Izabella de Silva was admitted as a barrister to the English Bar in 1970. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor to the Malaysian Bar in 1979 and in 1991 was admitted as an advocate and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Singapore.
She is an experienced litigator and has had the conduct of several arbitrations and a variety of Court litigation cases particularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court in Malaysia, 22 of the cases in which she represented Banks, Corporations, Liquidators and Receivers and which she conducted in these Courts have been cited as authorities in the Malaysian Law Reports.
Her area of expertise lies in Corporate Insolvency which includes advice to Receivers and Managers and Liquidators on the conduct of receiverships and Liquidation of companies, she is also known for her skill in conducting litigation in this field as well as in rescue schemes of companies. It is in this field that her economics, accountancy and taxation background has been of great benefit.
Apart from corporate litigation, she also has experience in building contract and commercial litigation (including commercial frauds), trusts and estates, bank foreclosures, insurance and banking matters as well as personal disputes and a variety of joint ventures, transfers of technology and other commercial matters.
She was involved in drafting amendments to the Finance Acts and the Companies Act in London in 1970’s and in formulating drafts of various Acts, Bills and Subsidiary Legislation in Malaysia in 1980’s.
She has presented papers at a conference in Singapore on Energy Law – the Malaysian perspective, and in Kuala Lumpur on the Law of Contract.
She was a founder partner of the Firm and retired in May 2002 and is presently a consultant of the Firm.