Dispute resolution in Malta

Camilleri Preziosi

Camilleri Preziosi provides a ‘consistently top service‘ to a roster of notable clients. Alongside its traditional mainstays of corporate and commercial disputes, the firm is increasingly handling construction arbitration and administrative law matters, as well as cases connected with employment, competition, tax and insurance. This breadth is reflected in team lead Marisa Vella‘s practice, which ranges from defending minority rights to acting in various damages claims. According to one client, the group’s ‘senior associates are already operating at partner level‘; Kristina Rapa Manché‘s recent promotion illustrates this.

Practice head(s):

Marisa Vella

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Rapa Manché

Testimonials

‘CP have a level headed and highly professional approach to litigation: dispute resolution is always at the top of the agenda and litigation a last resort. This is in contrast to the majority of firms where aggressive litigation is often encouraged. In terms of strategy, this means litigation has evolved from a position of level headed and reasonable interaction and not from an often irresistible emotional knee jerk reaction.’

‘Professionalism, integrity, technical expertise.’

‘In-depth analyses evolved with attention to detail and background research prior to discussing with client.’

‘Marisa Vella provides an excellent service, assisting clients through the procedures including regular briefing and discussion meetings prior to hearings.’

‘ Consistently top service from them.’

‘The firm’s , and mostly the partners’, commitment to the client’s requirements is fantastic. Timely and effective interventions when required and massive effort provided to ensure client interests are adequately safeguarded.’

‘Client-centric approach, quick replies on complex issues, clear feedback.’

‘The senior associates are already operating at partner level, making their services extremely professional.’

Key clients

Peninsula Holdings plc

Tarkett Holding GmbH

MMGH Limited

FIMBank plc

John G. Cassar Limited

Alf Mizzi & Sons (Marketing) Limited

Bank of Valletta plc

Grand Harbour Marina plc

Falzon Group of Companies

Attard & Co Group of Companies

Deutsche Lufthansa

Autosales Limited

United Group of Companies

St. George’s Park Limited

Hili Group of Companies

Plaza Centres plc

Melita plc

Airmalta plc

Mizzi Associated Enterprises

Aqubix Limited

SD Holdings

Moving Ads

De La Rue Currency & Security Services Limited

Arkadia (Marketing) Limited

Credence Corporate Advisory Services

Lombard Bank Malta p.l.c.

The Edible Oil Refining Company Limited

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

At Fenech & Fenech Advocates, ‘every member of the team is a specialist in their area‘; the firm is thus able to handle the most complex cases in any given field. Nicolai Vella Falzon leads on corporate and commercial disputes, while Ann Fenech heads up the marine litigation department. Paul Gonzi, who regularly acts on cross-border restructurings and redundancies, is singled out by one client as ‘the best employment lawyer in Malta‘. On the TMT and IP side, Antonio Ghio is ‘truly an asset‘. Edward DeBono oversees general litigation work. At senior associate level, Carl Grech is recommended. 

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Vella Falzon; Antonio Ghio; Paul Gonzi; Edward DeBono; Ann Fenech

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Attard; Deo Falzon; Carl Grech

Testimonials

‘Care for detail, sound advice.’

‘The three lawyers who assisted us were highly knowledgeable, strategic thinkers and committed to the case.’

‘The team is very competent and possesses very valid and proficient knowledge in various areas of different specialisations. Each and every member of the team is a specialist in their area and they are all very diligent and dedicated members. The level of professionalism can be found in each member of the team. It has been truly a joy to deal with all of them.’

‘Paul Gonzi is, I believe, the best employment lawyer in Malta. Very proficient in his area and provides practical and very valid advice on each and every employment law matter. He is a great person to deal with and very committed to his work. He makes himself available whenever an issue comes up and is extremely good at arguing the client’s case even in court and tribunal. Paul is truly an asset. Antonio Ghio is extremely competent in his areas of TMT, gaming and privacy. He provides practical advice which businesses can actually make use of and incorporate in their daily processes. He is very dedicated and extremely knowledgeable, rendering him one of the best professionals in TMT in Malta. Antonio is also truly an asset to have providing advice.’

