Dispute resolution in Gibraltar

Hassans

Fielding a sizeable and fully English-law qualified team, Hassans is routinely engaged by a number of private individuals, blue-chip companies, financial institutions and public bodies for representation in high-profile disputes. The team acts for both claimants and defendants in cross-border commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, as well as in complex liquidations and negligence claims. Lewis Baglietto QC is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional proceedings before the domestic and European courts, most notably in the shipping sector. Daniel Feetham QC is roundly praised for his ‘exceptional’ litigation capabilities, with recent highlights in his workload including high-stakes challenges at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Gillian Guzman QC's broad expertise encompasses employment and clinical negligence, working with many of Gibraltar's foremost gaming companies and financial services institutions. Gilbert Licudi specialises in employment, trust and sport law cases, while recently promoted partner Darren Martinez is especially experienced in insolvency cases.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baglietto

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Feetham QC; Gillian Guzman QC; Gilbert Licudi; Darren Martinez; Moshe Levy

Testimonials

‘As soon as a matter of concern arises the key individuals at Hassans are available and ready to attend to the situation. There is no delay and when time is required to consider the position, the advice returns in a timely and good manner.’

‘They have extremely good interpersonal skills. As a client you always feel heard and understood. This offers a sense of being in safe and good hands. They are efficient and knowledgeable in their respective areas.’

‘Experience in relevant areas and collaboration with external counsel that has proved invaluable in cases.’

‘It is an excellent firm with a unique approach to litigation and technology.’

‘Their methodology which is basically inclusiveness working jointly as a team to ensure that our needs are met thus ensuring the best possible outcome. Stand out lawyers are Moshe Levy and Lewis Baglietto.’

‘Strong team with good understanding of international and cross-border procedure, as well as arbitration related court proceedings.’

‘We have worked with Daniel Feetham QC and Moshe Levy. Their knowledge of the issues and application of the law was exceptional.’

‘Daniel Feetham QC is extremely sharp and has an extensive understanding of the law.’

Key clients

Republic of Kazakhstan

The Swedish Club

Caterpillar Finance Services UK Ltd

The Minister for Justice

Newline Underwriting

Gefion Insurance

Motor Insurance Bureau

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gibtelecom against the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority and a telecoms services provider (Gibfibrespeed) in connection with a request for direct access to servers hosted at a data centre.
  • Acting for the Republic of Kazakhstan in relation to the registration of various costs orders of the English High Court in Gibraltar.
  • Advising two separate sets of clients on cross-border and EU law aspects of challenge to a state aid ruling.

Triay Lawyers

Fielding a seasoned team and multiple offices across the region, Triay Lawyers is ideally positioned to handle the gamut of contentious proceedings, ranging from commercial litigation to admiralty and shipping disputes. The practice regularly works on behalf of a deep roster of private clients and insurers, representing a number of local and UK-based entities in business-critical matters. Charles Simpson, in particular, is a key port of call for the firm’s high-net-worth clients, who turn to him for assistance in various family disputes. Freddie Vasquez QC is a highly experienced barrister and mediator with noted expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Simon Triay heads up the firm’s personal injury and trade mark teams, while Raymond A Triay focuses on maritime matters, including arrests and collisions.

Practice head(s):

Charles Simpson; Freddie Vasquez QC; Simon Triay; Raymond A Triay

Key clients

Grant Thornton Gibraltar

PWC

IBEX Insurance

Pukka Insurance

Barclays Bank

CHUBB

Argus Insurance

Terra Raf Trans Traiding Limited

International Franchises Limited

STM Group (IOM) Ltd

Insignia 88 & AIG Insurers of MINX

Administrators of Elite Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting for Freddie White in his capacity as liquidator of EIC Plc (Enterprise insurance Company).
  • Acting on behalf of Pukka in relation to a commercial dispute with Gefion A/S, a Danish insurer which is now in liquidation.
  • Acting on behalf of Terra Raf in relation to substantial commercial disputes.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP is regularly sought out by a range of public bodies, banks and other corporate clients for assistance in the gamut of contentious matters. Led by employment expert Samantha Grimes, the team is especially strong in insurance insolvency and liquidation cases and labour law disputes, including collective redundancy proceedings. Mark Isola QC is recognised for his capabilities in real estate and insurance cases, while James Montado‘s civil litigation practice encompasses insolvency and distributed ledger technology disputes. Neil Costa is noted for his extensive knowledge of legislative matters.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Grimes; Mark Isola QC; James Montado; Neil Costa

Testimonials

‘The team at Isolas are very approachable and “down to earth”. Whenever we have an issue over legal matters, I always feel that I can have a full and frank discussion in a relaxed atmosphere and any technical issues are always fully explained simply and effectively.’

