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Employment in Cyprus

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants has an outstanding track record working with major organisations and senior executives on a whole host of complex and high-value employment matters. Jointly led by George Mountis and Alexandros Taliadoros, the team advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment, compensation and benefits issues. It regularly advises on important matters such as redundancies, collective dismissals, the merger and transfer of undertakings, as well as employee share option schemes. The practice is also recommended for its work on HR issues and on equality and diversity matters. In addition, it regularly advises on compliance with anti-discrimination legislation and on data protection issues. Another strength lies in acting for employers and employees on the management of pension programmes. The group works closely with the firm’s tax and banking practices to handle large-scale pension projects. Alexandros Efstathiou is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Efstathiou

Testimonials

‘The level of follow-up is astounding. They are great people to work with. Great communication skills, fast responses, professional behaviour.’

‘Effective collaboration, readiness at any time and trustworthy legal partner.’

‘Excellent knowledge of Cypriot law, immediate responses and follow-up. The people who are responsible for our company are really caring about our business.’

‘Their willingness to go over and above for your business, sit next to you and keep explaining things without getting bored.’

Key clients

Knauf Cyprus Limited

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Trading Point of Financial Instruments Ltd

Jet2.com Limited

Sanofi – Aventis S.A.

Pernod Ricard MENA

Gezairi Transport Limited

Work highlights

  • Advises XM (one of the biggest Forex companies worldwide) on all the aspects of employment law including human resources issues, on equality and diversity issues, disciplinary and grievance procedures, data protection issues, employment aspects of company restructuring, redundancy and provident and pension funds issues.
  • Regularly advises leading international online food sales company Wolt Enterprises Oy on all aspects of employment law, including HR issues, appointment processes and immigration matters concerning third country nationals.
  • Regularly advises British low-cost airline Jet2 on all aspects of employment law, including HR issues, appointment and redundancy, as well as issues with the company’s UK nationals that arose in 2021 due to Brexit.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Elias Neocleous & Co LLCMeet the Team advises international businesses on issues such as employment agreements and the local implementation of their global employment policies and procedures in Cyprus. Other work for employers includes advice on the establishment/closure of facilities and the recruitment of key personnel. Elsewhere, the firm undertakes mandates for individuals, such as discrimination claims and matters involving unfair and constructive dismissals. Many of these claims relate to expatriate employees or former employees of international businesses. Andrea Kallis Parparinou is the primary contact.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Kallis Parparinou

Testimonials

‘My experience with the team was pleasant. The team is knowledgeable about the subjects I have requested consultation on. Andrea Kallis Parparinou is a highly knowledgeable, hardworking individual. Has consulted me and guided me through the process requested.’

‘They are both competent and prompt in their responses to my questions. Demetris Gregoriou and Katerina Andreou respond quickly and professionally to our needs, often anticipating questions we had not contemplated.’

‘Very collaborative team – the quality of work and its knowledge of the topics it covers.

‘Make an effort to understand our unique needs and context.’

Key clients

A.C Nielsen

Huawei Technologies S.A

The British High Commission in Cyprus

U-TX Technologies

Fedex Express Europe

Amazon (Amazon web services)

CPT Cyprus Public Transport Services and Operations Ltd

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

Booking.com

KLM Group

Parklane Hotels Limited

Cyprus Tourist Development Company Limited

Avanti Communications Group

Bloomberg LP

Lebanon and Gulf Bank

Pepperstone Group Limited

Greenmont VCIC Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the British High Commission in Cyprus on many difficult and complex employment law developments affecting the High Commission and the UK citizens it serves in Cyprus, including the availability of Covid support measures, and the effects of Brexit on UK citizens working in Cyprus, including those UK citizens working in the sovereign base areas in Cyprus.
  • Advises CPT Cyprus Public Transport on all its employment law matters and requirements from advice on collective agreements, to issues with trade unions and all day to day workforce issues that arise.
  • Advised a global shipping company on their employment law obligations and requirements for establishing operations in Cyprus and the legal and regulatory compliance needs for employing different categories of employees, including obligations and constraints around employing foreign workers.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC has a large and experienced team, which advises on a wide ambit of contentious and non-contentious employment and pensions matters. It acts for a mix of public and private sector bodies, local and international organisations, as well as individuals. The group regularly represents clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations, in addition to being active in matters heard before the employment courts and the Supreme Court of Cyprus. Nadia Tryfonidou heads up the practice, which advises on all aspects of employment and HR issues, with work ranging from the recruitment process to the termination of the employment relationship. Managing partner George Z. Georgiou is another prominent member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Tryfonidou

Testimonials

‘Deep subject matter expertise, professionalism and results oriented. Trusted advisers.’

