Chevan Ilangaratne (Pupil)
Chevan began a specialist Employment Law and Personal Injury Law Pupillage in October 2021 under the supervision of Colin Baran (Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence/Employment) and Elizabeth Hodgetts (Employment). He begins his Second Six in April 2022, and will be undertaking his own work, specialising in PI and Employment. He accepts instructions to draft pleadings, Schedules of Loss, and to advise in writing and in conference, in addition to undertaking advocacy in the civil courts and Employment Tribunals.
Before coming to the Bar, Chevan worked in a number of legal charities providing advocacy and advisory services in areas including disability rights, whistleblowing, and children’s rights. Chevan helped represent children in school exclusion hearings; advised on the Human Rights Act 1998 and Covid-19 regulations; acquired expertise in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and worked on public law appeals before the European Court of Human Rights and Supreme Court of Canada.
As a Legal Adviser at the whistleblowing charity Protect, Chevan advised workers in the public, private and third sector on the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, and prepared training materials for various employers on implementing appropriate ‘speak up’ arrangements. He conducted research for Protect’s third-party intervention in the Court of Appeal case of Gilham v MoJ  EWCA Civ 2220, and subsequently its successful intervention in the Supreme Court (Gilham v MoJ  UKSC 44).
Chevan undertook an LLM at the University of Cambridge, covering, among other areas, medical law with a module on clinical negligence; international human rights law; and data protection law.
Away from work, Chevan maintains a strong interest in cricket owing to his Sri Lankan and Yorkshire roots, frequently visiting the latter to see friends and family. He has also had the good fortune to live and work in Budapest, Hungary, and Toronto, Canada … so no longer complains about cold weather in the UK!
Appointments and Memberships
Protect’s Legal Support Network
Middle Temple Harold G Fox Scholar
Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning Scholar (including Accommodation Award)