With litigation being the core activity of SB Advocates, be it civil litigation, commercial, family, property, consumer, corporate, planning, employment or criminal, SB Advocates is actively engaged in litigation before the inferior and superior courts and the various tribunals established by virtue of Maltese Law.
Today the Firm has an experienced team of lawyers in litigation. Lawyers at SB Advocates have also been successfully engaged in employment litigation before foreign courts and tribunals. The litigation lawyers are assisted in Court procedures by two legal procurators. Needless to say, as litigation lawyers, the firm’s lawyers also render legal assistance during numerous mediation and arbitration procedures, and have, on numerous occasions, assisted in successfully concluding out-of-court settlements.
Lawyers at SB Advocates have obtained valuable experience in court procedures by acting as Judicial Assistants in the Superior Courts, including the office of the Chief Justice. This gave the team at SB Advocates an insight of the way the Courts function, the way court documents are prepared and presented as well as a clear understanding on the relevant issues to be kept in mind when delivering a judgment or decision.
Furthermore, Dr Ian Spiteri Bailey also presided on the Small Claims Tribunal for 5 years, on the Planning Appeals Tribunal for 6 years, on a Local Tribunal for Justice for 2 years and on the National Employment Commission for another 3 years. These were first hand experiences whereby justice was administered throughout litigation procedures. Moreover, Dr Ian Spiteri Bailey & Dr Ingrid Bianco have also acted as judicial referees and/or arbitrators on several occasions, giving a first hand opportunity to administer justice during a litigation process, a truly valuable experience. Dr Vicky Cuschieri, from her part, entered the litigation department of the firm from her initial years of traineeship, thus gaining hands on experience at an early stage of her profession.