Ann Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates – Malta.  She 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.  In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in June 2008.

 

She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of 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 worked on landmark cases including the explosion on board the Um El Faroud, the disappearance of the trawler Simshar, the Poker cases leading to a redrafting of the law on jurisdiction in rem; Finaval v Scorpio resulting in the largest award in damages at the time and the first ever court approved private sale of the vessel Thor Spirit.  She has extensive experience in Marine related transactional including having acted for the Malta Privatisation Unit on the privatisation processes related to the then Malta Drydocks.

 

She is 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 sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure.  She lectures extensively on the subject of Maritime Law in Malta and abroad.

 

Dr. Fenech lectures on Salvage, Pilotage, Towage and Collisions as well as Carriage of Goods by Sea at the University of Malta and delivers a series of lectures on Maritime Practice at the International Maritime law Institute.

 

She has written several articles in a number of publications and is responsible for the Chapter on Malta in the Ship Arrest Handbook published by LLP Ltd 1997 Edition; Shipping and International Trade Law published by Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Ltd Edition 2015 and The Shipping Law Review published by Law Business Research Ltd Third Edition 2016.

 

In June 2008 she was elected President of the Malta Maritime Law Association.

 

In October 2010 she was appointed Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London.  In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy under the auspices of the Maltese Chamber of Advocates and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International – the international organisation responsible for drafting the vast majority of international maritime conventions. She was subsequently chosen to chair the International Working group on Ship Finance Security Practices. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International. In November 2018 she was elected as Vice President to the Executive Council of the Comité Maritime International.

Education
  • 1988-1989  LL.M. Degree in Maritime Law, University of London
  • 1986  LL.D. Degree, University of Malta. Thesis: ” Liability without fault and the theory of Created risk in Tort”
  • 1985  Preparation of thesis at the Institute of advanced legal studies in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK
  • 1984  Diploma of Notary Public, University of Malta
Memberships and Involvement

November 2018 Elected as Vice President to the Executive Council of the Comité Maritime International

2017 Appointed Executive Councillor of the Comite Maritime International for a second term
2016 Appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the Board of Malta Marittima Agency, a newly formed government agency

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

2014 Appointed Executive Councillor of the Comite Maritime International
2013 Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy
December

2012 – December 2013 Director of Bank of Valletta p.l.c.

2012-present Appointed Director of the public listed company Premier Capital plc
2012-present Appointed Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd Legal Correspondent for Malta

2011-present Lecturer on the Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner at the International Maritime Law Institute

2010-present Appointed American Club Legal Correspondent for Malta
2010-present Appointed Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation

2008-present Elected President of the Malta Maritime Law Association

November 2008 – May 2015 Member of the Yachting Services Trade Section
2008-present Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates
March 2008-May 2008 Appointed Director of Enemalta Corporation
2007-2008 Appointed Director of Malta Industrial Parks
2002-present Appointed West of England P&I Club Legal Correspondent for Malta
2002-present Appointed Arbitrator in Maritime Law by The Malta Arbitration Center
2000-2010 Chairman of The Pilotage Board
1993-present Lecturer on Carriage of Goods by Sea and Salvage, Towage & Pilotage at the University of Malta
1993-1996 Lecturer on charterparties at the International Maritime Law Institute
Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates
Member of the International Bar Association
Founding Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association and current President
Member of the European Maritime Law Organization (London, U.K.)
Consociate of the London Institute of Marine Engineers
Associate Member of the International Salvage Union
Member of the Institute of Petroleum (London, U.K.)
Member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association
Member of Ship Arrested
Member of Melita Historika (Malta)
Member of the University of London Graduate Society

