Karl Tonna
Speaker on The Gibraltar Legal System and Solicitors Accounts Rules & Disciplinary Matters

Registrar for the Supreme Court

Karl Tonna was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in 2002. He spent 4 years as Managing Director of a financial services firm and 7 years in general practice. He joined Her Majesty’s Attorney General’s Chambers as a Crown Counsel in 2013 mainly working on criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. In 2018 he joined the Ministry of Justice as Legal Counsel to the Minister.

Karl was appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and additional Stipendiary Magistrate in October 2019. He is responsible for the legal administration of the Supreme Court and as a judicial officer sits as a Stipendiary Magistrate in the Magistrates Court and a Master in the Supreme Court, generally dealing with small claims.

Darren Martinez
Speaker on Civil Litigation, Court Structure & Civil Procedure Rules

Hassans International Law Firm

Darren is a Partner at Hassans International Law Firm Limited. Darren has a busy and varied practice across most of the litigation department’s practice areas with a particular focus on commercial, insolvency, construction and crypto-currency/distributed technology ledger law.

He appears regularly in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar. He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal for Gibraltar.

Darren has experience appearing before statutory boards and tribunals, including the Development and Planning Commission, the Parole Board and the Business Licensing Authority where he acts for both applicants and objectors. Darren was listed as a “Rising Star” in the Dispute Resolution category in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500.

Michael Nahon
Speaker on GDPR

Hassans International Law Firm

Michael Nahon is a Partner at Hassans.  He has been specialising in Data Protection since 2004. He regularly advises multinational corporations as well as the local gaming, banking and telecoms sectors on their Gibraltar Data Protection and Cyber law obligations.

Michael also conducts data protection audits to assist clients understand their data protection obligations and develop means by which to ensure GDPR compliance. This includes preparation of GDPR compliant policies and in-house training. He is a contributing author to DLA’s Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook, PDP Journals and Data Guidance.

Keith Azopardi KC
Speaker on Constitutional Law

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

Charles Lavarello
Speaker on Property Law

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

Charles is widely regarded as Gibraltar’s leading property lawyer, acting for developers, banks and other clients in real estate transactions. He has advised Government in relation to many Government – backed property schemes, and represented developers in some of Gibraltar’s largest development projects. He has been instructed by banks in relation to large financing projects and is knowledgeable on general commercial matters.

Educated in Gibraltar at the Christian Brothers Line Wall College and Bayside School, Charles read Law in London at Kingston University, completed his Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1989.

Currently Charles is a member of the board of the Gibraltar Health Authority. He previously sat as a member of the board of the Port Authority, and acted as Chairman of the Rent Tribunal.

Anne Rose
Speaker on Maritime Law


Anne specialises in civil and commercial litigation with a key focus on shipping and maritime law. She is a partner at Ince, an international commercial law and business services firm which focuses mainly on maritime shipping and trade. Ince has offices all over the world including in London, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Piraeus and Singapore.

She completed her LLB Honours degree at The University of Sheffield in 2006. In 2007 she completed the Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff University Law School. Anne is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales on the 11th October 2007. She was called to the Bar of Gibraltar on the 29th February 2008.

Anne was made a Partner at Hassans International Law firm in 2017 and was listed as a Next Generation Lawyer by one of the leading legal directories, Legal 500 EMEA, having played a crucial role in the development of the firm’s shipping practice and her impressive reputation in handing shipping litigation including high-profile ship arrests (e.g. Anne represented Valla Yachts, the owner of the futuristic yacht “Sailing Yacht A” following the vessels arrest over a €15.3m dispute with German shipbuilder Nobiskrug). In 2019 she joined Ince as Head of Shipping for the Gibraltar office.

Nicholas Culatto
Speaker on Planning Law

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

Nicholas Howard
Speaker on Landlord & Tenant Law

Hassans International Law Firm

Nicholas is head of Hassans’ busy and vibrant property department and has established himself as one of Gibraltar’s leading property lawyers.

Nicholas’ practice area is predominantly in advising developers across all facets of large scale real estate developments from inception through to completion and he is currently the lead partner advising clients on six of Gibraltar’s biggest developments. In addition to this, Nicholas is also regularly instructed by banks on large property financing transactions.

