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Cyprus Bar Association to mull over landmark ruling

Following last month’s landmark Supreme Court ruling, the Cyprus Bar Association is to meet and decide what position to take on the matter.

THE CYPRUS Bar Association will meet next week to discuss the implications of the first ever case of compensation awarded for a lawyer’s negligence by the Supreme Court last month.

Bar Association President Doros Ioannides said yesterday the association would meet on May 13 to decide what position to take on the matter. On April 21, the Supreme Court ruled that Paphos lawyer Nicos Papacleovoulou had negligently carried out his duties on behalf of a British couple in a property transaction in 1999. The top court ordered the lawyer to pay €120,000 to the couple for money lost as a result of the transaction.

Ioannides noted this was the first ever case involving a lawyer’s negligence and needed further examination by the association. It also marks a precedent in that a lawyer agreed to represent clients suing another lawyer for the first time while in its ruling, the Supreme Court laid down, again for the first time, the duties and obligations of a lawyer in property transactions.

The judgement has ruffled a few feathers in the legal profession as lawyers who dabbled in unsafe practices in the past, particularly regarding searches in property transactions, are now liable to similar charges of negligence.

Cyprus Bar Association to mull over landmark ruling

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  • James JH Lockhart says:

    The Question facing the Cyprus Bar Association,

    Does it Continue to do next to Nothing against members who break the CBA Code of Conduct ? or Does it Change and Enforce its Code of conduct on members ??

    As there is over 1950 Advocates, it depends How many members are for Change ? and What Regions are most at Fault ?? ie Paphos, Nicosia ?

  • frances w says:

    We are glad to see the result of this case. Finally the law in Cyprus seems to be waking up to justice for the people. As previous clients of Mr Papacleovoulou we never felt that he protected our interests fully enough against a local unscrupulous developer.

    Congratulations to the lawyer that took the case on and persevered against the establishment. I am sure that he will never be short of ex-pat clients seeking redress through the Cyprus courts.

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