‘We work with Deo Falzon, who handles our litigious matters and have always found him to be thoroughly efficient and readily available for urgent consultation and advice.’

‘We found in Fenech & Fenech a team of specialists, namely Antonio Ghio and Deo Falzon, who were not only very knowledgeable of the subject but proved to be a great team both in terms of the legal advice given but also in the way they prepared the case from a technical perspective and the litigation approach adopted.’

‘Antonio Ghio has extensive technical knowledge and his advise at contractual stage was sharp and effective without creating a commercial stumbling block. When it came to litigation, he ironed out the strategy supported with the meticulous research and preparation of Deo Falzon, which was impeccable.’

‘The team was always available for us and never missed a deadline.’

Key clients

Malta Freeport Terminals Limited

Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Maritime Limited

AOT Trading AG

Helvetia Assurances (P&I Insurers for the vessel MV Coral Water)

The Performing Right Society Limited

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation & Repubblika

Epic Communications Ltd, formerly Vodafone Malta

Evolution Gaming Limited

SPI Energy Co Ltd

F Schembri Group of Companies

Tyre Services Ltd

H.F. Investments Limited

Ganado Advocates

The ‘highly proficient‘ offering at Ganado Advocates is widely recognised for its disputes expertise in the corporate and maritime fields; Antoine Cremona has extensive experience both with domestic and cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration, and also leads on admiralty and shipping cases. In addition to these areas, Cremona’s wide practice extends to contentious matters relating to construction and financial services. Other core team members include TMT expert Paul Micallef Grimaud and employment specialist Matthew Brincat. Louis Cassar Pullicino retired from his managing partner role in March 2021, but continues to play an active part in the group’s work.

Other key lawyers:

Clement Mifsud-Bonnici

Testimonials

‘They always reply in accordance with your needs. I have contacted them with urgent matters that needed to be solved immediately. They have always found a way to be available and to propose a solution to our needs. They think out of the box. We proposed them a very clear transaction. They came back with something completely different but that worked much better. Very brave, very fast, very good.’

‘Louis Cassar Pullicino is always available when needed and very diligent with all litigation issues.’

‘The team consists of a very good mix of highly proficient lawyers that specialise in different fields and are possibly the best in their respective fields. The firm therefore provides a one-stop shop for all legal needs.’

‘They are very honest , hard working and good at putting themselves in your situation. Their intelligence and team work can also be added to this description.’

‘They payed attention to all the details which I explained and spent time to understand them clearly. They always follow up in all situations, and they really cared about my case and not just to charge me with bills.’

‘All of them have very high skills. They go deeply to solve the problem of the client, they are very empathetic with the customer and ask a lot of questions to understand the needs and always find a solution.’

‘Louis Cassar Pullicino is a very competent and also very professional person – he listened to my claims without making any personal comments. He does not judge in advance and does not make hasty judgments. He understands the needs and is very empathetic. His experience has been enriched over the years and this makes him a trustworthy person.’

‘The team are very commercial and understand the nuances of cross-border litigation and how to meet clients’ expectations on costs.’

Mamo TCV Advocates

Local and international clients from a wide range of industries regularly turn to the experienced team at Mamo TCV Advocates, which is noted not only for its excellent track record in the Courts of Justice, but also before various administrative tribunals and boards. Recently, the firm has been involved with an increasing number of high-value disputes relating to corporate law and financial services, often involving cross-border elements. ‘Outstanding all-rounderFrank Testa, real estate and asset repossession expert Joseph Camilleri and experienced arbitrator Stephen Muscat are the key senior practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa; Stephen Muscat

Other key lawyers:

Maria Lisa Buttigieg

Testimonials

‘The many partners who have expertise in different fields enables the firm to build the right, measured and well researched approach to a dispute, enabling a completeness that is appreciated.’

‘Frank Testa is an outstanding all-rounder but not afraid to think outside the box. Loyal to clients.’

‘Well invested in people and research.’

