Asela Wijeyaratne

Profile

Asela advises and acts in a broad range of civil and commercial matters with a particular focus on the areas listed below.

Travel Litigation and Personal Injury

Asela has extensive experience in claims arising out of overseas accidents and illness and is ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field of Travel Litigation.

He is regularly instructed in respect of claims under the Package Travel Regulations, including advising as to the applicability of the Regulations (1992 and 2018), dynamic packaging, incidents which occur in the course of excursions and evidence as to standards of care abroad.

Asela also regularly undertakes cases where issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws arise and frequently acts in claims pursued in the courts of England and Wales which are determined under foreign law. Asela has considerable expertise in claims against EU Member State public liability insurers, foreign motor insurers and against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for overseas road traffic accidents where drivers are untraced or uninsured.

Asela receives instructions pursuing and defending claims arising out of accidents and illnesses which occur in the course of air travel, in claims arising under the Warsaw Conventions and Montreal Convention. Asela has acted in claims arising from accidents and illnesses which occur at sea, including those pursued in the Admiralty Court jurisdiction and is well placed to advise on the procedural and substantive issues which are particular to such claims.

Asela also regularly advises and acts for claimants and insurers in the fields of public, employers’ and motor liability and is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field of Personal Injury. He has particular experience in claims giving rise to complex issues of medical causation and has acted both led and as sole junior in high value cases arising out of severe and catastrophic injury.

Property

Asela practice encompasses a wide range of property law, including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant and real property.  

In landlord and tenant matters, Asela also advises and acts in possession and forfeiture claims, including advising on the entitlement to possession, drafting notices and pleadings and providing representation at hearings. He also has considerable experience in claims arising out of disrepair and dilapidation. Asela recently acted for the Respondents in the Court of Appeal in Barrow v Kazim [2018] EWCA Civ 2414 which considered the definition of “landlord” under the Housing Act 1988.

Asela routinely appears in the Property Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal in service charge, right to manage and land registration disputes and advises landlords and tenants on the bringing and defending of applications and on enforcement.

In real property matters, Asela has experience in claims involving easements and covenants, nuisance and trespass, boundary disputes and adverse possession. He has also been instructed in disputed party wall matters and neighbour disputes.

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS LAW

Asela's practice covers all areas of commercial and business law, with a particular focus on cases arising out of underlying property disputes and transactions.

He has acted in cases concerning commercial contractual disputes, debt and asset recovery, agency claims and claims involving breach of fiduciary duties (particularly in relation to company directors). Asela recently acted for the Respondent in Eason v Wong (re Alpha Student) [2017] EWHC 209 (Ch), a leading case on equitable purchasers’ liens.

PUBLIC INQUIRIES AND INQUESTS

Asela is currently instructed on behalf of bereaved families in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Asela is also currently instructed (with Rupert Butler) by the estate of the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC in The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Asela recently represented a bereaved family in the inquests arising from the terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia in June 2015. He has particular expertise and experience in inquests arising out of fatal overseas accidents and incidents.

Legal Directories

Chambers and Partners 2019

  • "He's calm, approachable and provides very sound and clear advice. He cuts to the nub of matters very quickly."
  • "He's very knowledgeable, user-friendly and very commercially minded."
  • "He has very strong negotiation skills and is able to reconcile complex expert evidence and transmit information in a way that is easily understandable to lay clients."

Chambers and Partners 2018

  • 'Asela has extensive knowledge of travel litigation and marine issues. He takes a logical and methodical approach, and has a confidence in court that is effective.'
  • 'He is building a very good reputation among peers. Asela is a versatile commercial-minded advocate. He is both knowledgeable and realistic in his approach, always considering the end result.'

Chambers and Partners 2017

  • 'He has a sensible commercial view, turns papers around quickly and is beyond his years in terms of experience and effectiveness.' 
  • 'He is calm, approachable and provides sound, clear advice.'
  • 'Not only is his written work good, he can also be both mild and aggressive as an advocate.'

Chambers and Partners 2016

  • 'He is able to interpret the law easily and quickly, and explains issues in a straightforward manner.'
  • 'He is a forward-thinking barrister who is willing to approach people and good at accommodating the clients' needs.'

Chambers and Partners 2015

  • 'In court he is calm under pressure and thinks methodically; he's also very persuasive and never misses a thing.'
  • 'Young, dynamic and ambitious.'

Legal 500 (2019)

  • “He’s an exceptional junior who understands complex issues with ease and gives sound advice on liability which makes him a joy to work with”

Legal 500 (2018)

  • ‘A class act, who will be one of the stellar practitioners of the future.’

Legal 500 (2017)

  • ‘He is extremely approachable and is efficient at turning work around.’

Legal 500 (2016)

  • 'He is a skilled and measured advocate.'

Legal 500 (2015)

  • 'Very approachable, extremely good with clients and very prompt at turning work around.'

Publications

Asela is a contributor to the APIL Guide to Accidents Abroad (Jordans 2013).

Qualifications

LLM (International Law) (First Class), Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
LLB (First Class), King's College, London