Charilaos M. Chrysanthou

CHARILAOS M. CHRYSANTHOU

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Nicosia
charilaos@kyprianou.com.cy Telephone: +357.22.44.77.77

SPECIALIZATION:
Criminal and Civil Litigation

EDUCATION:
LL.B. (Hons) University of East Anglia

Charilaos obtained an LLB (Hons) from University of East Anglia (Norwich), in 1999.

After his studies at the University of East Anglia he returned to Cyprus and in 2000 he became Counsel of the Republic of Cyprus. Since 2000 he is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and the Nicosia Bar Association.

Between the years 2002 and 2005, Charilaos was working as a lawyer at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus, specialising in Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation. During his employment at the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus he was handling cases in the Supreme Court of Cyprus, Assize Court and District Courts relating to various serious criminal offences.

Relevant Experience:

Charilaos is a member of the litigation team of Mr. Menelaos Kyprianou, the Managing Partner of the Firm.

He has significant experience as a litigation lawyer, specialising in civil, criminal, family and labour law.

He handles various cases including applications for interim reliefs in support of arbitration proceedings filed in the LCIA.

He represents clients in cases of disputes between the shareholders of companies and disputes for and against various Government Departments.

He represents insurance companies and handles serious cases of medical negligence, traffic offences including fatal accidents and breach of insurance contracts.

He represents private clients in their claims against commercial banks and other financial institutions on the basis of breach of loan agreements and guarantees.

He represents accused persons at the Criminal Courts and at the Assizes Courts, in relation to serious criminal offences, e.g. offences of economic crime/white collar related offences, possession of drugs, illegal employment of citizens of third countries, bribery, criminal offences relating to breach of trust and fraud.

He initiates private criminal prosecutions on behalf of clients - complainants.

He represents clients in various family law proceedings including, divorce, child custody disputes, adoption and child abduction and other related matters. Among others, he represented a client, where the ex-husband applied to the Family Court seeking damages of EUR 350 thousand, as he alleged that he contributed to the increase of her property. After a lengthy hearing the Court awarded to the ex-husband a substantially lesser amount, namely EUR 69 thousand.

He represents various companies as employers and a number of private clients as employees in disputes relating to employment law legislation before the Employment Court. He represented a director of a company who was dismissed on the basis of redundancy. Charilaos applied to the Employment Court claiming damages on the basis that the director was unfairly dismissed. The Court held that the dismissal of the director was unfair and awarded a substantial amount of money as compensation.

He was instructed by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) as a prosecutor in a number of disciplinary proceedings of the Chamber, relating to offences committed by Contractors, Architects and other members of ETEK.

He advises and represents in Court private clients regarding applications for the administration of estates of deceased persons and drafting of wills.

He advises and represents in Court, construction companies regarding construction law claims.

Charilaos speaks Greek and English fluently.