Speaking Engagements
  • “Promoting Women Participation in Maritime Legal Practice” – Empowering Women in Maritime Affairs, International Maritime Law Institute, April 2019
  • “Legal Sectors Seminar” Junior Chamber of Advocates, University of Malta, Feb 2019
  • “Flying the Malta Flag”, interview in The Commercial Courier, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Oct/Nov 2018
  • “The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner”, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, October 2018
  • “When owners default – The Indian Empress and other considerations” – Marine Money 11th Annual Superyacht Finance Forum, Monaco, September 2018
  • Delivered a lecture at the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Maritime Law – “Modern Challenges of Marine Navigation” Split, Croatia, September 2018
  • Delivered a lecture at the ELSA Summer Law School 2018 – University of Malta – “Salvage, Towage and Collision”, August 2018
  • Represented the Comite Maritime International at the fifty first session of UNCITRAL at the UN in New York, June 2018
  • International Recognition of Judicial Sales – Spanish Maritime Law Association Congress Madrid, Spain, June 2018
  • Automation: A legal perspective – The Nautical Institute, Technical Seminar & AGM 2018, May 2018
  • The Malta Flag – An asset to the owner in search of Finance,  The International Propeller Clubs Italy and Malta Maritime Forum, April 2018
  • Crucial Superyacht Knowledge for the Modern Trustee, STEP Malta Conference, April 2018
  • High level technical Colloquium on a Draft International Instrument on Foreign Judicial Sales of Ships and their Recognition, Chamber of Commerce, Malta, February 2018
  • Chair – Malta Maritime Law Association seminar on “New Frontiers in the Maritime Environmental Law Sector”, Chamber of Commerce, Malta, November 2017
  • Delivered a lecture “Maritime Malta” at the European Law Network meeting held at the offices of Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Valletta, Malta, October 2017
  • The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, October 2017
  • Ship Finance Security Practices, Intranslaw 2nd International Conference on Transport and Insurance Law, Zagreb, Croatia, October 2017
  • Delivered a lecture on Ship Finance Security Practices at the Comité Maritime International/AIDIM Seminar in Genoa Italy, September 2017
  • Delivered a lecture at the ELSA Summer Law School 2017 University of Malta, “Salvage, Towage and Collision”, August 2017
  • Delivered welcome address at the Fenech & Fenech IP Forum at Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, Malta, June 2017
  • Salvage Collisions and Towage, West of England P & I Club, London, UK, March 2017
  • Salvage, Collisions and Towage, Shipowners’ Club, London, UK, March 2017
  • Delivered welcome address at The Malta Maritime Law Association Conference 2017 on “Developing Trends in Ship Finance” at The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Valletta Malta, March 2017
  • ”The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner”, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, November 2016
  • Moderated a panel to discuss the Cape Town Convention at the Malta Maritime Summit, October 2016
  • Delivered welcome address at “The Malta Employment Law Conference 2016” at Fort St Elmo, Valletta Malta, September 2016
  • Salvage, Towage and Collisions, ELSA Malta Maritime Law Summer Law School, Malta, August 2016
  • Malta Maritime Forum – “Progress Meeting”, Europa House, Valletta, June 2016
  • MIM The Yacht & Superyacht Symposium 2016: “The Evolution of a Maritime Centre”. Westin Dragonara, St. Julians Malta, June 2016
  • Chair – International Working Group on Ship Finance Security Practices at the 42nd International Conference of the Comité Maritime International, New York, May 2016
  • Enforcement of Maltese Mortgages: “Enforcement of Mortgages – General”, CMS Hasche Sigle, Hamburg, Germany, April 2016
