About Us

Who we are and how we work


Layards & Stuart is a law firm based in Colombo, Sri Lanka providing quality legal advice, solutions and representation to both local and international corporate clients. Our experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives us the market perspective to be your global partner.

The practice of the firm is all encompassing, including advice to clients from corporates, commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise. We have also fostered and developed working relationships with leading law firms across the world. We work in close association with regulators and governmental units to keep abreast of all developments which, in turn, enables us to respond quickly to changes in the legal and regulatory environment, manage risk and to achieve business success. We are ideally placed to offer expert advice, from the letter of intent to due diligence and signing, to advice on risk management strategy that will enable our clients to strive ahead and prosper.

We understand and work together with our clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether our clients are expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we at Layards & Stuarts can help.

Recent innovative economic policies have encouraged SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) to embark on a wide variety of new ventures. We have particular expertise on advising clients on the economic and fiscal reforms of these countries. We have considerable experience in advising on all investment related projects, banking and joint ventures in the SAARC countries and as such we pride ourselves on being an information resource on the laws and legal developments of the SAARC countries and being able to fully assist our clients.