‘The firm tries to understand the client and its needs well, so that it can assist properly.’

‘The availability and professionalism of the staff involved.’

‘Their team of lawyers whose expertise covers a wide spectrum across business, whose advice from a business, employment and data protection perspective is always professional and prompt. I consider their practical and efficient approach to be valuable as they provide absolute clarity with no hidden agendas.’

‘I find Frank Testa to be very efficient, direct and practical whilst remaining professional.’

‘Timely and very professional responses.’

Key clients

Futura Funds SICAV

Optimum Funds SICAV

Simonds Farsons Cisk

GO p.l.c.

Liquigas Malta Limited

GTG Advocates

GTG AdvocatesComparative Guides promotional icon‘ extensive disputes experience ensures that the ‘team of experts‘ receives instruction from a range of private individuals, corporations and public authorities. Family, employment, property, inheritance and immigration law are all areas of particular strength. Robert Tufigno and Ivan Gatt jointly lead the litigation department; the duo are also able to leverage their positions as co-heads of the real estate offering to act on cases at the intersection of both areas. Senior associate Maria Attard is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Robert Tufigno; Ivan Gatt

Other key lawyers:

Maria Attard

Testimonials

‘GTG offer very focused advice and support, backed up with knowledge of technology that is not very common with other firms. Their ability to understand complex technical issues, and provide legal support for them is something ideal in a dynamic environment like ours.’

‘From partner level down, GTG has built a team of experts that provide us with a holistic service across the various disputes that arise. The access to them in an immediate and proactive manner further helps in GTG’s support to our services.’

‘GTG Advocates is a very serious and reliable legal firm. The qualities that we like most are the personal attention we get and their reliability in providing well researched solutions also based on their vast experience and expertise.’

‘Our main contact at GTG is Robert Tufigno – the service that we get from him is second to none. We get personal attention, all the meetings and time necessary to delve deep into our requirements and he is always prepared for meetings and court sessions.’

‘The fact that GTG Advocates analysis the legal position of the potential client first to determine if they can indeed be of service to the client and also present the client with the possibilities for discussion is very welcoming. The knowledge of the people is in our opinion key to the team’s strengths.’

‘We have been working with Maria Attard who we have learned to be a very knowledgeable and service-minded person. She has been able to assist us with all our queries about the laws and regulations in Malta and is guiding and assisting us up till now to our satisfaction.’

‘They are very dedicated and professional.’

‘Ivan Gatt and Maria Attard have been outstanding – extremely supportive not only on the detail of my case but also on an emotional level. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need.’

Key clients

Montaldo Insurance Agency Limited (Malta General Agents for AIG Europe)

GO Plc

Camilleri & Cuschieri Consulting Engineers

University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA)

Worldfone 1 Company Limited

MDM Costruzione Generali S.r.l.

La Mode Company Limited

BMIT plc

Golden Race Group

Qufan Internet Technologies Ltd

RS2 Software plc

The Authority for Transport in Malta

The Malta Resources Authority

Edwards Lowell Company Limited

Boatcare Trading Limited

Amas Group

SMD Development NV

HBM Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Montaldo Insurance Agency in various insurance cases before Malta’s Superior Courts and Tribunals.
  • Represented the University of Malta Academic Staff Association in a lawsuit for being granted sole recognition as the Union for Resident and Research Academics employed with the University of Malta, as well as representing the client in a dispute regarding a collective agreement.
  • Represented GO in a dispute before the Administrate Review Tribunal relating to the FTTH network. .

8pointlaw

8pointlaw has built up its disputes reputation from landmark successes in human rights and real estate cases; although the firm’s practice now spans debt collection, family inheritance claims and commercial disputes, the group is still particularly well regarded for its work in the fields which made its name. Team lead John Bonello – who is noted for his ‘wise judgement‘ – and senior associate Marycien Vassallo are the core practitioners.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello

Other key lawyers:

Marycien Vassallo

Testimonials

‘Focused, specialised and timely advice.’

‘The key partner is active and clients appreciate that the main partner is actually looking after and advising accordingly.’

