The Association of Sri Lankan Lawyers in the UK held its Annual General Meeting on 7th June 2014 at Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. London, WC2A 3LJ.
Following registration and coffee Mr. Harendra De Silva QC, the president of ASLLUK welcomed the members and guests. In the morning, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session of two hours for solicitors and barristers was held. Executive Committee member and solicitor Mr. Ariya Sriharan spoke on ‘The Establishment and Origins of ASLLUK’ while Mr. Lee Karu QC, Vice-President and Mr. Asela Wijeyaratne, barrister and the Deputy Secretary spoke on ‘Access and Diversity in the Legal Profession and Judiciary’ followed by discussion and questions.
Delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch was served by Gaz and his team of Saffron LK.
AGM commenced at 2.00 PM. It was graced by his Excellency Dr. Chris Nonis, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka and Mr. Neville De Silva, the Deputy High Commissioner.
Miss. Surya Samaraweera presented the General Secretary’s Annual report and the Treasurer’s report was followed by Mr. Selvanayagam Sathananthan.
Office bearers elected for the year 2014/2015 are:
Mr. Harendra de Silva QC – President
Mr. Lee Karu QC and Mr. Fritz Kodagoda -Vice-Presidents
Miss. Surya Samaraweera – General Secretary
Mr. Asela Wijeyaratne – Deputy Secretary
Mr. Selva Sathanandan – Treasurer
Mr. Shaun Neville – Deputy Treasurer
Mr. Abul Hassan- Chairman of the Executive Committee
Mr. Wasantha Tennakoon- Chief Organiser
Mr. Anura Hegoda – Editor
Executive Committee Members
Mr. Lalith De Kauwe, Mr. Mano Gajendra, Mr. Daminda K. G. Goonetillake, Mr. Mohamed Reeza Hameed, Mr. Upali Jayatilaka, Mrs. Manjula Patrick Jekody, Mr. Harshaka Kannangara
Mr. Sam Methuen, Mr. Stanley Obeysekara, Mr. Shanthi Senadheera, Mr. Dinu Senadheera, Mrs. Thilini Senadheera, Mr. Janaka Siriwardene, Mr. Ariya Sriharan
The Association of Sri-Lankan Lawyers is actively and continuously engaged in resolving issues concerning solicitors, barristers and law students, safeguarding and preserving human rights, bringing about peace and reconciliation amongst communities, providing scholarships to underprivileged students at the Sri-Lanka Law College, donating law books to public libraries, assisting legal aid centres in Sri Lanka and contributing to numerous charitable activities.