Brian Silva

Brian heads our Melbourne office. He is an experienced litigator with extensive experience in insurance litigation (general and life), building and construction (disputes) and general commercial litigation.

Brian regularly acts and advises on:

  • Building & construction litigation - particularly home warranty insurance (claims and recoveries), contract works insurance (claims and recoveries), large defect litigation and SOPA matters;
  • 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.

Brian enjoys transparently and collaboratively working with clients to bring a savvy, pro-active approach to litigation focusing on early resolution and commercial outcomes. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, having appeared in many mediations, pre-hearing conferences, conciliations, compulsory conferences and other alternate dispute resolution mechanisms. When required, he has substantial experience successfully litigating matters to hearing across a range of jurisdictions.

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