Brian Silva

I lead the William Roberts’ Melbourne office. I regularly advise on matters in:

  • Building & construction litigation - particularly home warranty insurance (claims and recoveries), contract works insurance (claims and recoveries) and large defect litigation;
  • Simple and complex property damage claims and recoveries;
  • Life Insurance;
  • Dual insurance;
  • Subrogated recoveries, including claims against developers, engineers, architects and certifiers;
  • Indemnity disputes;
  • Recoveries under deeds of indemnity and guarantees;
  • Policy coverage and construction;
  • Mortgage recoveries; and
  • A vast array of general commercial litigation.

Who I work with and what I do

I enjoy transparently and collaboratively working with insurer and corporate clients to bring a savvy, pro-active approach to litigation focusing on early resolution and commercial outcomes. I have extensive experience in dispute resolution, having appeared in many mediations, pre-hearing conferences, conciliations, compulsory conferences and other alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.

I have presented a number of papers to insurers and self-insurers and run training seminars, addressing insurance law and building & construction law topics.

Where I studied

I have a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media from the Macquarie University.

What I like to do

I enjoy spending my spare time with my wife and our bulldog Ruby, and the occasional glass of whisky.