‘To the point and extensive technical knowledge, amazing expertise and problem solving approach. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. To the point evaluation of the cases and immediate response.’

‘We have a long standing collaboration with the employment practice team at GZG. During the pandemic, the support received was very effective and the collaboration through the technology available was very efficient. A team of young professionals, as well as senior consultants with vast experience of employment matters, is readily available to provide timely advice that meets the requirements of a constantly evolving environment.’

‘Nadia Tryfonidou, Partner and Head of the Employment Practice at GZG, is an expert in the field of employment law, keeping up to date with all relevant legislative and regulatory updates and providing timely advice.  The team is also supported by an expert consultant, Mrs Moscho Zambakides, former President of the Employment Tribunal, who provides added value advice.’

Key clients

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)

Aon Solutions Cyprus

Work highlights

  • Awarded a contract for being the legal advisor of Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation following a public tender procedure. The firm is currently advising in the areas of employment, pensions, administrative, civil, corporate, commercial, data protection, intellectual property, and technology.
  • Advises Aon Solutions Cyprus on all legal HR and non-contentious employment matters as well as the multi-employer fund administered by the client.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLCComparative Guides promotional icon‘s team is adept at handling the gamut of employment matters from the perspectives of both employers and employees.  Its varied workload covers drafting of employment agreements, advice on constructive dismissals and disciplinary proceedings, as well as redundancies and the safeguarding of employees’ rights on the merger or acquisition of a business. The group has a strong profile among international companies and it is highlighted for its sector expertise in areas such as shipping, software development, infrastructure management, healthcare and financial services. The department is jointly led by Savvas Savvides, Lambros Soteriou and Ioanna Solomou, who all play a pivotal role in handling many complex and high-value matters.

Testimonials

‘The team is keen to provide clients with the necessary advice on how to proceed with legal matters. The approach to clients is very honest and the team tries to find the best solution. This helps clients. The leader of the company creates a very nice customer-friendly environment.’

‘Willingness to provide support and services with no delays. Very polite and effective attitude. Personal approach to the client. They are very honest and encouraging.’

‘First of all I would like to mention the high level of professionalism and high profile of company. For us it is very important to get all detailed information about employment practice, get to know all necessary procedures and to have a step-by-step explanation. Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC provided us not only with legal advice, but also with accounting/ enrolment and other services. During the pandemic, we didn’t feel any limitation to communicate with Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, because they use modern tools for online communication with big multimedia possibilities.’

‘We are very happy with the individual approach to our case. All employees from Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC were very professional and we feel like one team. From the beginning, we have received quite deep assessment that allows us to move forward without any delay.’

Key clients

XTRADE EUROPE

Tempo Beverages Cyprus Limited

Maxiflex Ltd

DP World Limassol Limited

YGEIA POLYCLINIC PRIVATE HOSPITAL LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to longstanding clients, who are employers in Cyprus, on complex and diverse issues. More specifically, the firm was asked on a daily basis to advise various local organisations on market developments and other issues relevant to employment, such as employment law matters arising out of the COVID 19 Pandemic, regulatory matters depending on the market that they are involved in, disciplinary procedures and policies and many more issues.
  • Acting as the appointed legal advisers to one of the biggest health centres in Cyprus. The firm is frequently asked to represent it in relation to complex employment law matters, including disciplinary procedures, redundancies and transfer of undertakings, among others.
  • Represented an individual in relation to an employment matter, the value of which is circa €2m.