‘They are very approachable and knowledgeable on dispute resolution. We have worked with the firm for quite some time and we are very happy to continue using their services. The partners were always available for our needs. They always allocated appropriate time and resources to hear and solve our problems. Their advice is always based on case laws and factual. They are very efficient to keep within timeframes. They have great knowledge of all the economic sectors that we represent.’

‘They differ in their approach from other firms. Their knowledge, legal arguments, availability to discuss, time management make them stand out from other law firms.’

‘Personalised service, highly committed team, proficient and well prepared to counter any legal issue’

‘John Bonello – passion for his profession, compassion, vast knowledge, wide experience and wise judgement.’

‘Marycien Vassallo – strong ability in legal mechanisms especially in court, solid knowledge, vast experience, wise judgement.’

Key clients

INDIS Malta Ltd. (previously Malta Industrial Parks Limited)

S & S Bathrooms Limited

MLR Imports Limited

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

D.D.E. Attard Limited

Cammast Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented INDIS in human rights proceedings in which the defendant to a suit instituted by the client claimed that a particular eviction process in real estate cases is in breach of the fundamental right to a fair hearing.
  • Representing a client in an action against the Malta Planning Authority and the Government of Malta, concerning a permit for the development of several residential units.
  • Representing INDIS in a claim brought forward by a leading construction player in Malta for compensation following a 4% increase in the cost of raw materials in the context of a public contract with a value of €10.5m.

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

The team at Deguara Farrugia Advocates is able to ‘provide impeccable assistance‘ to both private individuals and corporations in all disputes related to commercial, company, property, inheritance, administrative, maritime, public and family law. The practice is headed up by Jonathan Thompson – who is singled out by one client as being ‘renowned for handling high-calibre cases on a daily basis‘.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thompson

Testimonials

‘DF Advocates is laden with experienced and energetic lawyers, well versed in numerous areas of law. The firm can easily be used as a one-stop shop for any legal issues that a client comes across, and anyone working at DF Advocates would surely provide impeccable assistance.’

‘We engaged Jonathan Thompson who handled our firm’s commercial/litigation matters. He is renowned for handling high-calibre cases on a daily basis. To this effect, his experience in the field is vast and this gave all the reassurances required at such a delicate time for our company.’

‘On numerous occasions Jonathan Thompson offered his time to explain to our firm’s representatives and meticulously highlight the process of what was a complex legal court case. His ability to simplify an intricate legal process and be available all around the clock was highly appreciated by our management. Furthermore, his constant availability throughout the engagement made sure that we were constantly kept abreast of all legal developments and outcomes of the case. All this occurred during the tough times of a quasi-lock-down period, and he successfully succeeded in keeping up such a high tempo virtually.’

GVZH Advocates

At GVZH Advocates, the ‘calm, well-organised and balanced‘ team focuses on commercial disputes with an international dimension, particularly in the energy, financial services, manufacturing, construction and aviation industries. ‘Modern and innovative solutions to problems‘ can be seen in the groups’ representation of clients in the Maltese Courts and the Malta Arbitration Centre, as well as in reaching amicable out-of-court settlements. Karl Briffa and Joseph Vella are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Karl Briffa; Joseph Vella

Testimonials

‘Calm, well-organised and balanced, whilst still maintaining a healthy scepticism of the opposition, and maintaining a real world view of the economic implications of the case.’

‘Karl Briffa has been outstanding, in particular his keen perception of a complex technical brief, and his subsequent legal analysis.’

‘I believe that GVZH Advocates has a stable team of top lawyers who have many years of experience in dispute resolution. The firm specialises in creating long-term client relationships that help to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction.’

‘During our co-operation, I especially appreciated the modern and innovative solutions to problems, the long experience of the team members and the clarity of communication.’

‘Very professional and to the point and client-friendly.’

‘Karl Briffa – quick and rational, good strategic view.’

