Dr George Abela was elected President of the Republic of Malta on the 4th April 2009 .His nomination marks a historical development in the constitutional history of our Island since, for the first time after thirty four years, the President was elected by the unanimous approval of both political parties represented in Parliament.
Dr Abela worked in private practice for thirty-three years and has been a practicing lawyer specialising in Civil, Commercial and Industrial Law. He acted for twenty five years as the legal consultant of the General Workers’ Union and has represented the workers’ interests, affiliated in four separate trade unions. He also represented port workers in the port reform of June 2007, which reform has been hailed by the European Commission as a model in social dialogue to be followed by other member states. He also served as legal advisor to the Medical Association of Malta and other house unions.
For many years, Dr Abela has been deeply involved in the administration of sports in Malta, particularly in football. In 1982, after serving as Vice-President, he was elected to the post of President of the Malta Football Association, which position he held for ten years. During his presidency, the local football association witnessed major changes at its administrative and technical level. Dr Abela represented the local Association in many committees of UEFA. He also sat as an arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Subsequently, he was appointed as the legal consultant to the Prime Minister, in 1996 and was invited to attend cabinet meetings. Dr George Abela served for a number of years as Director of the Central Bank of Malta and as Executive Director for the Bank of Valletta p.l.c. He was also a member of the Electoral Commission responsible for the running of the general elections in 1987. He actively participated in the Malta E.U. Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) in pre-accession negotiations for membership in the European Union, where he formed part of the core group focusing on the legal and social aspects of membership.
Robert Abela is the Managing Partner of Abela Advocates. Robert read law at the University of Malta and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal and Humanistic Studies in 1999 and a Diploma of Notary Public in 2000. He obtained his Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D.) from the University of Malta in 2002, as well as a Diploma in Canonical Marriage Cases Jurisprudence and Procedure. In 2003, Robert was awarded the warrant by the President of Malta to practice as a lawyer in Malta and since then, has practised litigation in the Courts of Malta and Gozo. After obtaining his warrant in 2003, Robert joined Abela Advocates (formerly known as Abela, Stafrace & Associates) which was founded in 1999 by his father George Abela.
Robert provides consultancy services in various branches, specialising in Industrial, Planning, Civil and Family Law.
Robert Abela gained extensive experience in the handling of labour related matters. From the year 2003 till today, Robert has assisted both employers and employees before the Industrial Tribunal apart from representing clients and multiple corporations on various legal issues related to Civil matters.
On the 3rd June 2017, Robert contested the general elections and was elected to the House of Representatives, and thereafter appointed as Legal Consultant to the Prime Minister, with the right to attend Cabinet.
Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates
‘Judicial Accountability and Impeachment’ – Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the Doctor of Laws Degree at the University of Malta
Lydia Abela obtained her Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Malta in 2002. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Legal and Humanistic Studies in 1999 and obtained the Diploma of Notary Public in 2000. Lydia Abela furthered her studies at the University of Malta and obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in International Maritime Law,in 2002. In 2001 she obtained a Diploma in Canonical Marriage Cases Jurisprudence and Procedure. In 2003 Lydia Abela was awarded the warrant by the President of Malta to practice as a lawyer in the Maltese territory and since then has practiced litigation in the Courts of Malta and Gozo and provided legal consultancy services in commercial and labour related issues. In 2004 she was approved as a freelance translator with the Juristes-Linguistes Division of the European Central Bank. Lydia Abela joined Abela Advocates (formerly known as Abela, Stafrace & Associates) after obtaining her warrant in 2003. Her main areas of practice include Commercial and Labour Law, Family Law, Civil Law, Company Law, Cooperatives Law, Shipping Law, Planning and Environmental Law. She is also active in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution proceedings. Lydia Abela provides legal services to the Cooperatives Board, Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja and Palazzo Events Limited amongst other various leading establishments. Having achieved a Masters degree in Maritime law in 2002, Lydia Abela deals with ship related issues and has gained experience in a wide range of ship related matters over the past years.
President of the Council for the Professions Complimentary to Medicine
Languages Maltese, English, Italian, French and German
Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates
2013 Appointed President of the Council for the Professions Complimentary to Medicine
2013 Appointed Secretary to the Board of Cooperatives
‘Ship Registration’ – A Maltese-EU Perspective, Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the LL.M. degree, IMLI, 2002
‘Merchant Shipping (Hours of Work) Regulations, 2002’, Legislative Drafting Project submitted in partial fulfillment of the LL.M. degree, IMLI 2002
‘The Contribution of Certain International Organizations to Maritime Labour Law and to the Protection of the Rights of Seafarers’, Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the LL.D. degree, University of Malta
Ian Borg is one of the associates at Abela Advocates. Dr. Borg read law at the University of Malta and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal and Humanistic Studies in 2008 and a Diploma of Notary Public in 2009. As part of his law degree, Ian Borg obtained a number credits in European Law and particularly in European Company and Competition Law. He graduated as lawyer from the University of Malta in 2011. In 2012, Ian was awarded the warrant by the President of Malta to practice as a lawyer in Malta and since then, has practiced litigation in the Courts of Malta and Gozo. Ian joined Abela Advocates in the year 2013.
Ian provides legal consultancy services in various branches, specialising in Planning, Civil and Constitutional Law. His other areas of practice include Criminal Law, Competition Law and Family Law. He is also active in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. Ian offers consultancy services to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.
By being actively involved in the vast array of legal services offered by the Firm to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Ian has gained extensive experience in Court Litigation, primarily in the fields of Civil and Constitutional Law. Ian is also actively involved in the legal drafting of various planning policies, laws and regulations and also assists in providing legal advice to the various directorates and units within the Authority, including the MEPA Board and Commission.
Languages Maltese, English, Italian and working knowledge of French
‘Tying and Bundling as a Competition Concern under EU Competition Law and US Antitrust Law’– Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the Doctor of Laws Degree at the University of Malta
Ryan Christopher Pace is an associate at Abela Advocates. Ryan read law at the University of Malta, obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) in 2014, his Diploma of Notary Public the following year (2015) and his Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D.) in 2017. In 2018, Ryan was awarded the warrant by the President of Malta to practice as a lawyer in Malta and has, since then, practiced litigation in the Courts of Malta and Gozo.
Ryan first joined Abela Advocates as a legal intern in 2015 and has, since then, gained invaluable experience within various legal fields. Resultantly, Ryan’s areas of practice today include, more prominently, Industrial, Planning, Civil Law. Other areas of practice include Criminal, Citizenship and Family Law. He is also active in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution proceedings.
Throughout his years at University, Ryan also obtained a number of credits in an array of fields pertaining to European Law as well as Maritime Law, taking particular interest in the latter. He is particularly keen on Maritime Spatial Planning and takes great interest in promoting its application.
Languages Maltese, English, French & Italian
‘The Significance of Maritime Spatial Planning for the Management of Marine Space with Particular Reference to Maltese Marine Waters‘– A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) at the University of Malta and awarded the Professor David J. Attard Best Doctor of Laws Thesis Award 2017.