Chevan Ilangaratne
Chevan Ilangaratne


Chevan Ilangaratne is a specialist Employment Law and Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Law Practitioner, having completed a Pupillage solely in these areas of law under the supervision of Colin Baran and Elizabeth Hodgetts. He subsequently joined Chambers as a Tenant in October 2022.

Before coming to the Bar, Chevan worked in a number of legal charities providing advocacy and advisory services in areas including whistleblowing law, disability rights, and children’s rights.

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 [2017] EWCA Civ 2220, and subsequently its successful intervention in the Supreme Court (Gilham v MoJ [2019] UKSC 44).

In other legal charity work, Chevan helped represent children in school exclusion hearings; advised members of the public on the Human Rights Act 1998 and Covid-19 regulations; and helped draft appeals before the European Court of Human Rights using his knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Having spent six months working for a boutique law firm in Canada as part of Middle Temple’s Harold G Fox Scholarship, Chevan got exposure to another jurisdiction, and worked on public law appeals concerning cutting edge human rights issues before Supreme Court of Canada.

Chevan also holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge, having specialised in medical law, data protection law, and human rights.

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!

Employment Law

Chevan has developed considerable experience in employment law, having represented both claimants and respondents in a number of preliminary and final hearings in the ET, as well as in judicial mediation hearings. He also brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 having worked for a whistleblowing charity as a Legal Adviser. Notable employment law work includes:

  • Assisting a senior member of Chambers with drafting a Skeleton Argument for the successful Respondent in a landmark s.100 ERA case concerning Covid-19 in the Court of Appeal: Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1659.
  • Successfully representing the Respondent, a local authority, in a two-day final hearing where a claim of disability discrimination was dismissed.
  • Representing a Claimant in a three-day final hearing, where the ET found the Claimant’s redundancy dismissal was unfair. After the case, the Employment Judge (sitting in Watford) gave feedback to Chevan’s (then) Pupil Supervisors saying he and other non-legal panel members were “impressed” by Chevan’s advocacy.
  • Representing the Respondent, a small business, in two-day final hearing relating to disability discrimination. Following the hearing, Chevan’s instructing solicitor emailed Chambers saying:

 “I have been in employment practice since 2009, so have had a lot of experience instructing Counsel. I wanted to send this email, particularly given Chevan is a pupil and picked this up for us only at the end of last week, as I feel it is important to feedback how remarkable he has been. I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending him and instructing himself ourselves again”.

  • Representing one of the Respondents (of three), a multinational telecommunications company, in a two-day Open Preliminary Hearing concerning various jurisdictional points – including time, and whether the claims ought to be struck out. Judgment has been reserved.
  • Representing three (out of over a thousand) Claimants at a preliminary hearing in a class action against an international transportation company. This matter concerned compensation sought in light of the said Claimants having secured ‘worker’ status (the case has now been listed for a final hearing). Chevan represented these Claimants in a hearing alongside a leading employment KC, and several senior junior Employment Barristers.
  • Drafting pleadings, and witness statements, for the Respondent, a local authority, in a complex and high-value whistleblowing case where there are numerous allegations of detrimental treatment due to whistleblowing. Chevan also represented the Respondent in Judicial Mediation in this matter.

In addition to the above, Chevan has advised countless employees and employers in writing on various aspects of discrimination law, whistleblowing law, unfair dismissal, personal injury in the workplace, TUPE, holiday and sick pay, and breach of contract.

Personal Injury/ Clinical Negligence

Chevan also maintains a busy Personal Injury practice having specialised in this area during Pupillage. Chevan has represented clients in a number of small claims and fast track trials relating to personal injury. He has also acted in Stage 3 Hearings for both Claimants and Defendants and Infant Approval Settlement Hearings. In addition, he has also drafted pleadings and advice on liability and quantum in various Personal Injury matters, including complex cases concerning loss of earnings, drawing on his employment law knowledge to assist him.

He has also represented both Claimants and Defendants in a number of Credit Hire cases (both small claim and fast track trials) and is well-versed in the law relating to this area, including recent developments in case-law.

Chevan is available to take on instructions in all matters relating to clinical negligence, having undertaken a specialist Pupillage in this area.


BPTC – BPP Holborn (Very Competent)
LLM, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (1st Class results in International Human Rights Law and Law and Information)
LLB, University of Leeds (1st Class)

Appointments and Memberships

Protects Legal Support Network

Middle Temple Harold G Fox Scholar

Lincolns Inn Lord Denning Scholar (including Accommodation Award)



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