Our team of lawyers provides representation before the superior and inferior courts of Malta and Gozo, as well as before other boards and tribunals such as the Rent Regulation Board, the Rural Leases Control Board, the Industrial Tribunal and the Administrative Review Tribunal, to mention but a few.
All members of the IURIS team are highly skilled in litigation. Representation before the courts is essential, giving us first-hand experience in the applicability and interpretation of our laws and contracts. This in turn benefits our clients. Our litigation department deals in various fields of law from family law (including separation, divorces and annulment of marriages), to constitutional law (including human rights), civil law (including property disputes, inheritance claims, personal injury claims and debt collection), company law (including the protection of minority shareholders’ rights and directors’ responsibilities), criminal law, public law (including judicial review of decisions of administrative bodies) and press law (libel suits).
Our firm is keen on helping clients explore alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Given the choice, we encourage clients to avoid litigation and choose different, less costly and speedier means to settle their disputes. We believe that opting for such alternatives, especially in commercial matters, is far more beneficial. We therefore promote the inclusion of arbitration clauses in most contracts we are involved in. IURIS lawyers are involved in litigation outside the Malta law courts and often assist clients in arbitration proceedings, at times also acting as arbitrators in arbitrations held under the Malta Arbitration Centre.
Corporate clients often face difficulties in recovering their dues, posing serious problems to their liquidity. IURIS assists its clients in litigation before the local courts in actions for the recovery of debts, accompanied with precautionary acts and other warrants. In this respect we have dealt with aspects of company law, such as wrongful and fraudulent trading, directors’ and shareholders’ responsibilities and minority rights, not to mention out of court settlements leading to compromise or constitution of debt agreements. Ancillary services to the above include the vetting of public searches on transfers and liabilities as well as the registration of securities (privileges and hypothecs), among others.
The firm has extensive experience dealing with cases involving administrative acts of government and its agencies and departments, such as the issuing of permits, licences, concessions, refusals of applications and similar decisions and has successfully challenged such administrative acts on behalf of clients through legal actions including judicial review and actions before the Administrative Review Tribunal. The firm has also successfully pursued actions for damages against the government in cases where clients have sustained damages as a result of administrative action.
SIMON GALEA TESTAFERRATA
STANLEY JOE PORTELLI