Dispute resolution in Malta
Henri Mizzi and Marisa Vella are key names in Camilleri Preziosi’s ‘top-notch’ and ‘stand-out’ dispute resolution practice. Vella led on a number of cases involving breaches of fiduciary duties and contractual disputes, and Mizzi handled matters such as shareholder disputes and licensing rights issues. The team earns ‘full praise’ for its work on contentious matters, which currently includes representing Motherwell Bridge Malta Limited in a damages action against a former employee for allegedly engaging in fraudulent activity. Senior associate Kristina Rapa Manché is also noted for her expertise in representing private and public sector clients in civil, commercial, EU and public law claims. Other clients include Bank of Valletta, Mekanika and Dragonara Gaming.
Fenech & Fenech Advocates is known for its leading marine litigation department, which is headed by Ann Fenech. She acted for Tug Malta in a salvage claim, and also represented Malta Freeport Terminals in various contentious matters, including proceedings before the French courts. Elsewhere, Antonio Ghio leads on TMT and IP instructions, with key clients including Evoke Gaming and PRS for Music. He is assisting the latter with various actions against third parties over alleged copyright breaches. Edward Debono and Kenneth Grima are also recommended for their litigation expertise. Paul Gonzi handles employment matters.
Ganado Advocates’ Dr Louis Cassar Pullicino, who is ‘a leading name in the market’, heads up the ‘very responsive and thorough’ team; he is particularly noted for his expertise in maritime and commercial disputes. Dr Antoine G Cremona and Dr Stefan Frendo ‘are able to see the core of the dispute and act accordingly’ in banking and finance litigation. Dr Paul Micallef Grimaud is noted for his ‘hands-on approach’ to TMT and IP disputes, while Dr Matthew Brincat is a key individual for employment and industrial relations matters.
Mamo TCV Advocates' contentious work spans commercial, bank finance, insurance and civil law matters. Key lawyers Joseph Camilleri, Stephen Muscat, Franco Vassallo and Frank B. Testa represent local and international private sector clients in litigation, and also provide assistance with alternative forms of dispute resolution. The firm’s client base also includes government departments and public authorities. The team represented a public authority in a contract dispute relating to an infrastructure project, and is also acting for a consortium of investors in a shareholder dispute.
‘Highly versatile and persuasive negotiator’ Silvana Zammit heads up Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’ dispute resolution practice, which ‘strives to give its clients the best possible service’. Zammit has a particular focus on cross-border matters. The team has a 'diplomatic' approach to out-of-court settlements and is 'always well researched'. Particular fields of expertise include IP, maritime, aviation, real estate and commercial disputes. Charlene Mifsud is another key contact, as is Jean-Philippe Chetcuti; the latter is 'a personable lawyer with strong business acumen’, who advises on tax-related matters.
Guido de Marco & Associates
The ‘particularly knowledgeable’ team at Guido de Marco & Associates is strong in commercial and criminal law matters, trade mark enforcement and contract disputes. Practice head Mario de Marco handles disputes across a multitude of industries, including the pharmaceutical, real estate and aviation sectors. The team also advises clients active in the gaming sector. Senior associate Giannella de Marco focuses on criminal law.
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.
Founding partners John Bonello and Victor Scerri head up Scerri & Bonello Advocates’ dispute resolution practice, which handles civil matters concerning contractual issues, family law and inheritance. The firm is retained by numerous clients for debt collection enforcement work, and it also handles disputes arising from public procurement tenders before the Public Contracts Review Board.