Kanaga Dharmananda SC


Admitted:  1989
WABA Member:   2006
Silk:   2010

Level 36, Exchange Tower
2 The Esplanade
Perth WA 6000

T   +61 8 9460 5299

M   0424 509 581

E  skd@quaysidechambers.com


Personal assistant:
Frida Barbas

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Kanaga Dharmananda has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with emphasis on resources, finance, projects, and insolvency matters. His practice covers schemes of arrangement, company law including directors’ duties, access and pricing disputes, and international investments. He has acted as counsel in a wide range of high profile and high value commercial disputes in Court, on appeal, and in arbitrations in Australia and abroad. 

He began his career at Mallesons in Perth and Sydney. Before the bar, Kanaga was a partner at Corrs, Counsel with Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo, and Counsel with the United Nations in Geneva. In these roles, and in leading firms in Asia, he worked on corporate, resources, and arbitration matters. 

His practice as Senior Counsel spans a broad area of work including from the mining, energy, and commodities industries. He has acted in arbitrations in, and outside, Australia, including disputes (ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC rules) arising from projects in Australia, the Indian subcontinent, South East and North Asia, and Africa. He accepts appointments as arbitrator, having been appointed under SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. He acts as mediator or expert. On top of his practice in Australia, he is a member of Fountain Court Chambers which has chambers in Singapore and London. 

He has been published in the areas of contract, equity, and arbitration including as editor of Long Term Contracts and as co-author of A Practical Guide to Investment Treaties – Asia Pacific (Lexis Nexis)

Kanaga is a Visiting Fellow at the UWA Law School, teaching International Commercial Arbitration.  He is a founding director of the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration. 

He has degrees from UWA - B. Juris (Hons), LLB (Hons); Oxford University -  BCL (with First Class Honours and the Rupert Cross Prize), and Harvard Law School - LLM.


Banking & Financial Services  
Commercial Law  
|  Company Law
Construction & Projects  
Insolvency & Reconstruction
Mining & Energy Law
|  Oil & Gas
Regulatory Law & Investigations
Trade Practices & Competition Law


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