Nicholas has also advised the Government in respect to the property financing and conveyancing aspects of the single largest affordable housing scheme currently under construction in Gibraltar, to include the drafting of applicable legislation, as well as having advised Government on amendments to the Housing Act.

A law graduate from Leeds University, Nicholas completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in London, as a member of Lincoln’s Inn. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar in 1998.

Isaac Levy
Speaker on Tax Law

Hassans International Law Firm

Isaac is a partner at Hassans International Law Firm. He regularly advises on cross-jurisdictional tax structures, as well as transactions involving global finance institutions. He is also regularly engaged to lead in respect of corporate transactional work.

He has an extensive private client practice which compliments his corporate and tax structuring expertise. He is equally involved in the active management of Gibraltar-based trust and corporate structures and has regularly advised in respect of tax exchange information requirements.

Isaac has been closely involved in drafting numerous changes to Gibraltar’s legislation in his areas of expertise and regularly advises the Government of Gibraltar on local and international tax matters. He has also gained considerable experience in family office practice and investment management concerns and has advised in respect of various collective investment schemes.

Andrew Montegriffo
Speaker on Gambling Law

Hassans International Law Firm

Andrew is a Partner at Hassans International Law Firm and forms part of the corporate and commercial department. He has particular expertise as a Technology and Gaming Lawyer and regularly advises businesses in the gambling and gaming sector (including social gaming and esports). He also regularly advises businesses operating in the fintech space, including those dealing with digital assets, blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Andrew graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLB (Hons) degree before obtaining an LLM in Commercial Law. He has been called to the Bar of England & Wales and Gibraltar.

Louise Carreras
Speaker on Financial Services II

Director of Legal,

Louise is Director of Legal at the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and forms part of its Senior Management Team.

She is responsible for supporting and protecting the GFSC in identifying and mitigating legal risks; providing fair and proportionate risk-based advice to assist the GFSC with achieving its regulatory objectives and functions.
Louise and her team advise the GFSC on the exercise of its powers and functions under the Gibraltar financial services legislative framework as well as on matters involving employment law, contract law and our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation.

In addition, she assists with the GFSC’s Policy development, and instructs and manages all external legal counsel and litigation matters concerning the GFSC.

Louise joined the GFSC in 2017 after practising as a Barrister for 7 years in Triay & Triay, specialising in Litigation.

She graduated from Kingston University with a First Class LLB (Hons) degree in 2009 before completing the Bar Vocational Course and obtaining an LLM in Professional Legal Skills from City University London.

Ian Felice
Speaker on Company Law

Hassans International Law Firm

Gilbert Licudi QC
Speaker on Trust Law

Hassans International Law Firm

Gilbert Licudi QC was called to the Bar in England and Wales and in Gibraltar in 1992. He became a partner of Hassans in 1998 and took silk in 2012.

In 2007, Gilbert was elected as a Member of the Gibraltar Parliament and became a member of the Government following elections in 2011. Between 2011 and 2020, Gilbert held ministerial office with responsibility, at different times, for Financial Services, Gaming, Education, Justice, Telecommunications, Tourism, Port and Maritime Services and Employment. During his time in Government, Gilbert introduced the Companies Act 2014 and was responsible for the establishment of the University of Gibraltar in 2015. He continues to be a Member of the Gibraltar Parliament. In 2016, Gilbert was awarded the degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) by Kingston University for his services to Education. In December 2020, Gilbert was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) in recognition of his “extraordinary contribution to the inception, development and future of the University”.

Gilbert returned to private practice at Hassans in August 2020. He specialises in litigation with a practice which includes advising and representing clients in Commercial, Employment and Trust cases as well as in Sports Law.

Joey Garcia
Speaker on Distributed Ledger Technology

Financial services and
Fintech partner at ISOLAS LLP

Joey Garcia is the financial services and fintech partner at ISOLAS LLP, Gibraltar’s longest established law firm (1892).

He has co-chaired the Gibraltar Government working group on distributed ledger technology and blockchain technology for a number of years and is ranked by Chamber and Partners as one of the top 12 lawyers in the world in the space, as well as by the Legal 500 as an accomplished financial services expert in Gibraltar.

