Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • Builders Warranty
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Plumbers Liability
  • Arson and Fraud
  • Recoveries and Bankruptcy

Devinda Jayatilake

Special Counsel LLB, BCom

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7332

Devinda specialises in insurance law and litigation, with a strong focus on matters involving loss and damage arising in construction industry situations. This includes matters arising either during the performance of the works or after completion plus construction-related property damage claims. He is also experienced in public liability, property and recoveries claims.

Devinda has developed niche expertise in handling claims connected to the compulsory plumbing insurance scheme in Victoria. His experience in the area of plumbers liability includes acting for several of the insurers involved in that scheme at claim, litigation and/or recovery stages, handling a number of complicated claims involving multiple parties / multiple insurers, advising senior management on issues relating to underwriting and risk as well as developing strategies with senior management for claims handling and recoveries.

In addition, Devinda has significant experience in conducting complex multi-party proceedings involving solvent and insolvent entities with diverse operations (ranging from simple automobile workshops to large scale manufacturing plant and buildings). He has been involved at all stages of many such claims, from liaising and managing an insured’s risk following an event to defending claims and prosecuting subrogated recoveries.

Devinda regularly appears in Victorian, NSW and federal tribunals and courts. This includes the Civil Claims, Domestic Building, Real Property, Retail Tenancies and General Lists of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

He frequently presents seminars and training to claims staff in relation to recent legal developments and issues concerning claims handling.

Professional Membership

  • Law Institute of Victoria