July 27, 2021


Let'S Talk Law

Distinct that there is ‘no comprehensive strategy or vision’ to control legal job, lawyers lament

The Chamber of Advocates has lamented at the “piecemeal approach” staying adopted for the regulation of the authorized profession, indicating that a newly tabled invoice can make it crystal clear that the government has no “comprehensive strategy or vision” and that no “well-described strategy” is being followed.

In an open letter to its customers, Chamber of Advocates President Louis Degabriele noted how a freshly proposed bill – Monthly bill 217 – proposes to amend and even delete provisions which ended up enacted into regulation on a handful of weeks in the past, on 20 April this year.

This “is ample evidence of the absence of any very well believed-out and thought of system to control the profession”, the letter reads.

The Chamber again appealed to the governing administration – as it has carried out more than when now – to suspend any further authorized amendments and in its place communicate to all the stakeholders worried in buy to confirm what is expected to appropriately regulate the sector in the 21st century.

Turning specifically to the proposed Invoice 217, Degabriele wrote that there are a variety of problems which will need re-traveling to – major amongst individuals a new concept which appears to divide the legal career between the typical advocate (ie: a law firm) and a “provider of authorized services”.

The division right here generates a difference in between those who have graduated from law and these who have graduated and then gone on to receive a warrant to practice as an advocate.  The university law diploma is basically a prerequisite which one necessitates just before obtaining a warrant, and does not entitle its holder to carry the title of advocate.

“I have to admit that it was a finish surprise for the Chamber that more than the previous handful of many years a range of law graduates from the University of Malta have elected not to sit for their warrant examination, appropriately they have not skilled as advocates and ought to not be considered as such”, Degabriele reported.

“Nonetheless, it looks that a quantity of them, and we have an understanding of that this is rather a sizeable number, have employed by themselves with companies and even the Authorities of Malta in positions where by they are needed to give legal tips and supply other expert services which technically ought to only be offered by duly warranted advocates”, he continued. 

The Chamber disagrees that this predicament should now be legitimised simply just by producing a new class of “professional” termed companies of authorized companies, specially when it is continues to be unclear what the expression legal providers indicates or involves, Degabriele noticed.

“Anyone who wishes to deliver lawful expert services ought to be subjected to the identical policies and warrant examination as an advocate, conserve for European Union procedures in relationship with the mutual recognition of quaifications.  The normal general public should to have certainty and the assurance that any particular person purporting or holding him/herself out as delivering lawful guidance or direction to other folks has absent by means of the correct exams and has efficiently met the proper specifications in advance of this kind of human being is authorized by the state to offer these types of guidance and advice”, he carries on.

The Chamber expressed its belief that this is a key improve which demands further more dialogue in advance of simply currently being adopted.

The Chamber also objected to a quantity of, much more technological, modifications which would be enacted as a result of Bill 217.

It claimed that it is prepared to “immediately offer you its participation for a joint staff to review and suggest correct and in depth laws to regulate the occupation.”

“The Chamber trusts that the Government of Malta will discover the earlier mentioned proposal satisfactory and that jointly we can operate in direction of a much better lawful career.”