Dr Paul Gonzi > Fenech & Fenech Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Lawyer Profile

Fenech & Fenech Advocates
198 OLD BAKERY STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1455
Malta

Work Department

Computer & Communications Law (including Data Protection, Internet Law, Online Defamation, e-Commerce, Telecoms Law, e-Government Law, Software Licensing & Outsourcing, contracts, Intellectual Property on the Internet), Employment Law,

Position

Partner

Career

Paul Gonzi is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates specialising in Labour Law, Data Protection and TMT Law.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, Diploma of Notary Public and Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in 2006 he earned his Master of Laws (LLM) in the subject grouping ‘Computer and Communications Law’ at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

He has eight years of hands-on experience with the firm, also as a litigant in various fora, including before the Courts, the Industrial Tribunal, in Arbitration and also before the Appeal Tribunals in matters of industrial relations, public procurement and telecoms. He is also a contributor in various publications and also contributes towards several conferences and training sessions in his areas of specialisation.

In the employment field, Paul has extensive experience advising clients on contractual issues, drafting of policies and procedures, employment conditions, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and advising on industrial disputes; transfer of business; collective redundancies; transfer of personal data; disputes on recognition of unions; handling disciplinary hearings and grievance procedures; disputes relating to dismissals and termination; handling administrative complaints with the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (‘DIER’); challenging disputes before the Industrial Tribunal, Civil Court and Appeal Court.

Paul also specialises in the field of engagement of crew and seafarers on commercial and non-commercial vessels registered under the Malta Flag with a focus on the 2013 Rules which transpose the provisions of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) into the Laws of Malta; including on issues of drafting of Seafarer Employment Contracts (SEAs); conditions of work; ship-owner liability for injury and sickness and personal injury;

Recent and current cases in which he was involved include acting for Malta’s public transport service provider against the General Workers Union in which the Courts provisionally upheld a precautionary warrant of injunction filed in September 2015 to stop a strike beyond the minimum service requirements established at law; acting for Malta Freeport Limited in an industrial dispute on the recognition of unions before the Industrial Tribunal; in representing a major employer in conciliation meetings mediated by the Director of Labour on the interpretation of the EU Organisation of Working Time Directive and the local regulations transposing same in the context of mobile workers; assisting senior level employees with redundancy proceedings and successfully impeding the termination of an employment based on redundancy by means of a warrant of prohibitory injunction upheld by the Civil Court;; acting for an international super yacht owner in the context of an unfair dismissal claim filed by a sea captain before the Industrial Tribunal and a complaint filed by a seafarer with the Transport Malta Shipping Directorate;

In the field of Data Protection Law, Paul advises data protection and privacy policies and procedures; on notification of data controllers and data processing, engaging of data processors and sub-contractors, local and international data transfers; EU Commission Standard Contractual Clauses (‘SCCs’) and Binding Corporate Rules (‘BCRs’) and handling complaints with Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (‘IDPC’); Recent and current cases include acting for TUI Cruises in a complaint filed before the Information and Data Protection Commissioner; advising an international money transfer organisation to set up and obtain IDPC approval of a regulated international transfer of  personal data;

In matters of ICT Paul has experience in contract drafting and advising on software development contracts; software licence agreements; IT and hardware development contracts; outsourcing agreements; website terms and conditions; website privacy policies, end-user agreements; protection of intellectual property and confidential data; litigating and instituting measures to protect data from unlawful disclosures; In matters of Telecoms Law Paul has experience in advising a major telecoms operator on matters relating to telecoms law including on regulation of telecoms markets, consumer legislation and the review of end-user terms, competition law; data protection and other related matters such as the powers and competences of the local industry regulator; Recent and current cases in which he was involved include acting for Vodafone Malta Limited to defend a complaint filed in 2015 alleging the application of unfair terms and commercial practices in terms of consumer legislation; acting for Vodafone Malta Limited before the Administrative Tribunal for the review of a decision published by the Malta Communication Authority on mobile termination rates;

Paul also forms part of the International Practice at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and is often involved in transactional work and legal due diligence exercises, advising clients on the applicable legal framework and the rights, obligations and risks arising out of proposed commercial transactions or restructuring; He also advises in commercial disputes handled by the International Practice, such as on matters of public procurement (before the relevant Appeals Board or Court of Appeal) and on general commercial matters;

Languages

English, Maltese, Italian (basic French).

Memberships

Malta Chamber of Advocates Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) Member (via Firm) of the Association of European Lawyers (AEL)

Education

• 2006 – 2007 Queen Mary University (University of London) – Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Masters (LL.M.) Computer and Communications LAW. Subject areas : Internet Law, Computer Law, Telecommunications Law, Thesis 1: “An Analytical and Comparative Appraisal of Maltese e-Government Policy and Legislation.” Thesis 2: “Interoperability Information and the Microsoft Decision: Can an undertaking be forced to supply information protected by Intellectual Property Rights?” • 2003 – 2006 University of Malta, LL.D. Thesis: “Remote Gaming: The position of Maltese Legislation in light of recent European and International Developments.” • 2005 (October – February) Libera Universita Degli Studi, St. Pio V, Rome Student Mobility Program (erasmus) Subject Area: Public International Law • 2005 Institute of Financial Services Practitioners – Malta (IFSP) Certificate in : Trust Law and Administration (exam Oct. 2005) • 2003 – 2004 University of Malta Dip. Notary Public • 2000 – 2003 University of Malta, B.A Legal and Humanistic Studies(European Studies)

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Fenech & Fenech Advocates is noted for its expertise in M&A transactions as well as corporate and commercial work. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s employment and TMT and IP departments, the team provides clients with a full service offering. The practice is jointly led by Nicolai Vella Falzon, Rosanne Bonnici, Joseph Ghio, Antonio Ghio, Paul Gonzi, Josianne Brimmer and Monica Galea John.

Malta > Dispute resolution

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.

 

Comparative Guides

Malta: Employment & Labour Law March 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employment & Labour Law laws and regulations that may occur in Malta.