Dispute resolution in Gibraltar

Hassans

Hassans fields an outstanding team, with a number of experienced litigators whose combined expertise covers all areas of practice. Lewis Baglietto QC, who leads the group, focuses on international commercial disputes, maritime law and administrative law; he has a track record of being involved in many of the jurisdiction's largest and most important disputes.  Employment, child care and clinical negligence disputes are handled by Gillian Guzman QC. At associate level, Darren Martinez advises on insolvency and construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Baglietto QC

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Guzman QC; Daniel Feetham; Darren Martinez; Moshe Levy; Claire Pizzarello

Testimonials

‘Daniel Feetham QC – very knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘Lewis Baglietto is excellent.’

‘Variety of experience in financial services, insurance in particular at associate and partner level. Very accessible and offer pragmatic advice. Always at the other end of the phone.’

‘Darren Martinez – a valued part of the team and a great support to partner Daniel Feetham QC. He is fully informed of matters and easily accessible.’

‘Hassans is the premier litigation firm in Gibraltar, it handles the biggest-ticket litigation in the jurisdiction. You will either be instructing them or they will be your opponents – much better to be in the former position.’

‘Moshe Levy is an associate with day to day carriage of many of the biggest ticket trust litigation matters in the firm. He is excellent, enormously energetic, creative and driven to advance the client’s interests. He is a future leader of the firm and probably a future Chief Justice. Best to have him in your corner.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Scandinavian company in the first case in Gibraltar involving the administration of a Gibraltar protected cell company under the Protected Cell Companies Act.
  • Acting for an insurance company seeking to be placed into Administration by the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for a liquidator in claims against ex-directors for breach of fiduciary duty.

Triay Lawyers

Triay Lawyers has a market-leading litigation practice, which frequently represents international clients before the Supreme Court and Privy Council. The group handles civil, criminal and administrative litigation, and has expertise in a number of industry sectors. Charles Simpson, Simon Triay and Freddie Vasquez QC are the names to note.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP advises on the full range on disputes, though the team is held in particularly high regard for employment and insolvency disputes and cases relating to the cryptocurrency sector. Mark Isola QC leads the practice and is recommended for property disputes involving landlord and tenants, while James Montado 'just gets everything right' in contentious trusts and insolvency matters. The firm strengthened further in 2020 with the arrival of Neil Costa, who has returned to legal practice after serving as Minister for Health, Care and Justice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC

Other key lawyers:

James Montado; Samantha Grimes; Neil Costa

Testimonials

‘James Montado, recently made a partner, is a highly experienced and skilful litigator across a wide range of fields. Very highly recommended for his excellent judgement and common sense.’

‘James Montado just gets everything right, first time, every time. ’

‘Experts in the field of financial services and ready to go above and beyond. They are pragmatic and seek to find practical solutions with our best interests at heart.’

‘James Montado is a great sounding board and advisor. He is always willing to help and provides good value for money. He is dedicated to his work and ensuring that we get the support we need. Breadth of experience in different areas of law such as financial services, insurance and insolvency.’

‘It is a particular satisfaction that a client can rely on a senior partner such as James Montado to be available at a moment’s notice to provide advice and support to the firm. Having worked with the firm for this length of time it is comforting to have this support and James’ in-depth knowledge of the firm and its culture which makes seeking advice easier in the sense that James knows exactly where to pitch this.’

Key clients

LAMP Insurance Company Limited (in liquidation)

Ministry of Defence and Gibraltar Defence Police

Gibraltar Police Federation

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Jyske Bank

MH Bland Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Representing LAMP Insurance Company Limited in liquidation proceedings.
  • Representing Jyske Bank in respect of a dishonest assistance/knowing receipt claim brought against the Bank by customers of the Danish parent company.
  • Representing the Ministry of Defence and Gibraltar Defence Police in a number of litigious employment claims brought under the Equal Opportunities Act.

Signature Litigation LLP

With offices in both London and Gibraltar,  dispute boutique Signature Litigation LLP is able to advise both local clients and international businesses on commercial disputes and regulatory issues. The group is also active in several other areas, such as contentious trusts and private wealth. Elliott Phillips leads the team and handles a range of disputes including those relating to asset tracing and civil fraud. Steven de Lara left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Ligia Bob

Testimonials

‘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 – senior partner – is himself an accomplished litigator, highly experienced, knowledgeable and great to have on your side. Associate Ligia Bob is everything you want – very smart, quick and super efficient.’

Key clients

GibFibre Limited

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

BWIN GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited

EIG Services Limited (In Liquidation) (“EIG”) a sister company of Enterprise Insurance Company Plc (In Liquidation) (“EIC”)

Fidux Trust Company

Capital Growth Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented GibFibre Limited (a privately-owned broadband operator) in a dispute against Gibtelecom (a wholly owned government company and incumbent telecoms operator in Gibraltar) regarding the denial by Gibtelecom of GibFibre Limited’s request for access to a data centre owned by Gibtelecom.
  • Representing GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited (formerly Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc) in a  £50m  dispute against Emerald Bay Limited, Ruth Parasol, James Russell Deleon and others.

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

TSN Barristers & Solicitors has a complete dispute resolution offering, handling not only commercial litigation and arbitration, but also trust disputes, asset tracing, construction and admiralty issues. The firm's barristers, most notably Guy Stagnetto QCKeith Azopardi QC and James Neish QC, represent clients at all levels from local courts and tribunals to before the Privy Council in London.