  • Addressing the Launch of Malta Marittima, as President of the Malta Maritime Law Association. A newly formed government agency. Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu, April 2016
  • The Malta Maritime Law Association and The Malta International Shipowners’ Association: “Review of Volume II of the IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law, Chamber of Commerce, Malta, April 2016
  • Malta Maritime Law Association in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Commerce: “MLC Compliance for the Yachting Sector”, Maritime Labour Convention, Chamber of Commerce Malta, March 2016
  • BOV: “Technical and Skills Development Programme” – High Level Insights of the Maritime Law and the Industry, Hilton Malta, January 2016
  • Maritime Malta Seminar, Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta, December 2015
  • Combating Piracy and Upholding Human Rights Law, ELSA Malta National Library, Valletta, Malta, December 2015
  • The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, October 2015
  • Addressing the launch of the Malta Maritime Forum on the development of the Maritime Sector in Malta, Europa House, Valletta, Malta, October 2015
  • EU Legal Instruments in the context of International Maritime Disputes, Intranslaw, Zagreb, Croatia, October 2015
  • The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner, ELSA Malta Maritime Law Summer Law School, Malta, August 2015
  • Exploring the future of Shipping, Marine and Maritime Industries in the Mediterranean, African and European Region, 1st MARE Forum, Malta, April 2015
  • The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, October 2014
  • The legal development of a Maritime Nation, World Maritime University, Transport Malta, Malta, May 2014
  • What keeps you awake at night, Joint EMLO and MMLA Seminar, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta, May 2014
  • Malta – An Aviation & Marketing Jurisdiction, STEP Malta Conference, Hilton Hotel, Malta, March 2014
  • US Embassy Speed Monitoring Event, US Embassy, Malta, March 2014
  • Civil Liability in Maritime Transport, Business Leaders Malta, Radisson Blu, Malta, December 2013
  • MMLA “European Maritime Day Celebration”, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta, May 2013
  • Interesting Episodes in the life of Tug Malta Ltd. , Launch of book Malta Tugs, Malta Maritime Museum, Malta, May 2013
  • Sharing Parental and Career Responsibilities, Malta Institute of Management, Villa Arrigo, Malta, May 2013
  • The legal development of a Maritime Nation, World Maritime University, Transport Malta, Malta, May 2013
  • An important 10th Anniversary, 47th General Meeting of the European Maritime Pilots Association, Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, April 2013
  • The Piracy Phenomenon, Licencing of Private Maritime Security Companies Regulations, 2013, Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, Malta, April 2013
  • Opportunities in Superyachts, Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta, March 2013
  • The Maritime Labour Convention, Malta Maritime Law Association, Malta, February 2013
  • Ambassadors’ Circle Working Breakfast, Villa Bologna, Malta, February 2013
  • Mothers in Management, Malta Institute of Management, Brussels, February 2013
  • UNCLOS at 30, International Ocean Institute & University of Malta, Malta, November 2012
  • ELSA Malta Law Review Debate, European Law Students Association (ELSA) Malta, November 2012
  • General Characteristics of a local Maritime Lawyer, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta, September 2012
  • The Role of a Maritime Law Practitioner in the Shipping Industry, International Maritime Law Institute, September 2012
  • The Development of a Maritime Nation, organised by the Rotary Club, Malta, May 2012
  • This is Superyacht Malta on the invitation of Camper and Nicholson Marinas during Malta Month at Harrods, London, March 2012
  • TVAM interview regarding the Costa Concordia, January 2012
  • France 2 television interview regarding Maltese maritime law, January 2012