‘Whoever I go to for any legal issues, I always feel that I will get the best possible advice and expertise. I have always found the engagement to be of a high standard and they always respond promptly and meet our deadline requirements.’

‘Always willing to go the extra mile including offering value added services e.g. training to staff members on a pro-bono basis and hotline for general queries.’

‘James Montado is always available to discuss matters and practical when giving advice which is tailored to our needs.’

‘We have a very close professional relationship with the team and their inside knowledge of our organisation is excellent. Therefore, when asked to assist they can provide professional advice within a short period of time.’

‘Very professional and they relay confidence and trust. We have a very close working relationship and can call, email them at any time for advice, and they are always there.’

Key clients

Prometheus Insurance Company Limited (in Administration)

MH Bland

LAMP Insurance Company Limited (in liquidation)

Financial Services Commission

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar – Director of Employment

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar – the Chief Secretary of Gibraltar

Work highlights

  • Representing the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission before the Court of Appeal.
  • Provided full legal services to the Director of Employment and the Department of Employment, and representation in litigious matters.
  • Retained to place Prometheus Insurance Company Limited into administration and to act for the administrator.

Signature Litigation LLP

Leveraging its international footprint, Signature Litigation LLP's boutique practice regularly handles both domestic and cross-border commercial disputes for a diverse roster of clients in the technology, telecoms, gaming, finance and real estate sectors. In addition to commercial litigation, the team is capable in regulatory and insolvency proceedings, and increasingly, in international arbitration. Dual-qualified (in Gibraltar and England and Wales) barrister and practice head Elliott Phillips boasts niche expertise in contentious trust disputes, often appearing before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council. Simon Everington is noted for his capabilities in private wealth disputes, and in multi-jurisdictional trust and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Simon Everington

Testimonials

Signature are superbly positioned at the intersection of public and commercial law and have particular expertise in areas which straddle both, such as regulatory disputes. They have deep local knowledge but also have wide international experience and connections which makes them ideal for multi-forum disputes.’

‘Elliott Phillips is always very responsive, helpful, efficient and personable.’

‘Elliott Phillips, with his vast knowledge and experience across an array of different areas, is the stand-out practitioner in a hugely talented team.’

‘Signature’s Gibraltar practice differs from other firms on the Rock in that it forms part of Signature’s wider London-based litigation boutique. It is headed up by Elliott Phillips who is a long established and highly effective commercial litigator in Gibraltar.’

‘Elliott Phillips has acted in some of the highest profile cases in Gibraltar over the years and is a heavyweight in dispute resolution there. I have worked with him in a number of commercial cases over the years and he has always steered clients to the best outcome for them and represented a formidable opponent to those on the other side. It is impossible to better Elliott’s knowledge and understanding of the jurisdiction, having served as a Gibraltar MP and, at one time, held the shadow Minister of Justice brief. I would regard him as a first point of contact for any significant commercial dispute there.’

‘Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar.’

‘The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.’

‘Elliott Phillips is an accomplished litigator, highly experienced, obviously knows his stuff and great to have on your side.’

Key clients

GibFibre Limited

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

BWIN GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited

EIG Services Limited (In Liquidation)

Fidux Trust Company

Capital Growth Limited

GVC Holdings

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented GibFibre Limited in a dispute against Gibtelecom regarding the denial by Gibtelecom of GibFibre Limited’s request for access to a data centre.
  • Representing GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited (formerly Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc) in a dispute against Emerald Bay Limited and others.
  • Successfully represented the second and fourth defendants in a complex Supreme Court case brought by a beneficiary of the Cerise Trust, a Guernsey law trust.