D.L. & F. De Saram is one of the oldest law firms in Sri Lanka, founded in 1898 by Richard Francis De Saram, and carried on in partnership by his sons, Douglas and Fred De Saram. This tradition endured successively into the 20th century when Fred De Saram’s sons, Colonel F.C. De Saram, F.J. “Coo” De Saram, Robert De Saram and Maurice De Saram, and a nephew, Clifford Trevor De Saram, guided the fortunes of the Firm. Interestingly, the tradition is sustained by the present partners, Michael Sproule, Dijen De Saram, grandsons of Fred De Saram, Savantha De Saram and Prabash De Saram, his great-grandsons. While taking great pride in its rich heritage, the firm is one of the largest full-service law firms in Sri Lanka.

International trade, economy and communications are constantly evolving, and the legal requirements of our global clients change at lightning speed, and we stay abreast of these changes as they apply to the Sri Lankan legal framework. The Firm is in a unique position to meet the needs of our clients - individual, corporate, domestic and international.

The Firm has consistently ranked as a leading law firm by IFLR1000, Legal500, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific. Our highly qualified, versatile and experienced team offers a wide range of legal services in the areas of Corporate & Commercial Law, Banking & Finance, M&A, Projects and Infrastructure with emphasis on PPPs, Dispute Resolution, Taxation, Employment Law, Competition, Anti-trust and Intellectual Property, Real Estate and specializes in representing major foreign and domestic companies with diverse business interests in Sri Lanka.

The Firm is experienced in Sri Lankan anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and assisting as Sri Lankan counsel for investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices, Act of 1977.


The Firm undertakes company incorporations, including Board of Investment of Sri Lanka approved incorporations, and assist in establishment of Overseas Companies (e.g., Branch). The Firm’s subsidiary, Corporate Advisory Services (Pvt.) Ltd., provides the full gamut of company secretarial services to over 500 domestic companies, many of which are listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.

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