Senior Partner & Chairman

Joseph J. Vella


Joseph currently occupies the role of Chairman of the Firm. His main area of practice is the commercial and corporate field and he looks after a prestigious and varied client list among which are prominent local and foreign, privately owned companies. Joseph has participated in a number of public offerings as well as the listing of Bonds and other securities on the Malta Stock Exchange.

He has gained considerable experience in representing clients overseas, particularly with respect to cross border acquisitions and the hospitality industry. Joseph also acts as a director on the Boards of several prominent organisations including public and public interest companies and is regularly mentioned in specialist legal publications as a leading practitioner in Malta.

Education & Court Admissions

Joseph was called to the Bar in Malta in 1973.

GVZH Advocates

192 Old Bakery Street,
VLT 1455,


Clients ‘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 GVZH Advocates are ‘Specialists in the area of aviation, with very high standards in all aspects. Very accurate when advising (Joseph Vella and Katrina Abela).’ Moreover, Legal500 adds that chairman and managing partner Joseph J. Vella ‘competently oversees‘ a range of ‘multifarious legal issues‘.

Legal500 | 2020 Edition

Senior Statesman – Joseph Vella is highlighted by sources for his experience in the corporate and commercial area. Clients enthuse that he is “super connected and a real problem solver.”

Chambers & Partners | 2020 Edition

Senior Statesman – Joseph Vella has a long-standing reputation as a key adviser to domestic and international clients seeking corporate counsel. His broad experience includes work on bond issuances and M&A transactions.

Chambers & Partners | 2019 Edition

Senior statesman – Distinguished older partner 

Chambers & Partners | 2018 Edition

Joseph Vella remains a well-known figure in the corporate and commercial sphere. He frequently advises local and international clients on cross-border matters.

Chambers & Partners | 2017 Edition