We handle a range of commercial and corporate disputes, domestic and international arbitrations, a variety of administrative law matters together with shipping, banking, tax, employment, insurance and competition-related proceedings.
At Camilleri Preziosi, we firmly believe that our clients’ interests are best served when differences and disputes are settled out of court. However, when resorting to the courts becomes inevitable, we provide assistance and representation through those lawyers who have built up considerable experience and expertise in every area of litigation.
When dispute resolution is required, we ensure that it is conducted in a manner that is highly sensitive to the client’ s needs, especially when it is important to have his or her dispute determined swiftly and effectively, irrespective of its uniqueness or complexity.
The main areas of litigation appear in disputes and proceedings that occur in the fields of commercial, corporate, administrative, shipping, banking, tax, employment, competition and insurance.
Since the introduction of the Arbitration Act in 1996, we have advised and represented clients both in local and international arbitral proceedings conducted under the rules of the Arbitration Act (Cap. 387 of the Laws of Malta), the UNCITRAL, ICC or LCIA rules. We regularly advise on arbitration provisions as well as their implications and validity. Besides advising clients in arbitration proceedings, partners Henri Mizzi and Marisa Azzopardi are frequently appointed arbitrators.
We have gained considerable experience in mediation proceedings; an innovative and relatively recent form of dispute resolution whereby an independent and impartial person intervenes in a dispute which could give rise to proceedings, or, in proceedings between the parties which have already been instituted. Such intervention is made with a view to guide the parties towards a settlement.
Our banking litigation practice covers investor claims for damages, letter of credit disputes and general debt recovery proceedings. We act for one of the major banks in Malta, Bank of Valletta p.l.c. We advise a number of other banks including Bawag Malta Bank p.l.c and Mediterranean Bank p.l.c. We also handle a number of litigation matters for HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
This area has developed and grown considerably over the years. Henri Mizzi successfully acted as counsel in the first wrongful and fraudulent trading applications to be filed in Malta in the context of an insolvent company. We have also advised and acted both for insolvent companies and for shareholders and creditors, assisting them in proceeding with their claims for insolvency. In fact, we have acted in one of the first company recovery proceedings to be held in Malta.
Insurance and re-insurance litigation
We have advised and acted over a broad range of insurance and re-insurance claims. We have acted in litigation for and between insurers, the insured as well as for brokers and insurance agents in court and in confidential arbitration proceedings. In the context of precautionary security we have provided a unique kind of alternative security using an innovative approach that is a first of its kind in Malta. We also regularly act for insured where coverage is denied.