Lease agreements, force majeure and fortuitous events

Not all lease agreements contain a force majeure provision. With respect to leases, force majeure is only referred to in “Sub-title I. Of the Letting of Things” of the Civil Code, article 1557, which refers to force majeure in one specific situation, namely the repair of damages: “The lessee shall in no case be responsible …

Partial Lockdown in Malta to have effect from 28 March 2020

On 26 March 2020 the Maltese government announced that with effect from Saturday morning 28 March 2020, people over sixty-five years of age and people with health-related conditions (irrespective of their age), including insulin-dependent diabetics, individuals with an immune suppression, patients currently undergoing chemotherapy or having done so over the past six months, and individuals …

Controlling and Containing the Coronavirus Risk at the Work Place

The escalating pandemic of the Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19), has taken a heavy toll on the workplace environment.  As workers become perturbed about the risks they may be exposed to at the workplace, employers are striving to keep their businesses and companies afloat while adhering to all statutory obligations, particularly those obligations relevant …

ECJ Rules On Social Security Of Seafarers

The European Court of Justice ruled in the case C-631/17 SF v Inspecteur van de Belastingdienst

Sealing The Success Of The Malta Flag

Maritime lawyer, Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre, highlights the pivotal role of Malta’s legal framework in keeping the Malta Flag flying high.

The New Private Residential Leases Act of 2019

The Private Residential Leases Act of 2019 (“the Act”)

The IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap: What Does This Mean For The Bunkering World?

Through the implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) announced on the 27 October 2016 that it would implement a global sulphur cap of 0.5% on marine fuels starting from 1 January, 2020, for ships operating outside Emission Control Areas (ECA’s)1; a decision which will inevitably …

Senior Corporate Lawyer

Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) is a dynamically developing Greco-Maltese law firm having its head office in Malta. Due to the expansion process being undertaken by GMX, the firm is currently looking to recruit a corporate lawyer to join its Valletta office on a full-time basis.

Legal clarity for international couples on matrimonial property

Malta is among the 18 EU member states where new EU Regulations clarifying the rules applicable to property regimes for international married couples or registered partnerships, entered into force on 29 January 2019.