  • The Development of a Maritime Nation, organised by Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Malta, December 2011
  • Study Workshop on the Amelia Cacace, organised by the Malta Maritime Law Association, Malta, November 2011
  • Yacht and Superyacht Registration in Malta, organised by Transport Malta, France, November 2011
  • 2011 Business Networking Event – Expand Your Opportunities, organised by the Junior Chamber International Malta, Malta, October 2011
  • Maritime Law Review, organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA), Malta, August 2011
  • Yachting in Malta: the Way Forward, Superyacht Industry Seminar, Malta, April 2011
  • Chairing discussion on IVF, organised by AZAD, Malta, March 2011
  • Maritime Malta Contemporary Legal issues, World Maritime University students, Malta, February 2011
  • User perceptions – other professions, organised by the Malta Institute of Accountants, Malta, December 2010.
  • Financing new buildings in the current climate, organised by Studio Legale Lauro, Naples, Italy, October 2010
  • Yacht and Superyacht Registration in Malta, organised by Transport Malta, London Stock Exchange, United Kingdom, October 2010
  • Il-Qasam Marittimu, during Vizjoni 2015 Forum, PN Headquarters, Malta, May 2010
  • Superyacht Flag Registration, Captain’s Forum, held at the Yacht Club de Monaco, Monaco, April 2010
  • The Rotterdam Rules – A new International Regime for Cargo Claims, organised by the Malta Maritime Law Association, Malta, February 2010
  • Responsibility and Vulnerability of the Flag State in piracy and hijacking cases, World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, November 2009
  • Legal Framework supporting the Yachting Industry in Malta, Superyacht Seminar, Malta, April 2009
  • Chairing Seminar “Environmental Salvage”, organised by the Malta Maritime Law Association in conjunction with the International Salvage Union, Malta, September 2008
  • Ship Arrest in Malta, Comprehensive Guide to Ship Arrests, Lloyds Maritime Training Programme, London, November 2007
  • Pondering on the EU Green Paper on Maritime Policy, International Ocean Institute, Malta, November 2006
  • Green Paper on an Integrated Maritime Policy. Where does Malta fit in?, Vodafone Economic Forum, Malta, September 2006
  • Investigations from the view of the P&I, European Maritime Accident Investigators International Forum, Malta, March 2006
  • Legal issues in Port Environment, World Maritime University students, Malta, February 2005
  • Arrest of Ships in Malta, Lloyds Maritime Training Programme, London, November 2004
  • Legal issues in Port Environment, World Maritime University students, Malta, February 2004
  • Law in the context of Port Policy and Management, Malta-Commonwealth Third Country Programme 2002, Malta, November 2002
  • Port Management, World Maritime University students, Malta, February 2002
  • Where is Maritime Malta Heading?, The Chartered Institute of Transport (Malta), Malta, May 2001
  • Maltese Law and Towage, World Maritime University students, Malta, February 2001
  • Port Legislation, Malta-Commonwealth Third Country Programme 2000, Malta, June 2000
  • Maltese Law and Salvage, IBA Conference, Amsterdam, May 2000
  • Port Legislation, Malta-Commonwealth Third Country Programme 1999, Malta, September 1999
  • Arbitration & Arrest of Ships, European Law Students Association (ELSA), Malta, August 1999
  • Jurisdiction in Rem and Arrest, Malta Maritime Law Association, Malta, October 1997
  • The difference between Salvage and Towage, Tug Malta Ltd, Malta, May 1997
  • A lawyer’s involvement with a Tug Company, World Maritime University students, Malta, May 1997
  • Charter Parties, European Law Students Association (ELSA), Malta, November 1993
Articles and Publications
  • “Regulating the future”, published by The Times of Malta Supplement Maritime and Logistics, May 2019
  • Interview with the The Superyacht New Build Report – “Forced Judicial Sales and the case of Indian Empress”, February 2019
  • “Judicial Sale by auction of Indian Empress” published in the International Law Office, September 2018
