Dispute resolution in Malta

Camilleri Preziosi

The dispute resolution practice at Camilleri Preziosi, led by Henri Mizzi and Marisa Vella, is reputed for its ‘exceptional service.’ The team has seen an increase in construction arbitration and administrative law matters together with disputes in connection with employment, competition, tax and insurance. In one highlight, it successfully defended the Bank of Valletta against over four hundred claims by former investors alleging mis-selling a fund of which the bank was a custodian. Senior associate Kristina Rapa Manché is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Henri Mizzi; Marisa Vella

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Rapa Manché

Testimonials

‘Specialist service’

‘Size of the firm is ideal as you get to meet most of the firm and know the specialisation of each.’

‘Intelligence, approachability and pro-activeness’

‘An efficient and very effective firm of lawyers’

‘Marisa Vella is well versed in commercial law and drafting contracts’

‘Their efficiency, promptness to respond and professionalism as well as their multi-disciplinary approach makes them noteworthy.’

‘Marisa Vella has provided us with concrete and tangible support as well as with prompt, direct and straight forward advice which we value in terms of also assessing pros and cons in relation to any disputes put forward to them for review. ’

‘We have worked with the team for over a decade and have always received exceptional service.’

‘One to one service from both the legal and advisory perspective is fundamental and this firm has always offered this level of service which we as a family business highly expect. All the individuals which work in this firm have to date met this level of requirement by our organisation.’

‘Very reactive. Savvy, they “get it” and provide on-point advice with impressive turn-around times.’

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The practice at Fenech & Fenech Advocates fields a team of specialists. Ann Fenech and Adrian Attard head the marine litigation department and have worked on high-profile salvage cases for Tug Malta, claims by international carriers and marine litigation cases for Malta Freeport Terminals. Nicholai Vella Falzon is a key name for complex corporate litigation particularly unfair prejudice actions and shareholder disputes. Antonio Ghio is specialised in TMT and IP matters. Paul Gonzi heads the employment department, which is specialised in employment of seafarers and crew conditions; recent work has included unfair dismissals and constructive dismissals cases, discrimination, breach of employment contract, management of Covid-19 crisis and privacy breaches. Edward Debono handles general litigation.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Deo Falzon

Testimonials

‘Accessibility and competence in various legal fields.’

‘Honesty and clear advice.’

‘The team at Fenech & Fenech possesses a wide spectrum of different specialisations in the legal field and related services. They have true specialists and truly dedicated professionals. Their professionalism runs deep in the fabric of this practice, and is evident when dealing with any person from this firm.’

‘Personally, I have worked a lot with Adrian Attard. I can easily say I have found him to be the most professional lawyer I have ever dealt with. So much so that I have consulted Adrian various times also on personal business not just professionally. He is extremely knowledgeable, a consummate professional and throughout the myriad of cases and instances we have required his service, has always been on top of the situation and with excellent advice.’

‘Fenech & Fenech provide us with full service assistance with multiple issues. They have a variety of specialised lawyers for different matters including commercial matters and court proceedings.’

‘We have worked with associate Deo Falzon on litigious matters involving intellectual property and general commercial matters. We found him to be knowledgeable and efficient and able to clearly explain the proceedings we face.’

‘Quality of work, experience on the ground and responsiveness. ’

‘Fenech & Fenech acts as arbitration counsel for our common client. During the last 12 months, Fenech & Fenech appeared on a number of hearings and made several submissions on behalf of the client.’

Key clients

GVC Holdings plc

KPMG Crimsonwing

Repubblika/Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

Vodafone Malta Limited

SPI Energy Inc. (NASDAQ Listed)

Donna Union Foundation (DUF)

Tyre Services Ltd

H.F. Investments Limited

Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Maritime Limited

Virtu Ferries Limited

Steamship Mutual Management Services Limited

Atlas Insurance PCC Limited

Aasa Group

Malta Public Transport Services (Operations) Limited

Mobis Parts Europe

Ganado Advocates

The dispute resolution team at Ganado Advocates covers a broad range of practice areas including admiralty and maritime litigation, financial services litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, aviation, construction, IP, TMT, employment and industrial relations. The practice is led by Louis Cassar Pullicino with the support of Antoine Cremona, who is specialised in civil and commercial proceedings; Paul Micallef Grimaud, who heads the IP, TMT and data protection practice; and Matthew Brincat, who mainly works in employment and pensions. The team has represented high-profile clients before the Maltese Superior Courts, specialised tribunals, the European Court of Justice, international arbitrations and at the European court of Human Rights.

