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St. Valentine and the Law

by Dr Carlos Bugeja – Partner Today is the 14th of February. Many will celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day by giving chocolate, cards, and roses. But who was the real Valentine and what does he have to do with law? The legend of St Valentine’s started…

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Hearsay Evidence

by Jacob Magro – Trainee Advocate Painting: “Cardinals Eavesdropping in the Vatican,” by Henri Adolphe Laissement, 1895 The criminal trial, like any other judicial process, is aimed at the search for the truth. Its outcome depends heavily on the evidence produced and the fact finder…

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Installing a Lift

by Dr Carlos Bugeja – Partner It is quite common in this day and age for holders of an airspace above an old apartment block to seek to build further floors and in turn renovate the building. The developer may wish to install a lift…

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New Partner Announcement

New Partner Announcement

Azzopardi, Borg & Abela Advocates is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Carlos Bugeja as Partner. Carlos read Law at the University of Malta. He then pursued his studies with a Masters of Arts in Law degree, choosing Civil Law as his area of…

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Christmas and the Law

by Dr Carlos Bugeja – Senior Associate The Christmas of 1843 was part great and part horrible for the good old Charles John Huffam Dickens, commonly known as Charles Dickens. On one end, he published the ever so famous ‘Christmas Carol’, selling out six thousand…

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Saint Ivo

In Malta, the 17th of December is the feast day of the Catholic patron saint of lawyers, this being Yves Helory de Kermartin, traditionally known to us as Sant’Ivo. Why this is the celebrated date it is not really known, since really and truly, he…

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Insurance Fraud: The Law

by Dr Rebecca Mercieca – Junior Associate ‘Insurance fraud’, the wrongful obtaining of money or other benefits offered under an insurance policy occurs in three different ways, namely; the exaggeration of a genuine claim of a loss by submitting misleading or untruthful circumstances- Opportunistic Fraud.…

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Recidivism

by Jacob Magro – Trainee Advocate Generally speaking, the term ‘recidivist’ refers to ‘relapse’, which derives from the Latin term ‘recado’. In terms of Article 49 of the Maltese Criminal Code, “A person is deemed to be a recidivist, if after being sentenced for any…

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