Senior partner

Rita is a senior partner at IURIS and forms part of the civil and commercial law departments together with founding partners Simon Galea Testaferrata and Peter Fenech. Her practice involves both the provision of advice and assistance to clients as well as their representation in court and before various courts and tribunals. Being particularly well versed in family law, Rita holds a Diploma in Canonical Marriage Cases, Jurisprudence and Procedure. She and Dr. Peter Fenech were legal advisors to the National Child Welfare Agency in Malta between 2008 and 2016 and have thus acquired specific expertise in several areas of family law including adoptions and fostering, child abductions, cross-border custody disputes and issues of child protection. She has been a member of the Nadur local council since 2008 and previously also served as a member of the board of directors of Gozo Channel Company Limited.

  • Senior partner at IURIS since July 2016
  • Senior associate at IURIS since January 2011
  • Board member of Gozo Channel Company Limited between 2009 and 2013
  • Legal advisor to the National Child Protection Agency in Malta between 2008 and 2016
  • Nadur local council elected member since 2008
  • Associate at Ganado Sammut Advocates between 2006 and 2010
  • Previous legal advisor to the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta
  • Board member of the Mediterranean Conference Centre between 2006 and 2007
  • Admitted to the bar in 2006
  • Trainee at Ganado Sammut Advocates between 2003 and 2006


  • Diploma Course of Studies in Canonical Marriage Cases, Jurisprudence and Procedure, 2008, Archidiocese of Malta, Metropolitan Tribunal
  • Doctor of Laws – 2005, University of Malta
  • Diploma, Notary Public – 2003, University of Malta
  • A. Legal and Humanistic Studies, 2002, University of Malta



  • Chamber of Advocates


  • Maltese
  • English
  • Italian (working knowledge)
  • French (working knowledge)