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Our Story — how it all started


Varners has its roots in the professional practice founded in the early 1950s by the late Sivasubramaniam Ambalavarner, a well-acclaimed legal professional in Sri Lanka at the time.

Mr. Ambalavarner was renowned as a tax consultant and commercial lawyer par excellence in South Asia.

After the untimely demise of Mr. Ambalavarner, a group of young lawyers who had devilled under him formed Varners Lanka Law Office in the late 1980s.




In 2004, the Firm was rebranded as Varners, and underwent extensive restructuring with the aim of positioning itself to meet the challenges and demands of the time.

With restructuring came expansion, recruitment, and modernisation of equipment and technology to enhance the timely and efficient provision of services to meet client demands.

Experienced lawyers, specialising in different practice areas joined the Firm as Partners.


The Practice

A progressive full service law firm.


Varners has established a reputation for providing timely and efficient legal services and has grown to be one of the largest full-service law firms in Sri Lanka.

The Firm adopts a progressive approach to work which has enabled it to provide exceptional value to clients. This allows a fresh perspective in solving the complex challenges our clients face, in an ever-evolving business landscape.

The rapidity with which Varners has reached the top ranks among the law firms in Sri Lanka, is a testament to its dynamic professionalism. We believe that a satisfied client is our best reference.

Our result-oriented approach aims to put our clients at an advantage, factoring in both legal and commercial aspects to any given issue. In a highly competitive world, the person with the strongest legal “armour” starts with an invaluable lead over his competitors.

The culture of the Firm is suited to meet the needs of both domestic as well as international clients. We have a dedicated team of lawyers and support staff focusing on our core practice areas. To serve clients effectively, a team best suited and drawn from relevant practice areas is assigned to a particular matter.

The Firm has developed strong connections with several major law firms in the region as well as beyond. We are also a member of Multilaw, which is an international professional services network of independent law firms. This enables us to meet, both domestic as well as international client requirements with a seamless legal service.

In recognition of our involvement in several recent high profile transactions and positive client feedback, we have been ranked in leading legal directories such as Chambers and Partners, and Legal 500.

Continuous professional development is a particular focus, and the Firm prides itself in being a platform for the growth of professionals on every level.



The Partners of the Firm specialise in different practice areas and possess decades of domestic and international experience.

They actively participate in public and corporate life in the country and have established strong working relationships with Government departments and regulatory bodies, professional associations and agencies, and institutions promoting and regulating foreign investments in the country.

Their extensive experiences cover a broad range of areas, including broad basing the ownership of a number of state-owned enterprises, several complex and high value mergers & acquisitions, complex finance transactions, foreign direct investment projects, large scale construction & development projects, as well as the restructuring of several leading companies in Sri Lanka.

The wealth of experience of our Partners makes the Firm sought after by both domestic and international clients.


Social Responsibility

The Firm believes that the legal profession has a greater social responsibility outside of our daily professional work. Our lawyers are encouraged to be active in social activity encompassing a wide range of work from social to sports administration.



The Firm currently operates from two locations to cater to the growing demands of its clients; with one office being situated on the 14th Floor of the World Trade Center in the heart of the Central Business District of Colombo, and the other Office being conveniently located at Bethesda Place in Colombo 05.


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