This blog is maintained by Mathisha Panagoda, a Senior Associate at Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers in Sydney, Australia.

Mathisha’s practice is diverse and includes insurance, personal injury, compensation, child abuse, intellectual property, media and entertainment law. Outside of the law he maintains a regular performance schedule as a cellist, founded and manages the Sydney Camerata, and teaches the cello.

He has previously served on the board of Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, volunteered as a lawyer with the Arts Law Centre of Australia and JusticeConnect, served on the Law Society of NSW‘s Diversity Committee and been a mentor for Out for Australia, Clemente Australia and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

As a musician Mathisha has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras along with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. He has attended two residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada), was a young artist with the Britten-Pears Programme (UK) and recipient of the Musica Viva Award in 2010 with his ensemble, Sydney Camerata. In 2014 Mathisha was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Awards.

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  • Master of Laws (University of Sydney) 2017
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law) 2012
  • Juris Doctor (University of Sydney) 2011
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance) (Hons) (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) 2008
  • Licentiate of Music Australia (2002)


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