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Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 3

John Bonello is the founding partner of specialist disputes boutique 8pointlaw. He is a well-respected litigator in civil, commercial and real estate cases, and particularly in complex disputes involving aspects of family, succession and inheritance law.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello


‘Sound knowledge of the law and legal strategy.’

‘The team is perfectly balanced when it comes to the professional service requested. Legal expertise and knowledge of the law are key to what we look for in the team. They are efficient, knowledgable, commercial and never take you for a ride.’

‘John Bonello has more than 20 years’ experience in the field. Apart from his knowledge of the law, his mind is an internal archive and therefore solutions are found in the shortest time frame possible.’

Key clients

INDIS Malta Ltd. (previously Malta Industrial Parks Limited)

S & S Bathrooms Limited

MLR Imports Limited

D.D.E. Attard Limited

Cammast Properties Limited

E.C. Municipals Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in constitutional proceedings following a wrongful imprisonment, based on the right to protection from arbitrary arrest or detention and provisions to secure the protection of the law as established by the ECHR.
  • Representing INDIS Malta Ltd. in a claim against a local enterprise for over €500,000 in damages following a highly publicised fire incident on a major industrial estate in Malta.
  • Acted for E.C. Municipals Ltd before the Public Contracts Review Board and subsequently the Court of Appeal following a tender issued by the Ministry for Education and Employment for the provision of cleaning services in state schools, for a value of over €9m.

Malta > Private client Tier 3

John Bonello at 8pointlaw has a strong reputation for representing HNWIs in disputes involving family, real estate, succession and inheritance law. He also routinely advises on estate planning, wealth preservation and relocation to Malta, in which the firm also acts as a licensed agent for the purposes of granting citizenship by naturalisation by direct investment.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello

Work highlights

  • Assisted several HNWIs with matters pertaining to the acquisition of Maltese citizenship and residency by investment through the Malta Permanent Residence Programme.

Malta > Real estate Tier 3

8pointlaw is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious real estate matters, ranging from lease agreements and conveyancing through to court proceedings relating to the interpretation of contracts and division of property. Lead partner John Bonello also represents clients in disputes before the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello


‘The advisory team is composed of hands-on, energetic professionals who provide attention to detail. They make themselves available and have a wide array of experience.’

‘Personal attention, timely service and follow-ups.’

Key clients

INDIS Malta Ltd. (previously Malta Industrial Parks Limited)

Malta Enterprise

MLR Imports Limited

Falbra Limited

AR Properties Limited

Cammast Properties Limited

Malta Life Sciences Centre Ltd (Malta Enterprise)

Verdala Mansions Owners Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted INDIS Malta Ltd. and Malta Enterprise (Malta’s economic development agency) with drawing up the necessary transactional deeds for the setting up of a key pharmaceutical company’s vaccine production facility in Malta.
  • Advised INDIS Malta Ltd. on a €20m investment by Ryanair in a maintenance and repairs facility in Malta.
  • Assisted INDIS Malta Ltd. with the drafting of the necessary transactional deeds with respect to a joint project between the government and the private sector to develop and operate industrial property.

The firm: 8Point Law is an accomplished multi-disciplinary law firm, with an acutely developed knowledge of corporate, commercial and civil law within the Mediterranean region and beyond. The firm prides itself in delivering a tailor-made service to meet each of its client’s needs, servicing any matter any given client may have.

The firm’s offices, located in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, are a stone’s throw away from the local law courts, making it very convenient for clients to access, and hold meetings in the heart of Malta’s business, culture and heritage. While retaining its traditional set-up, the firm has grown into a strong practice in various fields of law.

As a boutique partnership, 8Point Law focuses on providing a personal touch to all clients’ needs, and is renowned for having an approach towards providing flexible services that put clients first at all times.

8Point Law is committed to providing high-quality, professional services within reasonable time-frames that are designed to meet client’s ever-evolving legal and business requirements. The firm’s client base includes local and foreign individuals and companies, and its aim is offering a cost-effective and specialised service every step of the way.

As a result, 8Point Law’s portfolio is extensive, encompassing a range of clients that includes individuals, corporate set-ups, highly respected global organisations, public agencies, embassies, as well as businesses and individuals with very unique requirements.

Areas of practice: 8Point Law’s specialisation is to serve the needs of high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals as well as their families and businesses. In particular, the firm focuses on the relocation of expats in Malta – assisting them and their families in all legal matters including family law, wealth management as well as the lease and acquisition of real estate. 8Point Law provides a range of services relating to citizenship and residency, including Investment Migration, Citizenship by Investment (CBI), access to Schengen, and visa free travel. The firm’s concierge service team manages and facilitate on a one-to-one basis every aspect of an individual’s or family’s relocation including bespoke property search, removals and shipping, home set up, schools sourcing and ongoing concierge.

