Harshane Kahagalle

Consulting Counsel
Development and Infrastructure

Harshane believes there is much opportunity in Australia and was motivated to be part of a business that helps to remove the borders and barriers to doing business in Australia. He is also motivated by the clear vision within Australian Presence to make it easy to expand or transition a business to Australia and to successfully carry out and grow a business here.

As an adviser on some of the most significant and high profile development and infrastructure projects in Australia, his day­-to­-day work involves the removal of legal and commercial barriers to deliver on major development and business objectives.

Harshane’s expertise as a lawyer spans property and infrastructure development; mining and resources; major projects; litigation and administrative law matters (including federal, state and local government administration). He specialises in helping clients to secure necessary approvals and licences, including approvals for major projects.

Harshane is currently acting for clients in landmark major projects and in litigation on high value projects. Examples of such landmark projects include:

  • the high profile multi­-billion dollar redevelopment of the Barangaroo site in the Sydney CBD;
  • the multi­-billion dollar redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP);
  • the multi-billion dollar delivery of the WestConnex M4 East project;
  • the Masterplan for Sydney Airport.

As a litigator, he is acting for clients in a number of test cases at the cutting edge of the law in Australia. His strong litigation track record shows that he has helped clients to successfully secure and preserve billions of dollars in development rights in major project litigation.

After being admitted to legal practice, he joined Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters). He then went onto hold senior positions at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Harshane spent 5 years as a partner at Henry Davis York before joining the Addisons partnership in 2015. Having trained as an architect as well as a lawyer, he holds a deep understanding of building and development processes.

Harshane appreciates that understanding how to interface with government at all levels is a key driver for business success in Australia. He understands government well and his successful outcomes on major projects (often delivered in partnership with government) is clear evidence of this.

No project is too big or too complicated for Harshane to advise upon and guide to a successful outcome.