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC is skilled at advising its predominantly local client base of employers and employees on the full array of employment issues. Key areas of focus include advice on employee rights and pension benefits, in addition to representing clients before the labour tribunals. Team head Tasos Coucounis is adept at advising on a whole host of issues, such as redundancies, social insurance matters, health and safety at work, discrimination and collective agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tasos Coucounis

Testimonials

The individual approach to the client. The team is always involved in the process and is available via any channel. They reply quickly and accurately, patiently answering all questions.’

‘I believe that the team’s level of experience, awareness and professionalism, assured us of a prompt settlement. Mr. Tasos Coucounis was very knowledgeable, “listened” and understood, managed the process very well.

Key clients

EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF QATAR IN CYPRUS

IRIS HR CONSULTING

H&R BLOCK INC

HELLENIC TECHNICAL ENTERPRISES LIMITED

LARNACA SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE BOARD

W.W.M. HOLDING LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise the Embassy of Qatar in Cyprus on employment matters including employment liability, public liability and employment contracts.
  • In December 2020 the firm was retained by the global HR consultancy firm IRIS HR Consulting to advise on Cyprus employment law matters and employment contracts.
  • Advised Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board (LSDB) on numerous employment issues, including employment disputes, employee contracts, employee appointments, provided legal opinions, drafted documents and represented the LSDB before the Administrative Court of Cyprus and other tribunals.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC handles a myriad of complex issues, which ranges from advice on compensation and benefits to contingent workforce and HR risk and regulatory matters. The practice is led by Gaston Hadjianastassiou, who often advises clients on disciplinary issues and procedures, as well as redundancies, letters of termination and settlement agreements. Managing associate Michalis Georgiou regularly acts for clients in the media industry.

Practice head(s):

Gaston Hadjianastassiou

Other key lawyers:

Michalis Georgiou

Testimonials

‘Hadjianastasiou Ioannides LLC was able to assist us through some very challenging legal proceedings through its extensive knowledge and experience in the field. The team handled the COVID-19 restrictions in a productive manner which allowed us to continue our collaboration with minimal disruption.’

‘Responds on time, professionally, accurately and finds solutions. Michalis Georgiou.’

‘We are very pleased that we have received unconditional support in matters of corporate and labour law. Very high-quality and customer-oriented. An individual approach that takes into account the differences in the mentalities of Cyprus and Russia. A unique experience.’

‘Michalis Georgiou is a true gem! Knowledgeable of a broad spectrum of employment matters, very thorough and responsive.’

Key clients

Adidas Cyprus Ltd

Albourne Partners

Alpha Television Cyprus Limited

COCA-COLA HBC Cyprus Ltd (formally known as Lanitis Bros Ltd part of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group)

Deloitte Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised and supported on a daily basis COCA-COLA HBC CYPRUS LTD on issues arising from Covid-19.
  • Provided legal advice and assistance to Albourne Partners (Cyprus) Limited at the initial stages of the planning and implementation of a hybrid working model allowing employees flexibility to choose working from home on certain days per week as their standard working schedule.
  • Advising the Ministry of Finance on the establishment of a new independent Pension Funds and Insurance Sectors Regulator.

Stelios Stylianides & Co L.L.C.

Stelios Stylianides & Co L.L.C. undertakes a mix of employment-related advisory work and litigation for employers, trade unions, organised groups and individual employees. Jointly led by Christos Stylianides and Anastasia Schini, the team's workload covers employment contracts, collective redundancies and unfair dismissal claims. It also has experience of advising on discrimination and harassment claims, as well as employee data protection matters.

Testimonials

‘The characteristic that makes Stelios Stylianides and Co LLC unique is its personal approach. They are always ready to provide any kind of support and advice in any kind of employment issue. They have in-depth knowledge of labour law and labour practices.’

‘Christos Stylianides and his team provide certainty that they will do their best in any case they will undertake. They have provided their legal counsel for numerous employment related issues with the best outcome for our company. They are always available for a consultation.’

Key clients

Medochemie Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the implementation of Cyprus and EU health and safety legislation, regulations and directions in employment.
  • Representing a client in litigation against a trade union and individual members over employees’ medical and health insurance benefits and/or compensation for violation of human rights.
  • Advised clients on their obligations and/or responsibilities to provide information to a trade union of the client’s employees, in relation to the possibility of non completion of the sale of their subsidiary company, a local banking institution based in Cyprus.