Employment in Cyprus

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants has a strong track record of acting for both organisations and senior executives on complex and high-value employment matters. Jointly led by Alexandros Taliadoros and George Mountis the department advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment, compensation and benefit issues. It is experienced at representing clients before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, the district courts of Cyprus as well as the Supreme Court and continues to enjoy a regular stream of referrals from major international law firms on employment law matters. It has niche expertise in advising on mass redundancies and TUPE disputes, on the employment issues that arise on major international restructurings and on the implementation of voluntary severance schemes.  Senior associate Alexandros Efstathiou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Taliadoros; George Mountis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Efstathiou

Testimonials

‘Responsive team that delivers clear and concise answers in a timely manner’.

‘Chrysostomides legal firm always demonstrated great capacity and attitude to work as a partner and find solutions, more than discussing what to do and not to do. I really appreciated responsiveness on urgent cases & level of accuracy’.

‘The services provided by Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC are at the highest professional level and always meet the needs of clients. The matters are usually solved in the shortest possible time and the team always is very welcoming to the clients’.

‘The individuals with whom I’ve dealt with were always very friendly and communicative and always demonstrated deep knowledge of the labour (and other) legislation of Cyprus, provided us with the relevant and complete information on the matter and explained with details and references to relevant laws the consequences of any actions taken or being considered by our corporation’.

‘ Mr Efstathiou –  I believe he is a very good, trusted & consistent lawyer, always willing to answer my questions’.

‘We are very satisfied by the quality of the services and the urgent replies to our questions’.

Key clients

Wolt Oy

Dart Group plc (Jet2.com & Jet2holidays)

Trading Point Holdings Ltd (XM)

Housing Finance Corporation

Yandex LLC

Iron Mountain Cyprus Limited

Accenture S.A. (Cyprus branch)

Cisco Systems Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Yandex LLC in legal proceedings before the District Court of Limassol on employment law matters, involving complex, novel and unprecedented legal issues, since there is no solid case-law in Cyprus regarding the enforceability of post-termination restrictions on employment.
  • Advising 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, the employment aspects of company restructuring, redundancy and provident and pension funds issues.
  • Advising Cisco Systems, Inc., an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the centre of Silicon Valley, on all employment law matters in relation to its Cyprus branch.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC has a broad practice that advises senior executives and employers on various contentious and non-contentious matters. Particular areas of expertise include conducting large scale due diligence exercises on potential acquisition targets and advising employers on remuneration, benefits and incentive packages. The team under the leadership of Nicholas Ktenas has also been busy advising senior employees on various matters such as unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal claims. The group frequently collaborates with large international law firms in the review and drafting of employment agreements and helps multinational companies with the local implementation of their global employment policies and procedures. Andrea Kallis Parparinou is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Ktenas

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Kallis Parparinou

Key clients

A.C Nielsen NoHuawei Technologies S.A

The British High Commission in Cyprus

U-TX Technologies

Fedex Express Europe

Amazon (Amazon web services)

BHC

Cyprus Public Transport Limited

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

Booking.com

KLM Group

Cyprus Tourist Development Company Limited

Avanti Communications Group

Bloomberg LP

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Dubai.

Pepperstone Group Limited

Greenmont VCIC Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AC Nielsen Cyprus Limited on a number of HR issues under Cyprus employment law, and reviewed employment and HR related documentation and procedures for the company.
  • Advised the British High Commission on various employment law matters including grievance procedures, National Health System eligibility and contributions, and undertook a comprehensive review of HR documentation, contracts, and policies.
  • Engaged by CPT Cyprus Public Transport Limited to provide legal advice on all matters relating to the transfer of the employment of employees from the former public transport operators to the client.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC fields a large and experienced employment and pensions team that advises a wide range of bodies and organisations in the public and the private sector as well as individuals. It represents clients in mediations and arbitrations as well, and is adept at handling issues surrounding collective bargaining, industrial disputes and other issues including collective redundancies, work place policies and handbooks. Managing partner George Z Georgiou is highly regarded. Nadia Tryfonidou advises clients on employment law, provident funds and pensions. Eleni Loizidou-Cleanthous is also recommended for her work on a broad range of employment matters with particular expertise in matters concerning discrimination and sexual harassment.

