Shanaka accepts briefs in all areas of the law, and works in both civil and criminal law. Since being called to the Bar, he has worked alongside highly regarded Senior Counsel and barristers in complex litigation.
Shanaka has acquired considerable international experience, both academically and as a solicitor in Sydney and London. Commencing his legal career as a trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London, he practised in the financial services, corporate, litigation and employment departments and was seconded to the competition law practice group of the firm’s office in Brussels, and to a major multi-national corporation to it assist with its compliance with significant UK legislation.
Upon his return to Australia, Shanaka gained valuable legal experience as Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice McColl AO of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and to the Honourable Justice Robb of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He later joined the commercial disputes group at Henry Davis York, where he practised as a solicitor, advising and acting in a broad range of commercial matters.
Shanaka holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Law (with First Class Honours) from the University of Oxford, where he was a Broughton-Forrest Exhibitioner. He was School Captain and Dux at The King’s School.