Karl Briffa

Karl joined GVZH Advocates as an Associate in 2008 and was admitted to partnership in January 2018, heading the firm’s Civil and Commercial practice.

He represents both local and international clients in various commercial, corporate and civil law disputes before the local courts and/or arbitration tribunals, including disputes involving property and conveyancing, construction and development, aviation, land transport, insolvency, shareholder relations, fiduciary obligations of company officials, bodily injuries, energy, insurance cover, competition, gaming and others.  He has extensive experience in employment and labour law related matters mainly advising large employers on several contractual issues, employment policies, union recognition and collective bargaining, transfer of business and collective redundancies as well as represents clients in industrial disputes and claims for unfair dismissals before the competent fora.

In recent years, Karl has assisted high profile local and foreign clients in complex multi-million real estate transactions, garnishing considerable knowledge and experience on development planning matters representing developers before the competent fora on various planning-related disputes.

He assists and advises clients on public procurement matters including representing same before the relative review/appeals boards as required.


Karl holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta and a Magister Juris in Comparative European and Comparative Law also from the University of Malta.


Karl is a member of the Council of the Chamber of Advocates and is a founding member of the Malta Employment Lawyers’ Association (MELA).


Chambers & Partners | 2021 Europe Edition: Karl Briffa enters the rankings with interviewees describing him as an excellent litigator who manages to drive the point across regardless of the nature of the opposing counsel.”

Legal500 | 2020 Edition: Practice head Karl Briffa and associate Ariana Falzon ‘go to great lengths to understand the complex issues that underlie‘ all matters and have ‘a high level of attention to detail‘. Clients also ‘mention Joseph Vella, Karl Briffa and Ariana Falzon here as not only are they experts at litigation, but they go to great lengths to understand the complex issues that underlie the disputes that we have’ and that ‘Dr. Briffa has proved to be a pillar of support.’ A client also adds, ‘On real estate matters I invariably deal with Dr. Karl Briffa whom I find well-versed and knowledgeable on most aspects related to real estate.’ Moreover, Legal500 mentions that Karl Briffa is ‘well versed and knowledgeable‘ across the board.