D Shanmuganathan (Sean) is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights Audience) and Accredited Mediator. He qualified as a Solicitor in December 2005 and joined Tyrer Roxburgh Solicitors in March 2008 before becoming a Partner in 2011. He has been practicing law since 1990 and was initially practicing at the Madras High Court (India) for nearly six years before embarking on his mission to complete 2 more Post-graduate Degrees from Aberystwyth University in Law.

Sean is highly qualified and has the following academic Degrees: B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B., LL.M., and a Ph.D. He has extensive experience in all areas of housing issues including possession proceedings, eviction (bailiff notice), disrepair, transfer, homeless, harassment, unlawful/illegal eviction and rent deposit issues. He acts for Local Authority, Housing associations and private landlords & tenants.

Before joining Tyrer Roxburgh he gained experience at one of the largest legal practices, Duncan Lewis Solicitors as a Housing Paralegal. Sean has higher rights of audience and undertakes all his own advocacy in his cases.

Sean is committed to helping access to justice and will regularly provide legal advice on the housing duty schemes at Barnet and Edmonton County Courts and for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

One of Sean’s hobbies has been to publish scholarly articles in various Law Journals on the subjects of Environmental Law, Public Law and International Law.

  • Shanmuganathan, D & Warren L.M “Case Law Analysis: Status of Sustainable Development as a Principle of National and International Law: The Indian Approach” (1997) 9 Journal of Environmental Law 387-402
  • Shanmuganathan, D “Judicial Activism or Constitutional Obligation: Study of the Indian Supreme Court’s Guidance for Standards in Public Life” (2000) 27 Journal of Malaysian & Comparative Law 103
  • Shanmuganathan, D. “Fiat justitia, ruat coelum: Is the International Court of Justice aware of this? “2001 (34) Amicus Curiae 20
  • Shanmuganathan, D. “Parliamentary privilege in India” 2000 (30) Amicus Curiae 9

Sean’s reported cases

Rouse Tout a Tout v London Borough of Haringey [2012] EWHC 873 (Admin)
Ikpowonba v Haringey LBC [2011] EWCA Civ 1302
London Borough of Hamlets v Abdullah Al Ahmed [2019] EWHC 749 (QB)

International Arbitration

Wilmar Sugars PTE Ltd v Sudalagunta Sugars (ARB 169)
Sean acted for the Respondent, Indian Sugar Company in London

Foreign Judgement Enforcement

Evergreen Sea Foods Private Limited v Ruskim Sea Foods Limited and 3 others FJ193/17
Sean acted for the judgement creditor to enforce an Indian Judgement in England

International Child Abduction

Sean acted for the respondent/mother, who successfully took her daughter back to India.
Sean’s father persuaded him to become a lawyer in order to conduct their land/property disputes at Madras High Court. They were reported as:  Dharmaraja Vellalar vs Ramachandra Vellalar And Ors. (1993) 1 Madras Law Journal 426; and C Dharamaraja Vellalar VS. Ramachandra Vellalar LAWS(MAD)-1996-7-131 High Court Of Madras