WITH considerable interest, I recently read an article on your website headed: no chance to complain about Cyprus lawyers.
I must be one of the ‘lucky’ ones who had my complaint heard and upheld by the (Cyprus Bar Association’s) disciplinary board. I made a formal complaint against a Paphos-based advocate on April 20, 2009 and I was present at a meeting of the disciplinary board on December 1, 2010, presided over and chaired by the president of the Bar Association Doros Ioannides.
The board upheld my complaint and ordered the lawyer to repay €7,500 within 90 days from the date of the hearing. Needless to say, I did not receive the money, and having informed Mr Ioannides that the amount remained unpaid, he subsequently confirmed to me that the lawyer had been ordered to reappear at a further disciplinary hearing on March 30, 2011.
I subsequently phoned Mr Ioannides to establish the outcome of the second hearing at the lawyer was asked to explain why she had not made the payment to me. He told me that he was not at liberty to disclose the findings of the hearing but that I was in a similar position to many other clients of the same lawyer.
To this day, I have never again heard from anybody within the disciplinary board or the Cyprus Bar Association. Mr Ioannides continues as president and the lawyer continues as an advocate in her Paphos practice. So much for Cypriot justice.
Thomas Murphy, Paphos