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OUR TEAM 2018-05-13T13:31:16+00:00

SULAIKA DHANAPALA

Principal

Barrister, Solicitor and Migration Consultant
(Migration Agent No. 0210877)

Workplace Assessor & Trainer

Sulaika Dhanapala was admitted into practice in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1985. In 2001 Sulaika was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and has been practising as a solicitor in Australia ever since.

Sulaika has also been a law lecturer at University of Ballarat and Victoria University and the Principal Solicitor at the Central Highlands Legal Centre and the Whittlesea Community Legal Centre.

In 1997 Sulaika played a leading role in establishing NESB LINKS, a community organisation which creates an atmosphere of belonging for Ballarat’s migrant community.

She has also played a vital role in the establishment of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council since 1999, raising community awareness to the issues which face migrants.

All her voluntary work has seen her recognised as an integral part of the Ballarat community and as a result has been awarded the following prestigious awards.

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AWARDS

2001 – Rural Women’s Leadership Award by the Department of Women’s Affairs
2005 – Award for Service Delivery to Multicultural Community (Community Service), by the Victoria Multicultural Commission
2008 – Award for Service Delivery to Multicultural Community (Community Service), by the Victoria Multicultural Commission

Sulaika was also one of the short listed nominees for the Human Rights Award in 2005 for her services to the refugees.

SULAIKA HAS ALSO HELD THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Founder & Chairperson
– NESB Links – 1998 – 2002, 2006 – to date

Chairperson
– Ballarat Regional multicultural Council – 2002 – 2005

Deputy Chairwoman
– The Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition – 2007-2008

Chairperson
– Ballarat Refugee Support Service Network – 2005 – 2010

SAMITA DHANAPALA

Lawyer

Samita was admitted to practice in 2017 after completing Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at Victoria University in 2015.

Since joining D & M Lawyers, Samita has practiced exclusively in Family Law. She has experience in various areas including parenting, property and intervention orders. She also regularly volunteers as a lawyer at the Whittlesea Community Legal Service.

Samita has an empathetic approach and is focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients, placing a significant emphasis on negotiated resolutions.

SHEHAN DHANAPALA

Trainee Lawyer

Shehan is a law graduate at D & M Lawyers. In 2017 he completed his Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations at Latrobe University. He will be admitted into practice in 2019, upon completion of his practical training with D & M Lawyers.

Shehan has worked in several roles at D & M Lawyers, including paralegal, before commencing his position as a Graduate Lawyer.

Shehan is passionate about combining his legal knowledge with his desire to help the community.

ANUSHKA PYALANDA

Office Manager

Anushka is a graduate of Monash University and is your go to person for all things related to HR, Marketing and community initiatives. Anushka is passionate about bringing the human element to legal matters and making the legal process less stressful and more accessible for our clients.

She is currently on long service leave and all enquires can be directed to admin@dandmlawyers.com.au in her absence.