Office Address

365 Dam Street
Colombo 12
Sri Lanka

Phone Number

+94 11 2324579

Fax Number

+94 11 2446954


Office Locations


Firm Background

Founded in 1920 by the late Senator John Wilson, John Wilson Partners is an established legal practice in Sri Lanka, providing service in the areas of civil litigation, commercial law, and notarial practice to corporations, financial institutions and individuals. The firm has an excellent reputation for providing prompt and sound legal advice to both foreign and local clients, delivering innovative yet practical solutions to legal and commercial issues within a fast changing and global environment. Our mission is to provide relevant, responsive, and practical legal advice; offer solutions; and help clients overcome their legal problems and challenges.

Our collaborative team has a wealth of experience gained in private practice, as well as in-house, both locally and abroad, working on major international assignments and transactions while delivering against tight deadlines. Professional and progressive, the lawyers at John Wilson Partners are approachable, quick to respond, and communicate in language our clients understand, providing not just technical legal advice, but also strategic value and business partnering. 

Firm Practice Areas

Admiralty; Adoptions; Agency, distribution, licensing, franchise and representative agreements; Civil Litigation; Company and commercial Contentious intellectual property; Conveyancing; Debt recovery; Due diligence Foreign investment; ICT law, domain names and media; Joint Ventures Labour law and industrial relations; Private client, family and Hague Convention matters; Regulation and privatization; Service of foreign court process and summons, and enforcement of foreign judgments; Taxation; Testamentary, resealing of probate, trusts and wills; Trademark, patent and industrial design registrations; copyright; Visas, work permits, citizenship and dual nationality applications.

Specialist Areas

The firm's Labour Law and Industrial Disputes Practice unit advises on all aspects of Sri Lankan labour law and termination procedures and undertakes scrutiny of employment contracts for compliance under Sri Lankan law. The unit also undertakes representation of clients at the Labour Department as well as in contentious Labour Tribunal applications.

We also have experience of unionization issues and negotiations. The firm contributes annually to a study paper on the sector for the World Bank.

Commercial, Corporate and Foreign Investment
Core areas include advice on FDI rules, capital markets and regulation as well as due diligence, structuring of complex share and asset acquisition deals, restructuring, taxation aspects, drafting of shareholders' agreements, joint venture agreements, supply agreements, and articles of association.

Intellectual Property (IP)
The firm acts for an ever expanding client base of foreign IP owners in connection with applications to register and protect their trademarks, patents and industrial designs in Sri Lanka. In addition, we advise on oppositions and contentious IP litigation. We also undertake trademark searches and draft IP related aspects of franchise and license agreements.

We currently act for clients outside Sri Lanka in litigation and applications connected with: recovery of amounts due on unpaid invoices for goods supplied and delivered to local importers; recovery of loans made to individuals now resident in Sri Lanka; enforcement of judgments obtained abroad in Sri Lanka; re-sealing of probates and testamentary work affecting assets owned in Sri Lanka by non- nationals. 

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