Ann Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates – Malta. She qualified in 1986 and immediately joined Holman Fenwick and Willan in London. In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in June 2008. She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of the most important international maritime operators. She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. Dr. Fenech lectures on Salvage, Pilotage, Towage and Collisions as well as Carriage of Goods by Sea at the University of Malta and delivers a series of lectures on Maritime Practice at the International Maritime law Institute.
In June 2008 she was elected President of the Malta Maritime Law Association. In October 2010 Dr Fenech was appointed Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London. In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy under the auspices of the Maltese Chamber of Advocates and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International – the international organisation responsible for drafting the vast majority of international maritime conventions. She was subsequently chosen to chair the International Working group on Ship Finance Security Practices. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International and in November 2018 she was elected as Vice President to the Executive Council of the Comité Maritime International.