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Dr Karl Briffa

Tel:
Work +356 2122 8888
Email:
Web:
www.gvzh.com.mt/about-us/lawyers/karl-briffa/
GVZH Advocates

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Position

Partner

Career

Karl joined the firm as an Associate in 2008. Karl practices mainly in Industrial and Employment Law, Property and Conveyancing Law, General Civil and Commercial Law and Litigation. Most recently Karl has been actively involved in the drafting and negotiation of several operating agreements relative to the management of hotels and other leisure.

Education

Karl graduated from the University of Malta in 2003 and was called to the Bar in 2004. In that year he also completed his Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law with distinction from the University of Malta. During his Magister Juris he pursued courses in European & Comparative Business Enterprise Law, Judicial Protection in the EU, Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Legal & Policy Aspects of Communication & E-Business. Karl has also obtained a Diploma in Canonical Marriage Cases Jurisprudence and Procedure after completing a course held by the Metropolitan Tribunal of Malta in 2005 and is, therefore, qualified to assist clients throughout annulment proceedings initiated in this forum.


Malta

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The team at GVZH Advocates handles commercial disputes, insurance claims and various other civil matters. Karl Briffa, who made partner in 2018, is experienced in complex real estate disputes, and also undertakes contentious corporate and aviation sector cases . The practice is also active in aircraft and vessel arrests, unfair prejudice actions and matters involving the enforcement of arbitral awards. Senior associate Jonathan De Maria is also a key contact.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

The real estate practice at GVZH Advocates handles significant property sales and purchases, planning permit matters, real estate finance and long-term lease agreements. Highlights saw the firm draft and negotiate complex lease agreements for multi-use projects. Joseph J. Vella and Karl Briffa (the latter made partner in 2018) are recommended.

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GVZH Advocates

  • Data Protection Implications of a Bring Your Own Device Policy

    BYOD is an acronym for ‘bring your own device’ and refers to a policy which an employer may implement to regulate the use of personal devices for work-related purposes at the workplace. Such a policy would regulate how employees access privileged company information and software on their personal devices, which devices would be connected to the corporate network. An effective BYOD policy is essentially a set of rules which establishes the level of support which an IT department may provide to employee-owned devices used in the workplace, while safeguarding both employers’ and employees’ interests.
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  • Data Protection Implications of a Bring Your Own Device Policy

    BYOD is an acronym for ‘bring your own device’ and refers to a policy which an employer may implement to regulate the use of personal devices for work-related purposes at the workplace. Such a policy would regulate how employees access privileged company information and software on their personal devices, which devices would be connected to the corporate network. An effective BYOD policy is essentially a set of rules which establishes the level of support which an IT department may provide to employee-owned devices used in the workplace, while safeguarding both employers’ and employees’ interests.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.
  • Redemption of Government-owned Land held under a Title of Revisable Perpetual Emphyteusis

    On 27 th August, Legal Notice 216 of 2019 was published, which grants any person who holds a property of the Government or of the Lands Authority, under a title of revisable perpetual emphyteusis, the right to request the Authority to redeem that property at any time.
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  • Re-filing Trademarks: A Case of DĂ©jĂ  Vu?

    Trade marks give a face to a product which enable us identify a brand. As consumers, we take them for granted even though they punctuate memories of our daily lives. How many of us ever think of the creative and strategic thinking that goes into their composition? In contrast, we are more familiar with trade mark infringement. And what is breaking news are the risks of re-filing new applications for the same trade mark that should not be glossed over. 
  • ITALIAN “SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION”

  • PSD2 Implemented into Maltese Law: What now?

    On the 2 nd August 2019, Bill 89 of 2019, entitled “Various Financial Services Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019” was published in the Government Gazette to become Act XXVI of 2019. This law will effectively amend the Banking Act (Chapter 371 of the Laws of Malta) and Financial Institutions Act (Chapter 376 of the Laws of Malta), making several amendments to the text of those principal legislative instruments dealing with various elements introduced by the Second Payment Services Directive, or, as it has come to be more affectionately known, “PSD2”, as a preference to the more formal and somewhat more taxing reference: “Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market, amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2009/110/EC and 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC.”
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
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