Susan Lemmon
Course Leader

University of Gibraltar

Susan currently lectures on the Bachelor of Business Administration programme, the Master of Business Administration programme, teaching the Business Law module and is the Course Leader for the Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law.

Susan is a specialist labour and employment lawyer and practiced as a solicitor in the UK since 1999 prior to moving to Gibraltar in 2016. Susan was the first legal counsel appointed at the Engineers Employment Federation (now Make UK) a ‘Union’ for employers set up in 1896 where she provided businesses with employment law advice and representation at tribunal.

Susan also worked at Slater & Gordon (formerly Russell, Jones & Walker), the largest international consumer law firm in the UK and one of the first law firms to go public when it listed on the Australian stock exchange.
She became partner and then managing partner of Simpson Millar law firm’s Newcastle upon Tyne office before being appointed as the Northern head of legal for leading UK trade union, GMB.

Susan has over 20 years of advocacy experience, representing clients at the Employment
Tribunal and she continues to provide legal training and consultancy services to both the public and private sector clients.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws LLB including Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice., from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Andrew Montegriffo
Speaker on Gambling Law

Partner,
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.

Keith Azopardi QC
Speaker on Constitutional Law

Partner,
TSN Barristers & Solicitors

Michelle Garcia
Speaker on EU Law

Crown Counsel
HM Government of Gibraltar

Michelle has been a Crown Counsel at the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in the Government Law Offices since 2012, working principally in the area of European Law. In this role, she has drafted numerous pieces of legislation implementing key pieces of EU law, including the Recast Brussels I Regulation, the Accounting Directive, and Directives relating to automatic exchange of tax information.

More recently, Michelle has played a significant role in the drafting of legislation governing Gibraltar’s exit from the EU, such as the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, and the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Before joining the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Michelle was the legislative drafter for the Financial Services Commission, principally involved in the drafting of financial services and related legislation.

Nicholas Culatto
Speaker on Planning Law

Consultant,
TSN Barristers & Solicitors

Gilbert Licudi QC
Speaker on Trust Law

Partner,
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.

Lloyd DeVincenzi
Speaker on International Law

Senior Advisory Counsel
at the Government Law Offices

Lloyd is the Solicitor General, working in support of the Attorney General to advise Government ministers and departmental officials – often on the legal implications of Government policy options. Much of his work is therefore at the intersection of law and public policy. Since 2016, he has advised or led on a number of post-Brexit projects, notably on international trade agreements and the application of international sanctions. Lloyd has made representations on behalf of HM Government of Gibraltar at several international fora.

Born in Gibraltar and raised in Canada, Lloyd holds a JD and BCL from McGill University (Montreal) and an LLM from University College London. He has also completed the in-person training programmes in international trade law and international investment law and arbitration at the International Law Institute in Washington D.C., and is currently studying competition law through King’s College London.

Additionally, Lloyd holds a graduate diploma in international relations from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in political science from the University of Alberta.

Lloyd is admitted to practice in Gibraltar, England and Wales and New York State.

Ian Felice
Speaker on Company Law

Partner,
Hassans International Law Firm

Justin Rodriguez
Speaker on Family Law

Director,
Verralls Barristers & Solicitors

Justin is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales on 28 November 2013. Justin joined Verralls on 6 January 2014 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar as a barrister on 5 March 2014.

Justin is a focused and keen practitioner. He has partaken in a wealth of general litigious and non-litigious work since being called in Gibraltar and now regularly appears before the Magistrates’ Court and the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in both Divorce, Dissolution and Matrimonial, as well as Criminal matters. Although Justin began his practice primarily as a criminal and general civil litigator, having been firmly based in litigious practice throughout his career, he has now honed and specialised his skill-set and is the main family practitioner at Verralls, while also regularly being instructed in adult and juvenile criminal matters and commercial disputes.

Justin is an accredited Interpersonal Mediator, able to provide such services in family, employment and related disputes as of May 2017.

Justin’s desire to instil a conscientious mind-set to any task which he carries out is at the heart of his approach to the law. He is not easily fazed and boasts a solid and no-nonsense mind-set. His love of advocacy and litigation, his confidence and commitment in dealing with clients, as well as his capacity to go the extra mile are all characteristics of his practice.

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.

Nicholas Howard
Speaker on Landlord & Tenant Law

Partner,
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.

Michael Nahon
Speaker on GDPR

Partner,
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.

Charles Lavarello
Speaker on Property Law

Partner,
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.

Isaac Levy
Speaker on Tax Law

Partner,
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.

Ernest Lima
Speaker on Financial Services I

Partner,
XReg Consulting

Ernest is a qualified lawyer with over 15 years’ experience working in financial services regulation. He practised litigation for 2 years and then joined the financial services team at Hassans International Law Firm where he advised banks, investment firms and other financial institutions on their legal and regulatory obligations.

