Brian Silva

I lead the Insurance team, splitting my time between our Sydney and Melbourne offices. I regularly advise on matters in:

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

Who I work with and what I do
I enjoy transparently and collaboratively working with clients to bring a savvy, pro-active approach to litigation focusing on early resolution and commercial outcomes. I have extensive experience in dispute resolution, and experience litigating across every state and territory in Australia. If  a matter cannot be resolved, I  strive to obtain the best outcome for our clients as evidence in multiple published and unpublished decisions. I have appeared in many mediations, pre-hearing conferences, conciliations, compulsory conferences and other alternate dispute resolution mechanisms.

I regularly present papers to insurers and self-insurers and run training seminars, addressing insurance law and building & construction law topics. My team and I strive to be the first point of call for any questions or assistance our clients need.

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, young son and our bulldog Ruby, and the occasional glass of whisky.