Ann Fenech

Ann is a Partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. She heads the Marine Litigation Department and her main area of practice is all aspects of marine litigation.

Ann qualified in 1986 and immediately joined Holman Fenwick and Willan in London. In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans, and in 1992 joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in June 2008, a position she held until December 2020.

She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response acting for the most important international maritime operators. She has been involved in the majority of serious casualties involving Maltese registered vessels world wide and those occurring in Maltese territorial waters. She has extensive experience in judicial sales having conducted several judicial sales by auctions and court approved private sales. She has extensive experience in marine related transactional work including having acted for the Malta Privatisation Unit on the privatisation processes related to the then Malta Drydocks.

Ann is a president of the Comite Maritime International and also the legal correspondent for the West of England, the American Club and Steamship mutual. She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime. She lectures extensively on the subject of Maritime Law in Malta and abroad. She has written several articles in a number of publications as well as contributed towards published books in relation to Malta maritime law. She is the CMI co-ordinator in Working Group V1 at UNCITRAL working on the Convention on the International Effects of Judicial Sales of Ships.

Languages: Maltese, English, Italian, French

Career Highlights

2022 President of Comite Maritime International

June 2008 Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Managing Partner

1992 Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Partner and Head of the Marine Litigation Department

September 2017 COMITE MARITIME INTERNATIONAL, Appointed Executive Councillor of the Comite Maritime International for a second term

2016 Malta Marittima Agency, Appointed to represent the MMLA on the Board of Malta Marittima Agency

2015 Malta Maritime Forum, Appointed on the Board of Directors of the Malta Maritime Forum

2013 Malta Law Academy, Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy

2012 Premier Capital Plc, Appointed Director of the public listed company Premier Capital Plc

2012 Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd, Appointed Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd Legal Correspondent

2011 International Maritime Law Institute, Lecturer on the Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner


University of London

1988-1989 LL.M. Degree in Maritime Law

University of Malta

1986 LL.D. Degree. Thesis: ” Liability without fault and the theory of Created risk in Tort”

London and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

1985 Preparation of thesis at the Institute of advanced legal studies

University of Malta

1984 Diploma of Notary Public

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