  • “The judicial sale by auction of the Indian Empress”, published in The Times of Malta Supplement Business and Finance, August 2018
  • “Properly regulated judicial sales of ships”, published by The Times of Malta Business and Finance, May 2018
  • Interview with The Malta Business Observer entitled “Guaranteeing quality shipping under the Malta flag”, March 2018
  • “Colloquium on international recognition of judicial sales”, published in the International Law Office, March 2018
  • “Having a strong international voice”, published in The Times of Malta Supplement Maritime and Logistics, March 2018
  • “Malta Colloquium on the international recognition of judicial ship sales”, published by The Sunday Times of Malta, March 2018
  • Interview with The Times of Malta Supplement Maritime and Logistics entitled “A sea of opportunities”, October 2017
  • “Protection of mortgagees under Maltese law”, published in the Expert Guides, International Trade and Shipping, January 2017
  • “Maritime Malta” – legal perspective, published by the International Law Office, November 2016
  • “Malta Chapter”, published in The Shipping Law Review, August 2016
  • “Maritime Malta the legal perspective” published by The Malta Maritime Directory, April 2016
  • “Developments in Malta” published in The Shipping and Transport International, January 2016
  • “Malta’s Maritime Vocation”, published in The Golden Book of Business Malta, November 2015
  • “Wrongful arrest of ships (2)”, published by The Sunday Times of Malta, October 2015
  • “Malta has a strong spontaneous maritime vocation indeed”, published by the Ship2shore website, August 2015
  • “Malta Chapter”, published in The Shipping Law Review, August 2015
  • “Wrongful arrest of ships”, published by the International Law Office, May 2015
  • “Wrongful arrest of ships”, published by the Times of Malta, May 2015
  • “Court-approved Private Sales”, published by the International Law Office, March 2015
  • “Malta’s court-approved private sales work to the benefit of all involved”, published by TradeWinds, February 2015
  • “Malta – A Maritime Jurisdiction”, published by Expert Guides, January 2015
  • “When can you arrest a vessel?”, published by The Sunday Times of Malta, September 2014
  • “Malta Chapter”, published in The Shipping Law Review, August 2014
  • “Maritime Malta”, published by The Economic Observer, June 2014
  • “Maritime Malta, the legal perspective”, published by The Malta Maritime Directory, May 2014
  • “20 Years of Maritime Law”, published by The Times of Malta, April 2014
  • “An Entrepreneurial and Innovative Edge”, published by The Economic Update, February 2014
  • “Malta Developments”, published by Shipping & Transport International, December 2013
  • “Malta’s Maritime Vocation” published by Property & Life Magazine, December 2013
  • “Law of the Sea”, published by The Sunday Circle, November 2013
  • “Private maritime Security Licence Rules”, published by The Malta Maritime Directory, April 2013
  • “New legislation introduces first scheme for private maritime security licensing”, published by International Law Office, April 2013
  • “Private maritime security licence rules are another notch for Malta”, published by The Times of Malta, March 2013
  • “Le ghall-medicina, iva ghal-ligi”, Interview with “Il-Mument”, February 2013
  • “Malta defends itself on tonnage tax”, published by IHS Fairplay, January 2013
  • “Why the Malta Flag?”, published by Yachting in Malta December 2012
  • “Some fishermen have false sense of security”, Interview with the Times of Malta, September 2012
  • “Time for men to share family duties”, Interview with the Sunday Times of Malta, July 2012
  • “Ann Fenech gets ‘Best in Shipping and Maritime’ European law award”, Interview with the Times of Malta, June 2012
  • “Cruise control”, Interview on the Lawyer Magazine, May 2012
  • “Court further confirms rights of Mortgagees under Maltese Law”, published by ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, February 2012