A focal point of the practice lies in real estate and property law, having assisted many long-standing clients with complex property transactions, both locally and abroad. The firm provides services in all matters relating to property, ranging from leases, both residential and commercial, and the sale and purchase of property.

The firm’s strengths lie in all matters relating to civil law, litigation, and dispute resolution, wherein it assists clients from start to finish with any matter they may have at hand. 8Point Law has had a long standing in the Maltese law courts on a vast array of complex issues, involving both personal and corporate clients, coming from the local and international sphere.

The firm also excels in matters of family law, namely separations, divorce, and issues relating to the care and custody of minors, both local and cross-border, and patrimonial issues relating thereto.

Succession law and inheritance is another forte of the firm, when such services are valued at a highly sensitive time. In today’s cosmopolitan world, succession matters are often international and complex, and 8Point Law’s professional team offers guidance and advice on the simplest solution to the client’s issues.

The team also offers comprehensive legal advice in relation to all aspects of Maltese company law that include: company formation/redomiciliation; corporate structuring and general transactions; mergers; acquisitions; division and reorganisations.

The firm’s legal consultancy expertise extends to the marine, yachting and the aviation sphere. In particular, 8Point Law has tendered advice to international organisations which represent, lead and serve the aviation industry in general.

The firm guarantees a multi-disciplinary service to all corporate clients and strives to provide a one-stop service to them. In order to achieve this, it provides professional services in areas and sectors that are contingent upon a business concern. This includes employment and industrial relations wherein the firm provides advisory services and assists clients in industrial litigation including employment disputes.

At 8Point Law, the team works directly with clients to assess the most appropriate course of action. The firm gives a thorough and clear assessment of the current position and the various options available, as well as a recommendation of the best way forward. 8Point Law strives to provide truly commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality, which, in turn, ensures that clients reach their goals every step of the way. Essentially, the firm seeks to conform in all respects with clients’ legitimate instructions while ensuring a value-added professional service to each of them.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dr John Bonello jbonello@8pointlaw.com
Dr Marycien Vassallo mvassallo@8pointlaw.com
Dr Elian Scicluna escicluna@8pointlaw.com
Number of lawyers : 7
Malta Chamber of Advocates
The Legal 500

International Practices

8Point Law provides a wide range of legal services to international clients and continuously provides legal advice to clients who are based, or who have or want to have business interests across the globe. The firm has worked with a diverse range of issues for international clients, including:

  • Assistance and counsel on competition law matters to global aviation players;
  • Assistance to various UK-based Law firms on various cross-border family matters and succession and inheritance issues;
  • Assistance with the enforcement of foreign judgments in Malta to EU and South-East Asian clients;
  • Residency and citizenship services for several clients, including American citizens;
  • Services for the incorporation of various FDI start-ups in Malta, including pharmaceutical companies with Israeli and Canadian interests.

Network and programmes

8Point Law has access to an extensive global network of law firms, businesses and associations.

Dr John Bonello is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, wherein he frequently attends and participates in international conferences held all over the globe.

8Point Law is also an approved agent for Malta’s citizenship by Investment Programme. The global mobility of high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals is on the rise and a growing number is looking at investment migration in order to broaden horizons and expand business interests in Malta. Potential applicants for the Malta Individual Investor Programme must make use of the services of approved agents, and 8Point Law are fully-qualified to assist international clients in such matters.

The firm is also a member of IR Global, consisting of the world’s leading legal, accountancy and financial advisers, recommended exclusively by jurisdiction and practice area.

The firm is, and has always been, committed to promoting equal opportunities across the board, and we have engaged and retained students, professionals and supporting staff from all backgrounds, be it race, religion, ethnicity, sex and/or sexual orientation. At 8Point Law, we believe that inclusion is the key to our success, and our strengths lie in offering flexibility at the place of work in order to ensure that everybody’s needs are met. This platform encourages every member of our team to put their strengths together to create a strong and harmonious team which tackles issues together as one, each contributing giving their fortes to complement one another.

Our ethos is that the pooling of differences adds wealth to the firm’s output and renders us able to tackle today’s cosmopolitan needs in the most wholesome of ways.

We firmly believe in staying true to our roots and contributing to our society. In this respect, we provide several services pro bono very willingly, and aim to carry on expanding the number of such files as we grow. Our aim is to implement measures so as to enrich our social policy and safeguard interests which are not limited to our own.