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Kirk BrincauLitigation & Dispute Resolution

Mamo TCV Delivers seminar on Debt Collection at Society Education Event

On the invitation of Society Education, on 13th January, 2022 Mamo TCV Advocates delivered a virtual seminar on debt collection. The presentation sought to provide participants with an understanding of the legal framework in Malta and the tools generally used by lawyers when assisting as well as defending a debt collection claim. Attendees were given an overview of the courts and tribunals having the legal competence to decide debt collection claims in Malta and the inherent legal differences which separate them. An in depth overview of the ways in which a creditor may safeguard a claim prior to acquiring an…
Kirk Brincau
1st February 2022
Kirk BrincauLitigation & Dispute Resolution

Landmark Decision on Jactitation Suits

Jactitation suits are a long established remedy found under Maltese procedural law intended to limit one's ability to indefinitely vaunt claims without basis. This type of suit allows any person, whether natural or legal, that has had any form of right vaunted against him in written form to request the court to order the third party claimant to either bring the claim in trial within a period not exceeding three months or be forever precluded from proceeding with such a claim in the future. The remedy is a relatively simple one and while rarely used, due to its practical implications…
Kirk Brincau
27th January 2022
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

European Court of Human Rights Decides that Employee’s Dismissal was in Breach of the Right to Freedom of Expression

This article was written by​ Dr Kirk Brincau and Mélusine QuerciaIn the case of Melike v. Turkey (Application No. 35786/19) decided on the 15th of September 2021 the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter referred to as 'ECtHR') was tasked with deciding whether the applicant's dismissal from employment, which had been based entirely on her liking posts on social media, had breached her right to freedom of expression. The applicant, a cleaner, was an ex-employee of the Ministry of National Education in Turkey who was dismissed from her position by the disciplinary committee for employees in national education of the…
Kirk Brincau
11th November 2021
Litigation & Dispute ResolutionNews

Tenants’ Rights Safeguarded by Constitutional Court

Constitutional Court, Gerald Camilleri et vs Advocate General et, 6th October 2020The Maltese courts of Constitutional Jurisdiction were tasked with deciding a claim of violation of fundamental human rights as filed by the applicants, who had purchased a property in Sliema - in respect of which the provisions of the Housing (Decontrol) Ordinance, Chapter 158 of the Laws of Malta are applicable - and which the applicants knew was tenanted by third parties under a title of lease resulting from a previous title of emphyteusis. Notwithstanding the fact that the applicants were well aware of the tenants' rights and indeed…
Kirk Brincau
8th October 2020
COVID19 MeasuresLitigation & Dispute Resolution

Covid-19 and Contractual relief

It is undeniable that the Covid-19 virus has had, and will continue to have, a material economic impact throughout the world. In Malta specifically the Superintendent of Public Health has taken a number of measures deemed expedient for the prevention and mitigation of disease such as the suspension of organised events, the self-isolation of persons, the closure of the Courts of Justice, the closure of schools as well as the closure of outlets providing a non-essential service.Considering the aforementioned, it is clear that all legal and natural persons are in some way, whether that be directly or indirectly, impacted by…
Kirk Brincau
30th March 2020
COVID19 MeasuresLitigation & Dispute Resolution

Clarification of Powers of Superintendent of Public Health

The Superintendent of Public Health has issued a number of measures (through legal notices) in the wake of the Covid-19 virus in accordance to what is, in the opinion of the Superintendent of Public Health, expedient for the prevention or mitigation of disease. Of note are LN 61 of 2020 (later amended by LN 84 of 2020) which ordered the suspension of all legal and judicial time limits and LN 65 of 2020 (later amended by LN 97 of 2020) which ordered the closure of the Courts of Malta as well as the Court Registry. The taking of these measures is unprecedented…
Kirk Brincau
27th March 2020