Key clients

Cardiff Aviation Malta Limited

TaxMal Limited

OPAP SA / Tomas Borcin

Work highlights

  • Representing Cardiff Aviation Malta in judicial proceedings instituted by Aerotron in connection with a dispute concerning the leasing of aircraft.
  • Representing TaxMal in a dispute following the unlawful termination of a franchise agreement with Bolt Technology.
  • Assisted OPAP with remedial action following a breach of a promise of sale agreement relating to shares in a Maltese target company.

Refalo Advocates

Refalo Advocates is particularly valued for the ‘excellent‘ team’s willingness to ‘take on non-standard disputes‘ and come up with ‘innovative solutions‘. Mark Refalo leads the civil dispute resolution practice, and regularly acts in both national and international courts. John Refalo oversees the commercial litigation work, which includes maritime issues. Ian Refalo heads up the public law offering.

Practice head(s):

Ian Refalo; Mark Refalo; John Refalo

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Grech; Gabrielle Scicluna

Testimonials

‘Experience, attention to detail and pragmatic legal solutions.’

‘The Refalo team is excellent. It comes up with innovative solutions and advocates them to the fullest extent.’

‘We chose Refalo Advocates because the services required a team of legal professionals that held a comprehensive understanding of commercial operations, and the difficulties and complexities faced by long-established large family businesses, such as our own. Refalo Advocates have a first-class reputation on the island particularly for litigation, corporate, and commercial matters. The team has the ability to identify your requirements and objectives and act upon them effectively. They are solution-oriented advisors, with an expert understanding of the law. The firm offers extensive experience and professionalism in all these areas and satisfied all required criteria and beyond.’

‘Responsibility and clarity in fulfilling obligations, business and non-standard approach in solving assigned tasks, teamwork co-ordination – all this, in my opinion, gives Refalo undeniable advantages in the international legal services market. I would especially like to note the ability of the firm’s specialists to take on non-standard disputes and find effective legal ways to resolve them.’

‘I would like to thank Refalo’s lawyers for their clarity and efficiency in their work, their ability to find a solution in difficult situations and their professionalism. The law firm has a proven track record of resolving complex disputes quickly and efficiently by being creative in developing alternative solutions and strategies. Co-operation with this company is distinguished by high professionalism and an individual approach to clients’ requests.’

‘Both Ian Refalo and John Refalo have been our main advisors and provided us with the peace of mind that our interests and affairs are protected at all stages.’   

‘The entire team are excellent. I have worked with them on a complex case and was able to note first hand their effectiveness.’

Key clients

Construct Furniture

Schembri & Sons

Infinitely Xara Group

Citadel Insurance plc

BNP Paribas

Libyan State

Futura Funds Sicav

Ledaro Investments

Cardinal Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ledaro Investments in an action concerning the liquidation for insolvency of Maltese company Ulmart Holdings, which controlled the Russian online retailer Ulmart.
  • Defending BNP against a claim of not less than €1bn by way of damages allegedly occasioned to the claimant and related enterprises by the client.

Zammit Pace Advocates

The dispute resolution offering at Zammit Pace Advocates is predominantly focused on cases within the corporate and finance spheres; the team is therefore regularly involved with some of the most complex and high-profile cases relating to the banking and investment fund sectors. Managing partner Roderick Zammit Pace and managing associate Sharon Pace Gouder are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Roderick Zammit Pace; Sharon Pace Gouder

Testimonials

‘A diligent and business friendly law firm.’

‘Roderick Zammit Pace is experienced in dispute resolution and knowledgeable in Maltese legislation in general.’

‘The name partner is intelligent, thoughtful and has good legal competence and knowledge, as well as understanding of the local circumstances.’

‘Ability to rapidly identify the issues at play and develop robust, reasoned and compelling responses.’

‘Generally a high performing team, knowledgeable, conscientious and diligent.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as Maltese legal counsel to the Swedish Pensions Agency in its claim against Bank of Valletta as custodian to Falcon Funds SICAV under the UCITS Directive.
  • Representing Falcon Funds SICAV in its litigation against Temple Asset Management and others before the Maltese Courts.
  • Representing a banking client in appeal proceedings following regulatory enforcement action before the Financial Services Tribunal.