Practice head(s):

Louis Cassar Pullicino

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Cremona; Paul Micallef Grimaud; Matthew Brincat; Clement Mifsud Bonnici

Testimonials

‘A lean organisation providing quick input and reactions.’

‘Partners are excellent and hard working.’

‘Ganado Advocates provided excellent advice in relation to a cross border restructuring. Their engagement, punctuality and diligence was very impressive.’

‘I worked with Louis Cassar Pullicino who was very responsive and engaged. His work was of a very high standard.’

‘Ganado Advocates is a leading law firm in Malta. It enjoys a high reputation for the quality of service it provides in various fields of business.’

‘I have also had the opportunity to work with Paul Micallef Grimaud and there the service and advice received was absolutely of top quality.’

‘Ganado has worked closely with us for a number of years: they have consistently been thorough and helpful in their advice, devised and enacted an effective strategy and done so very cost-effectively. They are a pleasure to work with at all times.’

‘We have predominantly worked with Clement Mifsud Bonnici and with Luisa Cassar Pullicino. Both have been prompt, knowledgeable, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. ’

Mamo TCV Advocates

The practice at Mamo TCV Advocates handles a variety of contentious matters, including those relating to family law, general commercial law, insurance, public procurement, bank finance, environment and planning, ship and aircraft arrests, employment law and the enforcement of foreign judgments in Malta. The team has seen a shift in the market towards more cross-border work and is well positioned to handle financial services and corporate disputes from local companies involved in larger deals. The department is led by Frank Testa, ‘a lawyer who really cares about his clients’, Joseph Camilleri and Stephen Muscat.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Muscat; Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Valenzia; Maria Lisa Buttigieg

Testimonials

‘I have been using this practice for commercial dispute resolution for a number of years. In my opinion, the practical way they handle disputes, avoiding the hassle of protracted lawsuits, but always keeping that option in mind, is very good. The breadth of experience in the team is also a very big plus. In comparison to other firms, this firm is the ‘first amongst equals’ in this field.’

‘Frank Testa – A lawyer who really cares about his clients, who listens, and who does not let the grass grow under his feet.

‘Maria Lisa Buttigieg – A lawyer whose technical expertise, coupled with dogged research of caselaw, is outstanding.’

‘The company has a number of experts and so it is great to be part of this team!’

‘Joseph Camilleri is a great person to work with – he makes himself available and also takes client concerns very seriously. He is the lawyer that you always want on your side. ’

‘Very well prepared and the practice houses a very wide spectrum of expertise in various sectors’

‘Well informed and always available to help’

‘I find working with the lawyers within this firm to be a breath of fresh air. They are unique, in that they are very practical / pragmatic and are not time wasters’

‘The advice given by Dr. Frank Testa, is very professional, to the point and measured. It really is a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Practical, flexible and solution driven approach.’

‘Frank Testa is a lead in terms of litigation lawyers in Malta. Nicholas Valenzia is a lead in terms of maritime litigation in Malta.’

‘Thorough knowledge of all areas of law coupled with the availability that one would expect of an in-house / solely dedicated team of lawyers make MAMO TCV an exceptional legal services provider. Definitely the go-to choice for business in Malta.’

‘Partner Joe Camilleri is an exceptional individual who matches a wide and deep understanding of the law with a hard work ethic. Always available for assistance and pragmatic in his approach.’

GTG Advocates

The team at GTG Advocates is active in the field of local transport-related litigation, insurance and personal injury cases as well as representing numerous clients in the technology industry. The firm has continued its work representing Montaldo Insurance Agency Limited in a variety of claims and represented MDM Costruzione Generali S.r.l in the Superior Court.  The ‘professional and approachable’ team is led by Ivan Gatt and Robert Tufigano. Senior associate Maria Attard is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Robert Tufigno; Ivan Gatt; Ian Gauci

Other key lawyers:

Maria Attard

Testimonials

‘We mainly deal with 2 GTG lawyers, and we have praise to both for their knowledge and expertise.’

‘We have worked with GTG for many years and have always been given full attention and assistance.’

‘We have mostly used GTG Advocates services in areas related to electronic communications industry and we believe that there is no other law firm in Malta that has more expertise in this area. ’

‘GTG lawyers are very professional and also provide sound legal advice and assistance in court litigation. I believe that the level of expertise is what makes them standout from lawyers of other firms. We’ve been exceptionally assisted by Dr Ian Gauci, Dr Ivan Gatt and Dr Maria Attard.’

‘Although made up of a number of lawyers, the firm goes out of its way to provide a service second to none. The staff is helpful and it is always a pleasure to deal with the firm.’

‘They give you their time, are honest and are not revenue driven in the sense that the firm has always provided me with genuine advice even when it would have paid them to take matters further at greater cost to me.’

