70 Years of Knowledge, Professionalism and Consistency
One of Cyprus’s historical law offices that has evolved into a modern law practice.
The office’s long history of 70 years in the legal field, makes it one of the most prestigious law firms providing legal services and representation in court, as much in Cyprus as in the rest of the world. It was founded in 1950 by Phoebus Clerides, who was later joined by his son Prof. Christos Clerides in the practice in 1982, originally under the name Phoebus Clerides and Associates. In 2009, the law firm was re-established under the new name Phoebus, Christos Clerides and Associates LLC.
The father-son team became known to the general public due to their involvement in high-profile cases. It is noteworthy to mention that in the 1950s, Phoebus Clerides was among the first Barrister-at-law counsellors in Cyprus, while in the 1980s Prof. Christos Clerides was a member of the preparatory committee which composed and promoted the first amendment to the Constitution and the abolishment of the involvement of Ecclesiastical Courts in matters of Family Law. They also had an important presence in the realm of politics. Phoebus Clerides was appointed Minister of Justice as well as a member of the Cypriot Parliament in the 1980s; Prof. Christos Clerides on the other hand was, like his father, a member of Cyprus’ Parliament from 2001 until 2006 and also a member of the National Advisory Board. He has also served as legal advisor to the President of the Republic about the Cyprus Issue in the realm of International and European Law, which is the field of study of his doctorate.
The consistent consultation and representation provided to highly ranking officers of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as to the President of the Parliament and the Attorney General before court, constitute not only an honour but also a practical recognition of the level of services which the law firm provides.
Prof. Christos Clerides is also the co-founder of the Association of Human Rights in Cyprus having represented numerous clients in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has authored and published a plethora of articles and studies in print; he has given a myriad of speeches at conferences and events and has appeared many times on television and radio to speak on present-day relevant legal issues. He has been the President of the Law Department at Frederick University from 2013 onward, where he currently teaches as a Professor. He has published four legal books to-date, which are titled “THE CYPRIOT ISSUE UNDER THE NATIONAL AND THE EUROPEAN LAW”, “THE CYPRIOT LEGAL SYSTEM”, “LEGAL PRACTICE IN CYPRUS” and “THE EVIDENCE ACT”. Furthermore, he has been called to handle many court cases internationally as an expert and as a specialist of the Cypriot Law and Legal System. In the most recent such case, he was before the five-member Supreme Court in Oslo, Norway.
Since 2008, Phoebe Cleridou, LL.B, LL.M, has proven to be a valuable member of the team. Her practice focuses on all aspects of Family law. She has handled numerous cases in and out of court in Cyprus. The valuable practical knowledge she has acquired is supplemented by an in-depth knowledge of the legislation. She has been teaching and presenting lectures on the subject at Universities since 2014. Furthermore, she specializes in corporate and financial transactions involving the banking sector. Phoebe was in charge of the legal team handling debenture cases that arose in 2012 after the collapse of Marfin Laiki Bank. She has also handled several cases involving contracts, fraud, negligence in the corporate sector and has attended numerous seminars through the years on these subjects. During her LL.M she specialized in Banking Law and has in depth knowledge of Anti-Money Laundry Regulations & Procedures and is the firm’s KYC officer. She was appointed General Manager of the firm in 2018.
Alexandros Clerides, LL.B, LPC, followed in the footsteps of his kin in 2013 and is now the Head of the Litigation Department and specialises in criminal cases. Specifically, he has handled cases relating to drug offences, traffic offences, offences against the person, offences against the property, offences against the police, extradition, and intellectual property criminal offences amongst others. Other areas of practice include civil litigation, admiralty and maritime litigation/contracting.
In 2017, he was elected member of the Bar Association of Nicosia. He has attended many conferences on criminal law as a guest and as a speaker. He recently published a study on alternative sentencing for criminal convictions. Furthermore, he provides legal advice on investment transactions and the property market to foreign investors in Cyprus, as well as other services dealing with naturalisation in the Republic of Cyprus to recommended foreign investors. In 2017, he gave an interview to the internationally renowned LEGAL 500. In 2018, he attended a six-week program organized by the Oxford University on digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum etc, and conventions stemming from digital currency formats and their legal context. He recognises that continuous education in new legal fields, which are being formed in the world market, constitutes an integral piece of continuing professional development and of supporting the client.
Constantinos Clerides, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn, joined the firm in 2016. His practice focuses on litigation having passed the bar in both England and Cyprus. He has shadowed Professor Christos Clerides in several cases before the District and Supreme Courts of Cyprus.
With an LLM in International Business & Commercial Law from King’s College London he specialises in litigation arising from international and domestic commercial disputes including agency and distribution agreements, complex corporate disputes, jurisdictional battles, stay of court proceedings and petitions for anti-suit or anti-arbitration injunctions. He has also handled several other kinds of commercial injunctions including worldwide freezing orders and disclosure orders. Constantinos’ experience in corporate litigation involves the representation of clients in company winding up and liquidation proceedings before the courts and disputes arising between shareholders and partnerships. Additionally he has handled civil torts cases regarding personal injury, medical negligence, libel and defamation.
Out of court, in corporate and commercial matters, he advises clients regarding partnership agreements, company incorporations and corporate structures, shareholders rights and director obligations, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance laws and regulations, compliance laws, trusts and investor protection.
As head of the corporate department, with a team of lawyers at his side, he provides support in drafting and reviewing complex commercial and business agreements in order to achieve objectives whilst minimizing risks. Agreements include trust deeds, joint venture agreements, agency and distribution agreements, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, agreements relating to the sale of business, finance and security documents, intellectual property and general commercial contracts. In 2020 he was one of the main speakers in a seminar that took place in Genéve relating to the legal framework for Cyprus Investments and Companies.
The law office practices law in all fields and sectors, and is staffed with partners and employees who are equipped with the knowledge, the professionalism, and the consistency to cater to and support the needs of every customer. The team consists of 20 specialised and experienced individuals in total, each of whom practices within the sector of the law of their specialisation. The permanent staff of the office also cooperate with a network of experienced external collaborators, and together they offer a complete package of services.
Since 2009, this legal firm has been recommended consistently by international legal catalogues, such as LEGAL 500, as one of the best law firms worldwide.