Costas Velaris studied Law in the U.K. and he has been called to the English Bar in 1967. He practised in London for a short while before joining and subsequently undertaking Velaris & Velaris LLC, which was established by his father in 1929.
He is one of the most senior counsel in Cyprus with more than 50 years’ experience. He has personally handled serious and high profile cases representing local and foreign clients including the State, foreign governments, public authorities, local and foreign banking institutions, Ecclesiastical Authorities and persons and entities in Cyprus or overseas.
He wrote the chapter on Cyprus in Company Law in Europe, edited by LexisNexis and he is a member of the Hon. Society of the Middle Temple and the Cyprus Bar since 1970.
He mainly deals with civil and commercial disputes, trusts and cases involving the principles of equity.
He speaks Greek and English.
CHARILAOS C. VELARIS
Charilaos Velaris holds a degree (Licence) in Law and European Studies from the Université Robert Schuman – Strasbourg III and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the same university. Charilaos subsequently completed an internship at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
He was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2010 and has since been a practising litigation lawyer at Velaris & Velaris LLC, where he represented a large number of foreign and Cypriot clients in cases relating to various aspects of the law, particularly in international commercial litigation, property disputes and corporate and banking secrecy. As from 2015, he is an associate lecturer at the Law Department of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN Cyprus).
In addition to Greek, Charilaos speaks fluent English, French, and Russian and has a very good command of German, Turkish, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Ioannis Theodosiou has a degree (LLB) from the University of Keele in Law with Sociology and a master’s degree (MA) in Medical Ethics and Law from the same university.
He continued his studies in the University of West of England (UWE), in Bristol, taking the Bar Vocational course and receiving the professional title of barrister – at – Law.
He is a member of the Middle Temple Inn and was called to the Bar on November 2009. He also holds a degree from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki (Greece) in Social & Pastoral Theology.
He has been working in Velaris & Velaris LLC since February 2011 and practices law among others, in the areas of civil, labour and rent control litigation.
He is a member of the Cyprus Bar and the Famagusta Bar. He speaks Greek and English.
SOTIRIS C. KYRIACOU
Sotiris Kyriacou holds a law degree from the Université de Strasbourg and also holds a Master’s degree in European Law, with specialisation in Energy and Environmental Law, from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. During his studies he had an internship at the European Parliament and at the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.
As from 2015, he is a practising lawyer at the law firm Velaris & Velaris LLC mainly dealing with cases of civil and administrative law and with issues involving European law.
He speaks fluent Greek, English, and French and has a good command of Turkish.
Christia Michael graduated from Birmingham City University with an undergraduate degree in LL. B Law before going on to successfully complete the Legal Practice Course with Masters in Law, Business and Management (LPC/ MSc Law, Business and Management) at the University of Law in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Since 2017, Christia is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and in 2020 joined our firm.
Her main areas of practice are in the fields of Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Banking and Finance and Litigation.
She speaks fluent Greek and English.