Neil F. Costa is a Partner in ISOLAS’ litigation practice. He joined the firm in October 2019.
Prior to joining ISOLAS, Neil served in Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar as Minister for Justice where he was responsible for some of the most important legislative reforms. Elected in December 2011, Neil was initially responsible for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport, and the Port, before being named Minister for Business and Employment with responsibility for Pensions and Benefits, Health and Safety, and Postal Services. During this period, he oversaw the wholesale reform of the Employment Tribunal’s constitution, powers, functions, and processes. In 2016, he was appointed Minister for Health, Care, and Justice during which time he was responsible, among other areas, for Gibraltar’s health, elderly, and social care services, the Royal Gibraltar Police, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and Gibraltar’s Court Service. As Minister for Justice, Neil swore an oath to respect the rule of law and defend the independence of the judiciary.
Neil has extensive experience in the law, having led on several wide-ranging reforms to Gibraltar’s domestic legislative framework. These included:
Neil resumes his legal practice in employment, family, common law, general commercial, and civil and criminal litigation with a particular emphasis on human-rights law. Further, Neil will support ISOLAS' litigation practice by focusing on complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, shareholders' disputes, and insolvency litigation. Neil appears before Gibraltar’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Tribunal, and other statutory bodies. Neil is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, and in October 2019 he graduated with Distinction from his Edinburgh University’s Master of Laws.
Member of Lincoln’s Inn
2019 Partner, ISOLAS