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6 - Cyprus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2013

Alexandros Tsadiras
Affiliation:
A.C. Tsadiras & Associates European University Cyprus
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Preliminary note

In Cyprus the title ‘practising advocate’ (δικηγόρος που ασκεί την δικηγορία in Greek) is, in principle, accorded to legal professionals who (i) are members of the Bar, (ii) possess an annual licence from the Cyprus Bar Association and (iii) pay their contributions to the Advocates Pension Fund. Those professionals can be self-employed, partners or associates in a law firm. Their status and activities are basically regulated by the Advocates’ Law Cap. 2 (hereinafter the Law) and the Advocates’ Code of Conduct Regulations of 2002 (hereinafter the Code). There exist six local bar associations (Nicosia, Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca, Paphos and Kerynia) and one centralised, national bar association, namely the Cyprus Bar Association.

The duty of secrecy in dealings and communications with clients (commonly referred to as ‘attorney–client privilege’) is exclusively imposed upon practising advocates as defined above. It does not therefore extend to those professionals who are not entitled to pursue their activities under that professional title. In-house lawyers may not be members of the Bar in Cyprus and the legal privilege is not therefore recognised for them. They are, of course, bound to respect the confidentiality clauses contained in their contract of employment; however, it is questionable whether those contractual constraints can validly be invoked by the in-house lawyer in order to refuse disclosure of information in court proceedings.

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References

Cyprus v. Carl (no 2) (1995) 2 CLR 232
that respect Pattichis v. KK (lawyer) (2006) 1 JSC 957
Georgiou v. Disciplinary Board of Advocates (1999) 1 JSC 384
Law no 188(I)/2007, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 2007
Law no 92(I)/1996, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 1996, issue no 3097, Appendix 1, Part I, of 8 November 1996
Mavrovouniotis v. Νicolaides (1933) 14 CLR 272; Erotocritou v. Soutsos (1965) 1 CLR 162; Ahapittas v. Roc-Chick Ltd (1968) CLR 1; Ioannides v. Sparsi (1979) 2 JSC 186; Ousmianis v. Nicolaou (1981) 2 JSC 314 (District Court); Ιn re Efthimiou (1987) 1 CLR 329
Law no 4/1978, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 1978, issue no 1424 of 10 February 1978
Law 73(I)/2004, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 2004, issue no 3834, Appendix 1, Part I, of 8 April 2004
Law no 138(I)/2001, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 2001, issue no 3549, Appendix 1, Part I, of 23 November 2001
Law no 112(I)/2004, Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus 2004, issue no 3850, Appendix 1, Part I, of 30 April 2004

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  • Cyprus
  • Compiled by The Bar of Brussels
  • Book: Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe
  • Online publication: 05 June 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139382656.007
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  • Compiled by The Bar of Brussels
  • Book: Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe
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  • Cyprus
  • Compiled by The Bar of Brussels
  • Book: Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe
  • Online publication: 05 June 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139382656.007
Available formats
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