In 2014, he joined the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) and was appointed Head of Policy in 2017, where he assumed responsibility for maintaining and developing an effective legislative and regulatory framework for Gibraltar. Ernest led and managed the delivery of the Legislative Reform Programme, a flagship project consisting of the single largest reform of Gibraltar’s financial services legislation into a consolidated Act, and supporting regulations. He also led on the transposition of numerous EU Directives and the policy and preparatory work for Brexit. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of the DLT regime in Gibraltar and bringing DLT Providers within scope of AML/CFT legislation.

Ernest is a founding Partner at XReg and their legal and regulatory policy lead, with expertise on the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory frameworks. He is responsible for in-house legal matters and advises clients on regulatory and AML/CFT compliance. Ernest sits on the Financial Markets Law Committee and INATBA’s Finance Working Group.

Louise Carreras
Speaker on Financial Services II

Head of Legal,
GFSC

Louise is Head 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.

Anne Rose
Speaker on Maritime Law

Partner,
Ince

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.

Maurice Turnock
Speaker on Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Clerk of the Magistrates' Court /
Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court

Maurice Turnock was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister of the Supreme Court in 2001 and spent 9 years in private practice before being appointed clerk of the Magistrates’ Court and Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court in 2010.

In his spare he enjoys running and cycling.

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

Partner,
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.

Previous speakers

Daniel Feetham QC

Partner,
Hassans International Law Firm

Peter Montegriffo QC

Team Leader, Partner,
Hassans International
Law Firm

Elliott Phillips

Partner,
Signature Litigation LLP

Elliott qualified as a barrister in England and Gibraltar in 2002. Elliott is an internationally recognised barrister and specialises in global commercial litigation and international contentious trusts disputes. His practice also includes civil fraud, asset tracing, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Uniquely, Elliott is also able to accept instructions to appear before all Courts in England and Wales.

Primarily based in Gibraltar, Elliott is regularly instructed by leading international firms in global commercial litigation in which Gibraltar proceedings are issued or there is a strong Gibraltar connection to litigation. Elliott has considerable experience in the area of international trusts and estates disputes and appears regularly before the Chancery Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and the Court of Appeal on matters relating to the administration of trusts and particularly in relation to applications for directions brought by Trustees and claims brought by beneficiaries.

In 2015, Elliott was duly elected as a Member of Parliament in the Gibraltar Parliament and served as the Shadow Minister for Justice, Equality and Civil Rights between November 2015 and November 2017. On 4 December 2017, Elliott was appointed as Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

Elliott is recognised as a Band 2 individual in both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for General Business Law: Dispute Resolution – Gibraltar.

Christopher Pitto

Associate,
Barrister-at-Law / Acting Solicitor,
Commissioner for Oaths,
Janis Evans Solicitors

Christopher read Law at the University of Plymouth and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2009 at The Middle Temple, following successful completion of the Bar Vocational Course at The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice. He was then called to the bar in Gibraltar in January 2010 and on completing pupillage was made a tenant in chambers and he has been in private practice now for 8 years.

He has a particular expertise as a Family and Criminal Law Barrister. As a Barrister and Acting Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar he has appeared at all levels before the Gibraltar Courts. He also represents and advises clients in respect of non-contentious matters like wills and probate and conveyancing.

Christopher also has a keen interest in History and in his spare time, he is also a trustee of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Cadet Force and Honorary Counsel for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Association Charity.

Kevin Warwick

Senior Crown Counsel,
Government Law Offices

Kevin Warwick was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in 1995 and after a brief spell in general practice, joined Her Majesty’s Attorney General’s Chambers in 1996 and was promoted to Crown Counsel in 1997. At the AG’s Chambers he mainly undertook criminal prosecutions and judicial cooperation work (mutual legal assistance and extradition). In 2003, Kevin transferred to the Legislation Support Unit as a Law Draftsman where he remained until 2004.

In 2004 Kevin moved to the United Kingdom where he worked as an Assistant Parliamentary Counsel at the UK Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (now a part of the Cabinet Office) and then as Head of Mutual Legal Assistance Policy at the UK Home Office where his duties included negotiating MLA Treaties.

Since his return to Gibraltar in 2008 Kevin has been a Law Draftsman at the Government Law Offices, and subsequently Senior Crown Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, Education and Telecommunications, and then the Ministry of Health, Care and Justice, before returning to the Government Law Offices in 2018.

Liam Yeats

Additional Stipendiary Magistrate,
Registrar of the Supreme Court

Liam Yeats was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in 1997 and spent 6 years in general practice before joining Her Majesty’s Attorney General’s Chambers as a Crown Counsel in 2003. At the AG’s Chambers he mainly undertook criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. In 2011 Liam was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel where he worked as the deputy to the Attorney General.

Liam was then appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and additional Stipendiary Magistrate and took up office on the 1 February 2013. He has responsibility for the legal administration of the Supreme Court. As a judicial officer, he sits as a Master in the Supreme Court, generally dealing with small claims, and as a Stipendiary Magistrate in the Magistrates Court. Since July 2016. Liam also sits as an acting Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court.