Ruwan Wathukarage

Admitted to the legal profession:        2008

Admitted as a barrister in NSW:         September 2018

Also entitled to practice in:                All Australian jurisdictions


Master of Laws, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, University of Queensland

Graduate Diploma in Applied Law, University of Queensland

Attorney at Law (Final Examination), Law College of Sri Lanka


I accept briefs in all areas of law. As a barrister, I have appeared in Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, District Court, Local Court and Federal Court. In addition to litigation, I also provide mediation and alternative dispute resolution services to clients.

Accreditations and memberships

Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS/2013)

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (AG/2009)

Practitioner member, Australian Dispute Resolution Association

Additional information

I have completed more than 3000 mediation hours as an accredited mediator in most areas of civil law and family law.


Wathukarage, Ruwan. “Independence of The Judiciary in Sri Lanka: An Institutional Analysis of Its Woes.” LAWASIA Journal, (2007): 187-209.

Principal areas of practice

Competition and Consumer Law                           Equity and Commercial Law

Building and Construction Law                              Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Labour and Employment Law                                Personal injury Law

Criminal Law & Proceeds of crime                        Insurance and reinsurance

Media and Technology Law                                   Start-up Law


Selected cases as counsel

Court of Appeal

  • Matthew Bryant Smith v Coles Supermarkets & Chandler Macleod Group Limited [2020-ongoing] NSWCA, personal injury, led by Michael Cranitch SC and Dr Simon Blount.

  • Taouk v Ho [2019] NSWCA 156, leave to appeal, building and construction dispute, led by Ian Roberts SC.

Supreme Court

  • Marketlend v Globo Hydro Power Australia Pty Ltd and others [2018-ongoing] NSWSC, breach of contract-personal guarantees, counsel for the fifth defendant. Unled.

  • Malcolm Stuart Hill by his tutor Shane Joseph Hudson v Trevor John Hill and others [2019-ongoing], NSWSC, family provisions, counsel for the plaintiff. Unled.

  • R v Kulwinder Singh [2017/2019] NSWSC, Murder, nine-week jury trial, led by Margaret Cunneen SC [Hung jury retrial in March 2020].

  • Menz v Wagga Wagga Show Society Inc (No 3) [2019] NSWSC 541, tort negligence- personal injury, led by Michael Cranitch SC and M Inglish.

District Court

  • Tara Burnie v Dr Leslie Blackstock [2018/00229812- ongoing] NSWDC, medical negligence- personal injury, counsel for the applicant led by Andrew Campbell.

  • R v Howard Rollins [2018/00279937-ongoing] NSWDC, female genital mutilation, bail application unled, jury trial in May 2020 led by Margaret Cunneen SC.

  • Matthew Bryant Smith (Plaintiff) v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd trading as Coles Distribution Centre CAN 004 189 708(defendant/cross-claimant) and Chandler Macleod Group Limited ABN 33 090 555 052(cross-defendant) 2017/116745 NSWDC, tort negligence- personal injury, counsel for the plaintiff led by Stephen L C Flett.

  • R v Reana Bidois [201900714] NSWDC, severity appeal, supply of prohibited drugs and deal with proceeds of crime. Unled.

  • China Towing Pty Ltd v Hatzipapa [2018] NSWDC 345, The case concerned a claim for money converted from a company bank account by the defendant who managed the plaintiff company’s business, led by Thomas Dixon.

  • Build Direct Global & Fuzhon Builddirect Limited v Wet Design Group Limited [2015/00303537] NSWDC, breach of contract-misleading and deceptive conduct, led by Shane Prince SC and Paul Rodionoff.

Local Court

  • WIG 2005 Pty Ltd v Joshua Peters [2017/378366] LCNSW, breach of contract-wages, led by Shane Prince SC.


Previous work experience

  • Solicitor, Zhang Partners Solicitors, Bella Vista, NSW (2017-2018).
  • Director/Mediator in chief, Beyond Resolutions Dispute Resolution Services, QLD (2013-2016).
  • Mediator/Case Manager, Relationships Australia, QLD (2009-2016).
  • Graduate Solicitor, Smith & Associates Solicitors, QLD (2008-2008).
  • Research Assistant, T.C Bernie School of Law, University of Queensland, QLD (2006-2007).







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