Practice head(s):

Nadia Tryfonidou; Eleni Loizidou Cleanthous

Other key lawyers:

George Z Georgiou

Testimonials

‘The team is quite experienced in matters of Cyprus employment law and can provide quick answers to simple and common questions arising in the ordinary course of business. The team was quite responsive during the Covid19 lockdown here in Cyprus during which we had to act fast and respond to questions from both clients and staff. The firm also provides information on legal updates to retainer customers which is quite useful.’

‘Nadia Tryfonidou: Responsive and helpful’.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has an able team that advises employees and employers on issues as diverse as employment agreements, settlement agreements through to the termination of employment and unfair dismissals. The department acts for a number of high profile clients on a variety of high-value and complicated cases too. The department, that is led by Lambros Soteriou, Savvas Savvides and Ioanna Solomou, has also been busy advising on diverse issues such as constructive dismissals, disciplinary proceedings and continues to work alongside some international law firms on a myriad of complex employment law matters. Recently it has been advising various organisations on employment law matters arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Soteriou; Savvas Savvides; Ioanna Solomou

Testimonials

‘The firm and particularly Savvas Savvides brings deep expertise and relationships in the area of private education. The firm’s tailored approach to our special sector is such an advantage, saving time and getting straight to the solution. Savvas Savvides brings unique expertise and relationships in the area of private schools in Cyprus, and because of that gets results’.

‘This law office commands a high reputation in legal and business circles in Cyprus. It comprises of high calibre staff with in-depth knowledge of legal matters in different categories who know exactly how to apply them in order to have best chance of success in court. The M. Kyprianou practice offers dependability, transparency and high efficiency in delivering the legal product. The team inspires confidence’. 

‘We have worked with the firm on various employment legal matters. The lawyers know this field very well, they are very professional and efficient. They have won our trust and it is now the firm of our choice in any upcoming legal matter in Cyprus’.

‘I  have worked with Mr. Savvas Savvides on several cases and he was always prompt, timely and open for calls and quick updates. Most of the time we had to work to tight deadlines, however Mr. Savvides and his team worked through all of the questions and concerns in a very polite and smart way’.

Key clients

XTRADE EUROPE

Tempo Beverages Cyprus Limited

OTKRITIE BROKER LTD

DP World Limassol Limited

YGEIA POLYCLINIC PRIVATE HOSPITAL LIMITED

British Airways

Maxiflex Ltd

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC advises its primarily local client base of employers and employees on the full range of employment law matters such as employee rights and pension benefits as well as representing clients before the labour tribunals in various employment disputes. Tasos Coucounis heads the team that has a wealth of experience in all aspects of employment law from redundancies and social insurance matters to health and safety at work, discrimination at work and collective agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tasos Coucounis

Key clients

Embassy of The State of Qatar in Cyprus

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board

Work highlights

  • Advised the Embassy of Qatar in Cyprus on the renewal of employment contracts with its personnel.
  • Entrusted by  HELLENIC TECHNICAL ENTERPRISES LIMITED  to advise on all its employment law disputes in 2020.
  • Advised  LARNACA SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE BOARD (LSDB) on numerous employment issues, employment disputes, employee contracts, employee appointments, and provided legal opinions, drafted documents, and represented the LSDB before the Administrative Court of Cyprus and other tribunals.

Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office

Thomas Christodoulou leads the team at Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office that has extensive experience in employment law matters. The group represents clients in court and advises on employment contracts, handbooks and policies. It is also well-placed to advise international organisations when they are seeking to establish a business in Cyprus.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Christodoulou

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC advises on the full spectrum of issues from compensation and benefits to HR risk and regulatory matters. Gaston Hadjianastassiou leads the 'highly committed and dedicated' team that regularly advises on employment contracts, as well as representing employers and employees in the Employment Tribunal in relation to various claims such as unfair dismissal. Manager Michalis Georgiou also garners praise for his work in this area.

