Name:
Fabio Vitiello
Year of Call:
1995
Inn:
Inner Temple
Languages spoken:
Italian
Spanish
French
Area of Expertise:
Civil
Commercial
Contract & Property
Practice Summary:

Commercial

Contract

Landlord and Tenant

Property

Party Wall

Biography:

Fabio graduated in Italian Law at the University of Naples, Italy, in 1993, with a dissertation in Public International Law; during his studies, he worked part-time as an assistant in an Italian civil-commercial law firm, liaising with clients and Italian Courts. After his graduation he passed the Common Professional Examination in 1994 and the Bar Exams in 1995, being called to the Bar in October 1995 (Inner Temple).

His first six months of pupillage were with a Commercial/Shipping set (Stone Chambers) followed by a second and third six months in a Chancery set (New Square Chambers). Thereafter, he worked for three years as an in-house commercial law counsel for a multinational energy company group, providing legal advice and drafting legal documents on matters including:

  • commercial contract drafting, negotiation and litigation;
  • advising on contract law, competition law (including compliance procedures), intellectual property law, sale and purchase of goods and services, confidentiality agreements, parent company guarantees, procurement contracts, research and co-operation agreements;
  • liaising with UK and foreign companies and Government/Regulatory Organisations.

In 2002, Fabio moved his practice to the field of Criminal law, joining the Crown Prosecution Service in London, and becoming in due course a Senior Crown Prosecutor and a CPS High Court Advocate. This, rather unusual, move allowed him to gain an extensive experience in Courtroom advocacy, and to develop case presentation skills that have been frequently praised by Judges, Senior Prosecutors, and even Defence advocates.

In 2006, Fabio returned to the self-employed Bar, joining a set of Chambers, where he continued to practice in Criminal Law (both Prosecution and Defence), but also dealing once again with civil/commercial law cases.

From October 2010, Fabio has been a tenant at Staple Inn Chambers, and has expanded his Civil Law practice to the fields of Landlord and Tenant, Housing (acting for several London Councils) and Property, in particular Party Wall Act issues, as part of the Staple Inn Chambers' Property team.

His academic and career background covering different fields of law, and different jurisdictions, has given to Fabio the ability to deal with cases presenting the most different aspects that cannot be confined to a single area of practice, or that involve cross-border disputes. Fabio's Commercial law practice predominantly involves advising and acting in contractual interpretation and disputes.

Due to his Italian background, he regularly acts for for Italian clients (or for English clients with disputes involving Italian aspects), on instructions from both English Solicitors and Italian Lawyers, in cases involving international business projects or cross-border disputes. He advises and acts in Landlord and Tenant cases, as well as Property disputes, including Party Wall Act work.

Additionally, Fabio is on the CPS Advocates' List (level 2) and has regularly appeared (for prosecution and defence) in Magistrates' Courts, Youth Court, Crown Court, as well as the Court of Appeal, also representing the Probation Service and London Councils as Prosecution Counsel.

Fabio accepts public access instructions for advisory work, advocacy and drafting (Statements of Case, witness statements and skeleton arguments) and has been accredited for public access since 2005.

Memberships

Management Committee Member of the British Italian Law Association, Member of the "Ordine Italiano Giornalisti Pubblicisti" (Italian Freelance Journalists' Union)

Seminars

Fabio is regularly invited by the Italian Bar association to speak at seminars and conferences on all aspects of English law and advocacy

2014 - Speaker at the XII Seminar/Conference "Andrea Cafiero", on European Union Law, at S. Marco di Castellabate, Italy organised by the Naples Bar Association and the Italian Bar association, 6-8 June 2014 - Specific topic presented: "The English Lawyer, link between the public and the law and the English lawyers' actions against the cuts to Legal Aid"

2013 -Speaker at the Conference: “The role of the criminal lawyer in Europe” in Como, Italy, organised by the Como and Lecco Criminal Bar Association, 30 November 2013 – Specific topic presented: “Particular aspects of the English Criminal Trial – Role of the Barrister”

Speaker/Lecturer at the Seminar/Conference: “A look at Europe: Introduction to English Criminal Law and Procedure – The influence of different judicial systems in the European Union” in Naples, Italy, organised by the Naples Criminal Bar Association, 18 October 2013 – Specific topic presented: “Introduction to English Criminal Law and procedure – Peculiarities of the English trial and legal system”

Speaker/Lecturer at the Seminar: “The good advocate – How to become good advocate” in Florence, Italy, organised by the Florence Civil Bar, 28 June 2013r. Specific topics presented: “Structure and techniques of case presentation – Witnesses’ examination – Practical Advocacy exercises”.

2012 - Speaker at the Study Conference: “Circulation and Smuggling of Counterfeit Products: Protection of EU Financial Interests and of Consumers in the Internal Market” 30 May 2012, Milan, Italy, organised by the Milan Bar Association and the European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Office (“OLAF”) – Specific topic presented: “Preventing and fighting copyright breaches and sale of counterfeit goods in the United Kingdom”

2011 - Speaker at the Study Conference: “The Legal Argument and the Persuasion of the Judge”, 7 October 2011, Uffizi’s Library, Florence Italy, organised by the Florence Bar Association and the Florence’s Court of Appeal – Specific topic presented: “Presenting cases and persuading judges: the English Bar experience”

Speaker at the Study Conference: “Juries, Elective Judges and Participation of the Public to the Criminal Trial” 30 September 2011, Venice, Italy, organised by the Venice Criminal Bar Association – Specific topic: “The participation of the public to the English Criminal trial: lay justices and juries”

Interests

Journalism and writing, classical and modern music, playing classical guitar. Skiing, travel, photography.

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Education & Awards:

Laurea in Giurisprudenza: "Università degli Studi di Napoli, Federico II", Naples, Italy

Common Professional Examination: Diploma in Law, University of North London