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

Legal 500 2021:


‘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 EMEA 2020:


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.


Chambers Europe 2019:


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.”


Legal 500 2019:


Adrian Attard described as “key lawyer” in the shipping department


Chambers Europe 2018:


Adrian Attard is highly active assisting maritime and shipping clients with a range of disputes. One client recommends him because “he is very meticulous and thorough, two qualities that I believe every lawyer should possess given the intricate nature of certain disputes.”


According to market commentators, associate-to-watch Adrian Attard “is incredibly hard-working and has confidence and expertise” in this field. He assists clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including regulatory compliance.


Legal 500 2018:


Senior associate Adrian Attard described as “noteworthy practitioner”.


Chambers Europe 2017:


Senior associate Adrian Attard is described as “a focused and effective lawyer” by interviewees. Clients add: “I have found him to be meticulous and thorough, two qualities that I believe every lawyer should possess. He also follows up on requirements in a timely manner and always ensures that he is available to address his clients’ queries.” He is a member of the marine litigation department.


Adrian Attard comes recommended by clients, who describe him as “professional and thorough” and commend his “sound legal knowledge of matters related to shipping and cargo.”


Legal 500 2017:


Senior associate Adrian Attard ‘distinguishes himself with the overall service and makes the customer feel protected and taken care of’


Chambers Europe 2016:


Clients are impressed by senior associate Adrian Attard, who debuts in this year’s rankings. He specialises in marine litigation.


Legal 500 2016:


‘up-and-coming’ Adrian Attard singled out by clients.


Senior associate Adrian Attard is ‘very knowledgeable’.


Legal 500 2015:


Adrian Attard attracts high praise.