  • Interview on Shipping & Transport International, January 2012
  • Malta offers ‘good value for money’ as a ship register, Interview in the Times of Malta Business Section, January 2012
  • Interview with IHS Fairplay entitled “Law Finds Solutions”, January 2012
  • “Rights of the Mortgagee under Maltese Law” (Part 2), published by The Times of Malta, January 2012
  • “Rights of the Mortgagee under Maltese Law” (Part 1), published by The Times of Malta, December 2011
  • “Court announces additional advantages for mortgagees of Maltese vessels” published by ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, December 2011
  • “Fenech & Fenech law firm celebrates 120 years”, published by The Times of Malta, December 2011.
  • “Malta – Ahead in the Med”, Interview with SuperYacht Business Magazine, August 2011
  • “Strategic Move to Malta – a Lifestyle Choice”, interview with The Daily Telegraph, July 2011
  • “Looking beyond the Registry” interview with Lloyds’ Fairplay, May 2011
  • “Two years on – legal developments” published by the Malta Business Weekly, May 2011
  • “Courts award record level of damages in Aframax tanker case”, ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, March 2011
  • “Women quotas” not the way forward”, published by The Business Times (Malta), March 2011
  • Interview with “In-Nazzjon” concerning the incident relating to the M.V. Steve Irwin with the Maltese tuna pens, June 2010
  • “Current developments in Malta”, published by Shipping & Transport International, May 2010
  • “How Mortgagees Can Protect Their Position Under Maltese Law”, International Law Office, September 2009
  • “Mortgagees and Maltese Law”, published by Lloyd’s List Malta Special Edition, August 2009
  • Chapter on Malta in “International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution 2009 “, published by Global Legal Group Ltd. January 2009
  • “Salvage Seminar”, published by The Malta Economic Update, December 2008
  • “Mediterranean Focus – Malta”, published by Shipping & Transport International, November 2008
  • “Why choose the Malta Flag for your yacht?”, published by Yachting in Malta, August 2008
  • “Beyond Potential”, published by The Malta Economic Update, June 2008
  • “Arrest of Ships in Malta” published by International Law Office, April 2008
  • “Arrest of Ships and Actions in Rem”, published by Lloyd’s Ship Manager, December 2007 / January 2008
  • “Problems with Pollution”, published by The Malta Economic Update, December 2007
  • Chapter on Malta in “International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution 2008 “, published by Global Legal Group Ltd,  November 2007
  • “Ship Registration and Finance” published by International Law Office, September 2007
  • “Court Issues Largest-Ever Damages Award in Finaval Case” published by International Law Office, August 2007.
  •  “New VAT Scheme for Yacht Leasing” published by International Law Office,  August 2007
  • “Impact of the Commercial Yacht Code” published by International Law Office, June 2007
  • “Forging a comprehensive policy”, published by The Malta Economic Update, June 2007
  • “The yachting and cruise line industries”, published by The Business Times (Malta), May 2007
  • “Ship Registration changes pay off”, published in Lloyd’s Loading List, September 2006
  • “Expected Legal Developments in 2006” published by International Law Office, July 2006
  • “European accession keeps legal community on its toes”, published by Lloyd’s List, May 2006
  • “Legal case studies”, published by Lloyd’s Ship Manager, December 2005 / January 2006
  • “Call of the seas”, published by The Malta Economic Update, December 2005
  • “Course adjustments”, published by The Business Times (Malta), December 2005
  • “Maltese legal eagles settle into EU rules nest”, published by Lloyd’s List, October 2005
  • “Bare necessities”, published by The Maritime Advocate, October 2005
  • “Stowaway case study: Lydia Oldendorff”, published by Fairplay, October 2005
  • “Keeping the legal wheels turning”, published in Lloyd’s Loading List, September 2005
