Adrian Attard

Adrian is a Partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. His main areas of practice are maritime law and dispute resolution & litigation.

Adrian graduated from the University of Malta in 2009 with a Doctorate of Laws, and holds a Master’s degree in international maritime law conferred by the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. He was admitted to the Maltese bar in 2009 and joined the Marine Litigation Department in 2010.

Adrian’s main areas of practice are maritime law and dispute resolution & litigation. Adrian has a wealth of experience in most aspects of maritime law including judicial sales by auction and court approved private sales of vessels, handling most types of wet and dry shipping disputes ranging from collisions, salvage and towage claims to insurance claims, disputes relating to carriage of goods and charter party agreements, the arrest of vessels and obtaining other forms of precautionary security. He is also well versed in contract drafting and negotiations.

Adrian is also experienced in dispute resolution and litigation and handles enforcement proceedings for the recovery of debts using both local and EU enforcement mechanisms, enforcing judgment and arbitral awards locally.

Languages: Maltese, English, Italian

Career Highlights


Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Partner


Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Senior Associate


Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Associate


Malta Institute of Taxation

Oct 2009 – July 2010, Diploma in Taxation

IMO International Maritime Law Institute

Sept 2009 – June 2010, Masters in International Law

University of Malta

Oct 2006 – June 2009, Doctor of Laws

University of Malta

Oct 2006 – June 2007, Diploma of Notary Public

University of Malta

Oct 2003 – June 2006, Bachelor of Laws Degree with European Studies as a subsidiary area

Shipping | Band 1
Shipping | Tier 1
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Fenech & Fenech Advocates‘ practice covers the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious maritime and ship finance matters such as shipbuilding, marine insurance, sale and purchase of yachts, and registrations of vessels. Within the team, Ann Fenech heads the marine litigation department; Mark Fenech and Rowena Grima focus on ship finance and registration, respectively; and Alison Vassallo leads the yachting team. Adrian Attard is also recommended.
Legal 500 2022
‘Very respected in the shipping industry’ and ‘knowledgable and competent’ in this sector.
Chambers Europe 2022
‘Personally, I have worked a lot with Adrian Attard. I can easily say I have found him to be the most professional lawyer I have ever dealt with. So much so that I have consulted Adrian various times also on personal business not just professionally. He is extremely knowledgeable, a consummate professional and throughout the myriad of cases and instances we have required his service, has always been on top of the situation and with excellent advice.’ Adrian Attard is also noted.
Legal 500 2021
‘In the last years we have been working with Adrian Attard, who I am pleased to say has now risen to partner in the firm. Adrian Attard is surely already one of the top maritime lawyers in the country. He is extremely knowledgeable, diligent, very organised and truly a pleasure to work with. I have consulted Adrian on a number of issues, his communication is excellent, and he is able to explain even the most complex legal issues in a way a client can easily understand him. He has also proven himself to be very reliable and a consummate professional. Most competitors I would term as either legally knowledgeable but unable to communicate clearly or disorganised (rushing from one thing to another), both things which make the client feel stranded.’
Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Clients appreciate Adrian Attard ‘s “efficiency, ability to get things done and his quick, well-founded advice,” as well as his “willingness to go the extra step.” He assists with many of the firm’s complex cross-border matters. Adrian Attard advises clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping matters, including ship arrests, regulatory advice and cruise liner registration and employment matters. Sources describe him as “extremely knowledgeable and definitely someone to watch,” while others add that his work is “very meticulous and timely.”
Chambers Europe 2019
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