With the working group, Joey has worked alongside the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in the introduction of a new regulatory framework to cover operators in Blockchain space. He acts for a few of the largest operators in the world in the sector and is also a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank bringing together practitioners and regulators from around the world.

Joey is also RSK’s ambassador for Gibraltar, contributes to the US Chamber of Digital Commerce as part of the groups lawyers committee, and also contributed to the first publication covering Global Legal Insights on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation.

He is a regular speaker and contributor to initiatives around the world in this space.

Samai Hurtado
Speaker on Financial Services

Head of Operations & Legal

XReg Consulting

Samai has over 7 years of financial services regulation experience. She began as a practicing barrister and later joined the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), working across various supervisory teams. Her portfolio included firms in insurance, investment services, funds, and more. Separately, she also served as the secretariat to the Gibraltar Investor Compensation Scheme.

Samai moved to the GFSC Policy team as a policy advisor, Samai was part of the team who delivered the Legislative Reform Programme (LRP):  maintaining and developing an effective legislative and regulatory framework for financial services in Gibraltar and implementing regulatory policy and standards formed by HM Government of Gibraltar, the EU, international initiatives, and market changes.

Subsequently, she joined the GFSC’s Legal Team as a legal advisor with a specific focus on matters concerning the exercise of the GFSC’s powers and functions as well as employment law, authorisation, supervision and regulatory compliance.

Currently heads the Legal & Operations arm at XReg Consulting. She manages corporate affairs, daily operations, in-house legal matters and advises on matters related to the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory frameworks.

Yvette Gonzalez
Speaker on International Law

Crown Counsel

HM Government of Gibraltar

Yvette is part of the Office of Advisory Counsel (OAC) of His Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, which provides ministers, departments and statutory agencies with legal advice across the entire spectrum of their activities. Such is the diverse nature of the work that Yvette has also undertaken court work and has appeared together with His Majesty’s Attorney General before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-267/16 Buhagiar and others.

In recent years, especially after Brexit, the OAC has taken on International Trade and Sanctions related work. On the former, Yvette and colleagues work intensely and closely with colleagues in the UK’s Department of Business and Trade and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to provide participation in the new Free Trade Agreements being negotiated by the UK with third countries. On the latter, Yvette and colleagues advise and support Government and its various departments and specialised agencies to ensure the effective implementation of sanctions under the automatic recognition regime of our Sanctions legislation.

Yvette read law at Kingston University in 2001 and then read a master’s degree in law at Kingston University straight after in 2004. She did the bar vocational course at the Inns of Court School of Law in 2005 and was called to the Gibraltar Bar in December 2006.

Nadia Sisarello-Parody
Speaker on EU Law

Crown Counsel

HM Government of Gibraltar

Nadia Sisarello-Parody qualified as a solicitor with a London commercial law firm in 2005 before returning to Gibraltar.  She worked in private practice for a few years and as an in-house lawyer before joining the Government Law offices as legislative drafter where she has been working for the last 15 years.  She works for the Office of Parliamentary Counsel drafting mainly domestic legislation on a wide range of subject areas and played a significant role in the drafting of the extensive range of Coronavirus legislation that was required during the pandemic.

More recently, Nadia was part of the team that drafted the legislation governing Gibraltar’s exit from the EU namely the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 as well as the numerous subsidiary legislation required to give effect to our exit.

Samuel Marrache
Course Leader



Sam is a barrister in the Litigation Department of Hassans International Law Firm Limited. Sam has experience in a wide range of civil and criminal matters, specialising in commercial litigation, and has appeared regularly in the Gibraltar courts since having been Called to the Bar in November 2022. Sam’s busy litigation practice involves a number of areas including commercial disputes, trust law, landlord and tenant disputes, competition law and libel cases.

Sam read Law at University College London (UCL) and graduated with First Class Honours, top of his class, in 2020. He subsequently completed the BPC LLM at the University of Law obtaining a distinction. Sam also graduated top of his class from the Professional Certificate of Competence in Law course, delivered by the University of Gibraltar.