Aug
31

Mediation of Employment Disputes

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Disputes involving employment, whether they are disputes between employers and employees or disputes between employees, are by their very nature highly sensitive and can possibly affect the image and reputation of companies. An employment dispute is traditionally referred to the courts of law or to the Industrial Tribunal where there is always an element of publicity involved and a losing party. Mediation is an alternative method of dispute resolution which presents numerous advantages compared to traditional solutions. Mediation is a voluntary process during whic...
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Aug
31

Re-balancing the Respective Rights & Obligations of Lessors and Lessees

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This article was written by​ Dr. Stephen Muscat and Daniel Vancell Introduction The Reletting of Urban Property (Regulation) Ordinance, Chapter 69 of the Laws of Malta (the "Ordinance"), has been recently amended by virtue of Act XXIV of 2021 1 . The main goal for the introduction of the Ordinance, originally, was to protect the interest of the public by establishing a type of lease which would automatically renew itself and could not be terminated unilaterally upon its expiration. A problem that arose under the Ordinance was the fact that this law placed a restri...
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Aug
10

Amendments to the Aircraft Registration Act

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The Aircraft Registration Act, Chapter 503 of the Laws of Malta (the "Act") and the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure, Chapter 12 of the Laws of Malta (the "COCP") have been amended by virtue of Act No. XXXVII of 2021 (the "Amending Act"). The Amending Act brings about changes to various laws pertaining to aircraft registration. Certified Designee The Amending Act introduces rules pertaining to the appointment of a "Certified Designee" (CD) under an irrevocable de-registration and export request authorisation (IDERA). Whilst the Act previously allowed for t...
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Aug
03

Brexit Blow: Setback for the UK in its Efforts to Join the Lugano Convention.

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The European Commission ("Commission") representing the European Union ("EU") has presented the Swiss Federal Council in its capacity as the Depository of the 2007 Lugano Convention ("Convention") with a Note Verbale regarding the United Kingdom's application to accede to the Convention, submitted on 8 April, 2020. Accession to the Convention would only be possible if the United Kingdom ("UK") were to secure the approval of all existing Convention members, being the EU, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. Iceland and Switzerland have already given their form...
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Jul
21

The Central Bank of Malta Issues Directive 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts

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This article was written by​ Dr Michael Psaila and Mr Neeraj Bharwani. Directive No 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts ('the Directive') was issued by the Central Bank of Malta on 7 th July 2021 with the aim of promoting safe and effective use of cheques and bank drafts ('paper-based instruments') drawn on Maltese banks and financial institutions. Furthermore, institutions which exercise their passporting rights to provide their services in Malta, post office giro payment institutions and the Central Bank of Malta ('Bank') when acting as a payment service pr...
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