Email: desaram@desaram.com

Manjula Sirimane

Called to the Bar: 1993
Years with the Firm: Over 22 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • LLB, University of Colombo – 1995.
  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1993).

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  •  Employment
  •  Intellectual Property

Work Experience:

  • 1994 to date: D.L. & F. De Saram
  • (Partner since 1998).

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Jivan Goonetilleke

Called to the Bar: 2008
Years with the Firm: Over 8 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • LL.B (Hons.) University of London (external) in 2005.
  • B.A (Bachelor of Arts Degree) University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in 2006.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2009.
  • Attorney-At- Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (August 2008).

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution

Work Experience:

  • 2008 to date: Counsel/Consultant to D.L. & F. De Saram,
  • Attoneys-at- Law in the aforementioned areas of practice
  • (Partner since 2015)

Contact Details:

Suren de Silva

Called to the Bar:1997
Years with the Firm: Over 10 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Masters in Law (LLM) (University College London) (University of London) (1997-1998). (Emphasis on regulation of financial markets, law and practice  of foreign investment in emerging economies, privatization).
  • LLB (Hons.) (University of Wales College, Cardiff) (1993-1995).
  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (June 1997).
  • Barrister-at-Law (England and Wales – July 1996), Gray’s Inn.
  • Special Training Program on Commercial Law at City University, Hong Kong, (April 2002) under a World Bank scholarship.
  • Council Member and Convenor, of the Constitutional Amendment Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Member of the National Intellectual Property Commission (2002/2003).

Work Experience:

  • May 2003 – to date: Counsel/ Consultant (Special Projects), D.L. & F. De Saram.
  • January 1999 – April 2003: State Counsel, Attorney General’s Department, Sri Lanka- engaged in legal work on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), its agencies and its corporations/drafting and reviewing legislation and advising the GOSL on the constitutionality of proposed legislation, acting as an advisor to Ministerial Select Committees set  up by Parliament.

   in its role of recommending new legislation

  • to parliament, negotiating contracts on behalf of GOSL with the private sector and foreign entities,handling litigation on behalf of GOSL,advising Government Corporations through the Public Enterprise Reform Commission on their restructuring by privatization and/or by forming strategic private/public partnerships.

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • Email: desaram@desaram.com

Areas of Practice:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure Projects
  • Securitisation
  • Admiralty, Shipping and International Trade

Riad Ameen

Called to the Bar:1998
Years with the Firm: 2 Years

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • LLB (University of London).
  • LLM (University of Colombo) – Public Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law).
  • Barrister-at- Law (England and Wales), Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Attorney-at-Law, of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Work Experience:

  • 1999-2006 State Counsel at the Attorney Generals Department of Sri Lanka. Provision of legal advice to the Government of Sri Lanka. Legal representation in Court in litigation.
  • Legal practitioner since 2006.His areas of speciality consist of corporate law, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and public law,including customs and taxation.

Contact Details:

  • Telephone: (+94) 11 2695782Mobile: (+94) 71 4443331
  • Fax: (+94) 11 2695410
  • Email: riad@desaram.com
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