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. Adrian 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.


Oct 2009 – July 2010
Diploma in Taxation, Malta Institute of Taxation

Sept 2009 – June 2010
Masters in International Law, IMO International Maritime Law Institute; Dissertation Title: “The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea High Seas Regime: A Critical Analysis”; Title of Drafting Legislation Project: “An Act to Establish an Exclusive Economic Zone for the Republic of Malta”

Oct 2006 – June 2009
Doctor of Laws, University of Malta; Dissertation Title: ‘The Juridical Nature of the Territorial Sea Under Maltese Law”

Oct 2008 – Jan 2009
Course entitled ‘Diritto della Navigazione’, Universita degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’

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, University of Malta

Memberships & Involvements

Malta Chamber of Advocates – Member
Malta Maritime Law Association – Member
Malta Institute of Taxation – Member

Speaking Engagements
  • ‘Enforcement of Maltese Mortgages: “Enforcement of Mortgages – Details”’ – CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg, Germany, April 2016
  • ‘BOV: Technical and Skills Development Programme” – High Level Insights of the Maritime Law and the Industry’, Hilton, Malta, January 2016
  • ‘Combating Piracy and Upholding Human Rights Law’, ELSA Malta, National Library, Valletta, Malta, December 2015
  • ‘Maritime Malta Seminar’, Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta, December 2015
  • “How to enforce Outstanding Claims”, Facilitating Cross Border Business, organized by The European Commission, in collaboration with the Malta Business Bureau, Malta, January 2014
  • “Seminar on the Licensing of Private Maritime Security Companies Regulations 2013”, organized by Fenech and Fenech Advocates, Malta, April 2013
Articles & Publications