Premier Chambers is now located at M. Kaneeru Villa, 6th floor, Orchid Magu, Malé, 20212
Premier Chambers, established in the early 90s, takes pride in being pioneers in the provision of professional legal advice and assistance in the Republic of Maldives. Our team consists of foreign and locally-trained lawyers, who are uniquely qualified and proficient in tackling complex legal matters.
Significant changes have been brought to Law no. 2/2008 (Employment Act) (“EA”) by the recent sixth amendment to the EA (“Sixth Amendment”), which came into force on 22 September 2020.
28 October 2020 Download
On behalf of the firm, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Uza.Maaisha Mohamed Musthafa, Uza. Rafaha Rasheed, Uza. Sarah Ahmed Shareef, Uza. Maisoona Musthafa and Uza. Fathimath Shaffa Shiyam, on attaining their license to practice law in Maldives. Read more.
21 October 2020
Law no. 20/2020 (Public Health Emergency Act) (the “Act”) came into force on 22 September 2020. The Act addresses various issues which have arisen due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the state of public health emergency announced in the Maldives in relation to the same.
10 October 2020 Download
The precedent set by the Supreme Court in the docket numbers 2014/SC-A/27 and 2014/SC-A/30 provides guidance on awarding compensation to employees where substantive fairness has been established at the time of dismissal, but procedural fairness has not been established.
18 September 2020 Download
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim on the parliament’s confirmation of his appointment to the post of a Supreme Court Justice! We would like to express our deepest gratitude for his invaluable contribution to the development of the firm over the last 16 years. Read more.
08 September 2020
The Supreme Court's interpretation of s.43 of Law No. 22/2010, in the case is a significant step towards preventing abuse of the court process, which will hopefully aid aggrieved parties to get justice in a more expeditious manner, without having to go through appeal proceedings that are vexatious and frivolous.
01 September 2020 Download
Following the relaxation of the lockdown measures in the Maldives, the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (“MIRA”) has, pursuant to its announcement on 15 June 2020, resumed counter services from 5 July 2020 onwards. Below is a summary of the changes imposed via the announcement. Read more.
28 July 2020
Maldives has opened up its borders on 15 July 2020 with enhanced preventive measures after keeping it closed for almost 4 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This overview provides a brief summary of the guideline on restarting tourism in Maldives, published by the Ministry of Tourism (“MoT”), providing the essential safety standards to be met by all stakeholders of the tourism industry, related to COVID-19.
25 July 2020 Download
On 28 June 2020, the Ministry of Finance published a circular stating that deferrals will be offered for lease rent payments for the third and fourth quarter of 2020, for resorts and other state-owned lands, to alleviate the economic downturns faced due to COVID-19 and to sustain businesses going forward. Read more.
13 July 2020
The Government of Maldives has proposed a Public Health Emergency Bill to address various issues arising due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the state of public health emergency announced in the Maldives in relation to the same. Once passed into law, it shall remain in force for a period of 60 days, from the date on which a state of public health emergency announced relating to Covid-19 is lifted. Here we provide a simple overview of what the Bill proposes.
22 June 2020 Download
We offer alternative fee terms for matters, depending on the scope and nature of work undertaken. The distinct fee workings are based on the classifications detailed here.
Details of the hourly rates and fee terms for all kinds of matters are available upon request.
Before undertaking a matter for any client, we check for any conflict of interests. Following clearance of conflicts, an engagement letter, setting out the terms and conditions upon which the firm will act for the client will be signed by both the designated attorney from our firm, as well as the client, prior to the commencement of any work.
Fees for individual matters are charged at hourly rates of the attorney undertaking the work, subject to a non-refundable minimum charge, payable before commencement. If the work done exceeds the minimum number of hours corresponding to the minimum charge, the clients will be charged for the additional hours at the hourly rate of the attorney assigned to the matter.
Where the scope and nature of work is clear, a fixed fee may be charged. If any additional work outside the agreed scope of work is requested for by the client, such additional work will be charged at the hourly rate of the attorney.
The monthly retainer fees depend on the attorney or attorneys assigned to the client under the monthly retainer arrangement. Under this arrangement, monthly fees are charged for a specified number of hours per month. If the work done during the month exceeds the number of hours agreed on, additional hours will be charged at the attorney’s hourly rate.
These terms are limited to cases where the claim is straightforward and unlikely to be contested. A hybrid fee, consisting of a capped professional fee and a recovery commission is charged for debt recovery matters. The scope of work will include litigation at first instance courts, as well as any pre-litigation actions to be taken. However, fees for appeals to higher courts will be negotiated separately.
The fees consist of a fixed charge, which will depend on the seriousness of the offence, as well as the seniority and experience of the attorney attending to the matter. If additional work outside of the agreed scope of work is required, additional hours will be charged at an agreed rate.
Fixed fees are charged for corporate services, which include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice and assistance during simple registration processes, such as business and company registrations, as well as providing company secretarial services. Matters that include obtaining additional approvals, such as foreign investment approvals are not covered under this.
Fixed fees are charged for matters such as privatization of land and conveyancing.
Fixed fees are also set for certain miscellaneous matters, which include, but are not limited to, due diligence searches, attestation services and translations.