‘I am very impressed and satisfied with the customer care, dedication to my case and the friendly and helpful demeanour of the staff at GTG. Both Dr Maria Attard and Dr Ivan Gatt have stood by me with strong force mentally and emotionally. I have faith in them and with their professional mannerisms and tactics I feel positive that my case will end in victory. ’

‘Dr Ivan Gatt has been very professional and listens intently. He has appeared in court and show moral support and back up support to my attorney, Dr Maria Attard. Dr Maria Attard has been wonderful throughout this case. She is dedicated, strong willed and leaves no stone unturned. Her work is always prepared for hearings and she makes me feel confident. ’

‘The strength of the team members I dealt with is that I was treated with respect and my concerns were taken into consideration because the lawyer knew the law and how to apply it in a just way. It takes an able and serious lawyer to apply the principle of the law as required by the situation.’

Key clients

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

BMIT Plc

Softquo Group (Golden Race)

Worldfone 1 Company Limited

The Multi Group

Fazi d.o.o. Beograd

Qufan Internet Technologies

MDM Costruzione Generali S.r.l.

Camilleri & Cuschieri Consulting Engineers

Foursite Operations Limited and Raise Fields Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Montaldo Insurance Agency in various litigation cases in the field of insurance before the Superior Courts and Tribunals.
  • Represented MDM Costruzione Generali in a monetary claim lawsuit for circa €3.5m for the supply of materials and works.
  • Represented BMIT in EU trade mark opposition proceedings instituted against the “BEEMIT” EU trade mark applications filed by the multi-national company AGFA-Gavaert.

GVZH Advocates

Led by partners Karl Briffa and Joseph J. Vella, the litigation and arbitration practice at GVZH Advocates is primarily focused on commercial issues within a variety of sectors including energy, financial services, manufacturing, construction and aviation. The firm has continued its work representing the Corinthia Group, handling its initial measures and response to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as other disputes.

Practice head(s):

Karl Briffa; Joseph J Vella

Testimonials

Key clients

Corinthia Group of Companies

Hili Group of Companies

Tumas Group of Companies

Malta Gaming Authority

Maltapost PLC

Malta Financial Services Authority

Gasan Mamo Insurance Limited

Toly Products Limited

Taxmal Limited

Billion Holdings Limited

OPAP SA

8pointlaw

The 'natural problem-solvers' at 8pointlaw handles matters regarding family law, inheritance claims, real estate claims, debt collection and government briefs. The team is led by John Bonello.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello

Other key lawyers:

Elian Scicluna; Marthese Grech

Testimonials

‘Our tight schedule makes it difficult for us to leave our workplace, and team at 8Point Law is always available to meet up at our premises. John and his associates have great organisational skills which are essential due to the number of issues which crop up during our day to day negotiations. They are flexible and make themselves available and are natural problem-solvers.’

‘Dr John Bonello has followed all our legal matters since engagement of services and has always delivered stellar results even in the most complex of matters. Dr Elian Scicluna assists Dr Bonello with several matters related to debt collection and continues to closely follow up and solve any disputes efficiently even out of court.’

‘The key strengths are that all individuals within the team are knowledgeable on the case at hand. They answer any queries in a timely manner in a concise way without any vagueness.’

‘I have worked with Lawyer Dr John Bonello and his associate Dr Marthese Grech. They have been very knowledgeable on the areas I required expertise on and handled the situation on a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Experience within the field, accessibility and approach and practicality.’

Key clients

Malta Industrial Parks Limited

S & S Bathrooms Limited

MLR Imports Limited

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

D.D.E Attard Limited

General Workers Union

George & Rocco Car Centre Limited

LBV Limited

Falbra Limited

Saniclean Joint Venture

Work highlights

  • Acted for Saniclean Joint Venture in appealing against a  decision and requested a thorough review of the evaluation process in a public procurement context.
  • Represented Malta Industrial Parks in proceedings following a public call for tenders wherein the contractor claimed that an increase in cost of certain raw materials (steel and bitumen) justified a revision of the contract price.
  • Represented Malta Industrial Parks in human rights proceedings whereby a defendant in a suit which our client commenced claimed that summary proceedings in civil matters breached the fundamental right to a fair hearing.

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

The civil law and litigation team as Deguara Farrugia Advocates is specialised in a variety of fields, including company law, property law, inheritance law, family law, administrative law, maritime law and public law. Led by Jonathan Thompson, the team handles domestic and cross-border disputes concerning a broad range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thompson

Testimonials

‘They easily team up and enjoy sharing the problem with the costumer to provide an accurate response.’

‘All dedicated to improve the quality in all aspects of their activity.’