  • “Malta’s shipping laws set for an overhaul to reflect today’s realities”, published by The Malta Business Weekly, September 2005
  • “Actions in rem”, published by The Times of Malta, June 2005.
  • “Latest developments in Shipping Law in Malta” published by Lloyd’s Ship Manager, December 2004
  • “Changing Arrest”, published by The Maritime Advocate, October 2004
  • “At the heart of the International Maritime Community”, published in Lloyd’s Loading List, September 2004
  • “Malta enacts liability convention”, published by The Maritime Advocate, February 2004
  • “Malta at the heart of the International Maritime Community”, published in Seatrade, January/February 2004
  • “Malta welcomes new pilot regs”, published by The Maritime Advocate, October 2003
  • “Flexibility introduced for foreign shipowners”, published in Lloyd’s Loading List, September 2003
  • “Maltese Register Goes International”, published by The Maritime Advocate, April 2003
  • “Section 37 Of The Merchant Shipping Act:  Does The Present Section 37 Of The Merchant Shipping Act Satisfy The Requirements Of The Industry?”, published in Law & Practice, The Malta Chamber of Advocates, December 2002
  • “Malta Benefits Mortgages”, published in Lloyds Ship Manager, June 2002
  • “Suing The Ship”, published in The Maritime Advocate, January 2002
  • “Better Value For Clients As Law Firms Specialise”, published in Lloyds List, November 2001
  • “The Shipping Industry In Malta And The Present Pilotage Controversy”, published in The Sunday Times Of Malta, October 2001
  • “Fenech Presses Authorities For Maritime Law Update”, published in Lloyds Loading List, September 2001
  • “To Sue Or Not To Sue”, published in the Lloyds Ship Manager, July/August 2001
  • “Salvage”, published in Maritime & Transport Law, International Bar Association, March 2001
  • “A Proposal For Shipping Law Reform”, published in Law & Practice, The Malta Chamber of Advocates, December 2000.
  • “Litigation In The New Millenium”, published in the Lloyds List, November 2000
  • “Justice For The Giant Fleet”, published in the Lloyds Ship Manager, July 2000
  • “Maritime Law In Malta”, published in The Maritime Advocate, May 2000
  • “Flying The Flag On The High Seas”, published in The Times of Malta, January 2000
  • “Abandoned Vessels Still A Problem”, published in the Lloyds List, November 1999
  • “No More Plain Sailing – New Powers Of Arrest Make Maltese Waters More Treacherous For Vessels That Fall Below Standards”, published in the Lloyds Ship Manager, July 1999
  • “Dispute Resolution In The International Oil And Gas Industries”, published in The Sunday Times of Malta, December 1998
  • “Caseload Warrants Dedicated Maritime Courts And Arbitration In Malta”, published in The Maritime Advocate, April 1998
  • “Shipowners In Default And Judicial Sales By Auction In Malta”, published in Maritime Law & Arbitration – Special Issue of the Baltic Magazine, March 1998
  •  Chapter on Malta in “Arrest Of Ships Handbook”, published by Lloyds of London Press,  1997
  • “Vessel Arrest Law Needs To Be Brought In Line With Reality”, published in the Lloyds List, November 1997
  • “Arrest Of Ships And Counter Security”, published in the Lloyds Ship Manager, July 1997
  • “Section 37 Proves A Pleasant Surprise”, published in the Lloyds List, November 1996
  • “Maritime Law And The Law”, published in ELSA – Malta Maritime and Finance, June 1994
  • Article on registration of ships, published in Fairplay, 24th June 1993
  • “Salvage And L.O.F. ’90”, co-author with Mr.  Archie Bishop, Senior Partner of Holman, Fenwick and Willan, published in The Sunday Times of Malta, February 1991
  • “Arrest Of Vessels In Malta”, published in the Lloyds List, November 1990
  • “1989 And The Law On The Carriage Of Goods By Sea”, published in the Lloyds List, February 1990
  • “An Introduction To The Maltese Legal System”, published in the Lloyds List, November 1989
  • “An Electronic Alternative To The Traditional Bill Of Lading”, published in Corporate Briefing, June 1989
Awards

