British-based specialist media law firm Wiggin & Co is bolstering its media litigation team with the recruitment of TV and media lawyer Amali de Silva.

British-based specialist media law firm Wiggin & Co is bolstering its media litigation team with the recruitment of TV and media lawyer Amali de Silva. De Silva joins the firm as a senior assistant from rival Olswang, where she acted for a variety of media clients including national terrestrial TV networks Channel 4 and Five.

Both broadcasters have endorsed Wiggin's new recruit and will continue to work with her. "I believe Amali's no-stone-unturned, yet practical approach to litigation married with Wiggin & Co's client focused, commercial can-do spirit will make an excellent partnership," comments Paul Chinnery, head of legal and regulatory compliance at Five.

Jan Tomalin, controller of legal & compliance at Channel 4 describes Wiggin's new appointee as "a tough litigator -- an iron hand in a velvet glove -- who you want to have on your side."

Based in London, de Silva reports to Wiggin head of litigation Caroline Kean.

Established in 1973, Wiggin & Co has represented the British Phonographic Industry in its high-profile action against uploaders of sound recordings on peer-to-peer filesharing networks. The firm instructed in the 2003 claim against EasyInternet Café and the cases against CD WOW! and Play.com online retail services.

In recent months, the law firm has strengthened its music department with the high-profile appointment of Alexander Ross as partner and Neil Parkes as senior assistant.