Practice head(s):

Gaston Hadjianastassiou

Other key lawyers:

Michalis Georgiou

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are very well aware of the relevant legislation and they update themselves and their clients regularly. They are in a position to perform presentations and educate their clients. They respond fast and the quality of their work is excellent’.

‘Knowledgeable, keep themselves up to date and respond quickly and provide excellent service. They are efficient with excellent communication skills’.

‘Expertise, depth of knowledge, responsiveness and effective & amicable communication, reliability & professionalism’.

The partners surround themselves with excellent and hardworking associates, notably Michalis Georgiou (Senior Associate). Our engagement with the firm was highly confidential and time-sensitive; results were delivered on time despite multiple complexities in the relevant area of law due to a very recent reform of the legal framework. Although the local market is small and highly concentrated, confidentiality was well-preserved and sustained during the project‘.

‘Mr Michalis Georgiou (Senior Associate) has handled a variety of issues pertaining to employment & pensions law and appeared to possess expert knowledge and experience in the field. He handled all our enquiries with unparalleled professionalism and established excellent communication channels with the supervisory authority; a prerequisite in this project due to the nature of the legal issues at stake. Mr Georgiou spotted legal and commercial issues quickly and ensured timely delivery without compromising quality of work ’.

‘Strong knowledge of dispute resolution process and employment matters. Gaston Hadjianastassiou and Michalis Georgiou’.

‘The team is highly dedicated to meet the client’s needs, strong commitment to terms and quality of legal advice’. 

Key clients

Abacus Limited

Adidas

Albourne Partners (Cyprus) Limited

Alpha Television Cyprus Limited

Ancoria Insurance Public Ltd

Aqua Sol Hotels Public Company Limited

Avia Capital Leasing (Cyprus) Limited

Chapo Farmakas Asphalt Limited

Char. Pilakoutas Group Limited

Citrus Gardens Development Ltd

COCA-COLA HBC Cyprus Ltd

CSC Group Ltd

Deloitte Limited

Demstar Automotive Limited

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

Evexo Pharmaceuticals Ltd

EXIUM Engineering Services Ltd

Farmakeftiki Organosis Kyprou Ltd

Fereos Limited

Forum Private School

Latomia Pharmakas Dimosia Etaireia Ltd

Llyr Marine Limited

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus

New Nissan Cyprus Limited

Nexxie Group Limited

Phoenicia Fereos Cyprus Limited

Playtech Services (Cyprus) Limited

Sinergatikos Organismos Paragogis Zootrofon Ltd

Stanleybet Group

Takis Angelides Furnihome Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised and supported COCA-COLA HBC CYPRUS LTD on a daily basis the client on issues arising from Covid-19
  • Legal advice and support to Ancoria Insurance Public Limited in the setting up of a multiemployer provident fund to be commercially exploited as a service to several employers.
  • Advising 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. advises employers, trade unions, organised groups and individual employees in employment matters and litigation. Areas of expertise include advising on collective redundancies, the transfer of a business and unfair dismissal claims, as well as discrimination and harassment claims and the protection of employee data. The employment team under the leadership of Christos Stylianides and Anastasia Schini is particularly recommended for its strength on the contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Christos Stylianides; Anastasia Schini

Testimonials

‘The strong point that makes Stelios Stylianides and Co LLC unique, is its personal approach. The lawyers are always ready to provide any kind of support and advice in any kind of employment issue. Christos Stylianides and his team provide for a 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 of outcome for our company‘.

Key clients

Medochemie Limited

Th. Schinis Enterprises Limited

George Roussos Group of Companies

National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd on the implementation of a working from home regime following the outbreak of theCovid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising The Provident Fund of the National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Limited on various matters.
  • Advising National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd on the possibility of signing collective agreements with another trade union representing employees in the profession and drafting the new collective agreement.