Awarded Elite Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year at the Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards 2015

Best in Shipping and Maritime Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group “European Women in Business Law Awards 2015”, 2015
Best in Shipping and Maritime Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group “European Women in Business Law Awards 2014”, 2014
Best in Shipping and Maritime Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group “European Women in Business Law Awards 2012”, 2012
Marquis Scicluna Scholarship, 1985

Recommendations

Chambers Europe 2018:

 

Ann Fenech is acclaimed by sources for her acumen in marine litigation matters. She is praised by clients, who say: “She is experienced, a hard negotiator, and she provides a Rolls-Royce service.” They also praise her bedside manner, highlighting that she “is very good with people and she listens well, while always looking for win-win advice.”

 

The “superb” Ann Fenech focuses on maritime litigation matters. Market sources say that “her personal expertise is unparalleled in matters of shipping law” and appreciate her “professional yet open and friendly approach, with a can-do attitude that is infectious.”

 

Legal 500 2018:

 

Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ department is ‘the first choice for maritime dispute resolution’ and also handles TMT and IP cases, employment disputes and general litigation. Ann Fenech is ‘one of the best in the market for marine litigation’.

 

Chambers Europe 2017:

 

Managing partner Ann Fenech heads the firm’s marine litigation and yachting departments. She elicits high praise from interviewees who consider her a leading practitioner in this space and describe her as “a top maritime lawyer.” They also praise her “responsiveness and clear, straightforward opinions” and go on to say: “She is well-prepared and sharp, with a great approach.”

 

She also has unparalleled expertise in the Maltese shipping arena, where sources deem her “a leader, who is capable of dealing with tight deadlines.” They also praise her “professional yet friendly approach and can-do attitude.” One source adds: “Her style, approach and expertise can be described in one word – excellent.”

 

Chambers HNWI 2017:

 

Ann Fenech is the managing partner of the firm and heads up the marine litigation department. She has many years of experience in the industry and is recognised for her work in VAT matters and ownership structures. A market commentator describes her as “a very good lawyer who knows her work inside out,” while another interviewee says: “Ann is very academic in her approach, which is what you need when asking about Maltese law.” Fenech is a leading member of the Malta shipping community and sits on the boards of a number of industry associations.

 

Legal 500 2017:

 

Ann Fenech is ‘distinguishes herself with the overall service and makes the customer feel protected and taken care of’.

 

Ann Fenech adopts a ‘tough, no-nonsense, but still reasonable approach that helps to find solutions’

 

Chambers Europe 2016:

 

“Identified as a “Notable Practitioner” in Shipping and Dispute Resolution, both in Band 1: Managing Partner Ann Fenech is lauded by clients, who describe her as “very professional, highly knowledgeable and well prepared.” Peers also consider her a standout name in the market and praise her specialisation in shipping litigation. Ann Fenech heads the firm’s yachting and marine litigation departments. She earns extensive praise from market commentators, who label her a “shipping expert.” They also describe her as “one of the global authorities on maritime law.””

 

Legal 500 2016:

 

Shipping department team head Ann Fenech is identified as ‘the queen of the Malta Maritime Bar and a joy to work with not withstanding her prominence’.
Listed as a ‘highly respected’ leading individual ranked in Tier 1.

 

Chambers Europe 2015:

 

Identified as a “Notable Practitioner” in Shipping and Dispute Resolution, both in Band 1:“Managing partner Ann Fenech is unanimously regarded as a long-standing expert in maritime law. Sources say: ‘She is definitely a name in the maritime industry and very strong in litigation’. Ann Fenech is an acknowledged leading practitioner in maritime law and handles contentious as well as transactional matters.”

 

Legal 500 2015:

 

Shipping department team head Ann Fenech is identified as ‘the number-one expert in maritime matters in Malta’.
Listed for outstanding lawyers nationwide as an “Elite Leading lawyer” for Dispute Resolution.

 

Chambers Europe 2014:

 

Listed under Band 1 for Shipping
“Managing partner and department head Ann Fenech is considered “the respected authority” for questions in this area. One source states: ‘She has strong knowledge of shipping law, makes a clear analysis of the issues, and maintains a high level of involvement throughout the life of the case’.” 
Listed under Band 1 for Dispute Resolution
Managing partner and marine disputes expert Ann Fenech is widely regarded as one of the best litigators in Malta.
Listed under Band 1 for Shipping and as a “Star Individual” for Shipping for another year running.

 

Legal 500 2014:

 

Marine department head Ann Fenech is ‘always available to respond to any and all queries’.

 

Chambers Europe 2013:

 

For another year running, Dr Fenech listed as a Star Individual for Shipping
“Sources recognise Ann Fenech as ‘amongst the top shipping lawyers in Malta’. As one client attests: ‘She’s very responsive to what the client wants and really enthusiastic about her job. Simply excellent“.
Listed under Band 1 for Dispute Resolution
Marine litigation expert Ann Fenech has a towering reputation in the Maltese market. Clients describe her as ‘dynamic, efficient and straightforward“.

 

Legal 500 2013:

 

“Ann Fenech has ‘vast experience in shipping’” and “is ‘very fast on her feet’“.

 

IFLR1000 2013:

 

“A client is particularly satisfied with Fenech: ‘She’s among the very best’.”