Ann Fenech is the head of the marine litigation department at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. She is the past Managing Partner of the firm having occupied the position of Managing partner from 2008 to 2020. She qualified in 1986 and joined Holman Fenwick and Willan, an international Shipping Law firm in London. From there she moved to the shipping law firm of Chaffe McCall Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. On joining Fenech & Fenech, she created the marine litigation department. She has dealt exclusively with maritime issues for the past 34 years ranging from salvage to charterparty disputes and from towage to enforcement of mortgages. She lectures at the University of Malta and the International Maritime Law Institute and is a regular guest speaker at overseas maritime fora. She is the President of the Malta Maritime Law Association.
She has been a board member of the European Maritime Law Organisation since 2008. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Law Awards held in London. She is regularly ranked in publications such as Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Shipping. From 2000 to 2010 she was the Chairman of the Pilotage Board and was responsible for the drafting of the Pilotage Regulations 2003. In 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy. In 2014 she was elected to the Executive Council of the CMI. In 2015 she was appointed Director of the Malta Maritime Forum. She is currently the co-Chair of the CMI IWG on International Recognition of Judicial Sales and CMI Co-Ordinator of the project at UNCITRAL. She is a member of the CMI IWG on Arrest of Ships and was Chair of the IWG on Ship Finance Security Practices. In October 2018 she was awarded the Honorary Membership of the Croatian Maritime Law Association. In November 2018 she was elected Vice President of the CMI at a General Assembly meeting at the IMO in London.