3rd Cyprus Legal Conference
Over the last decade, the legal profession has experienced unprecedented changes in response to policy changes, technological innovation, shifting client demands and expectations, evolving social media trends, etc. Following the COVID-19 crisis, it is expected to introduce further reforms as law firms acknowledge the need to transform the way they attract, develop and retain talent in order to succeed. At the same time, a new generation of lawyers is facing its own difficulties and dilemmas in the course of its professional development journey. The Conference aims to act as a platform for discussion to help firms identify which talent strategies are best suited to them and to enable legal professionals to position themselves in relation to their competitors so as to deal with the challenges that lie ahead as they strive to achieve their professional goals.
Full participation in the Conference corresponds to up to 3 CPD units.
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Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou has transferred knowledge and run externally funded projects in several universities throughout Europe including Cyprus and the UK for the past 20 years. She is currently Professor of European Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus). She supervises numerous LLM dissertations, PhDs and post-docs in fields related to her own research including on the financial crisis, migration crisis, rule of law, effective judicial protection, Brexit, privacy, artificial intelligence and other current issues in EU law. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a certified Mediator as well as a Data Protection Officer and is very active in the organisation and delivery of CPD courses at the School of Law. She has been a legal expert for the Legal Services of the Republic of Cyprus assisting Commissions of Inquiry (2018-19; 2020). She is the Founding Member and Director of the non-profit organisation ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods), a social enterprise fostering community projects widening access to justice having an impact on society (see www. iclaimcentre.org). In February 2021 she received the European Citizen 2020 Prize of the European Parliament as ICLAIM Founder for its ‘Social Mediation in Practice’ project.
Jonathan Goldsmith is a consultant in European and international legal services, working as an expert on numerous funded projects aimed at improving the administration of justice in the EU and world-wide. He is an English solicitor, blogs weekly on legal topics for the Law Society Gazette, and is a member of the Council of the Law Society. From 2001 to 2015, he was the Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents over 1,000,000 European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He began his legal career in the UK Citizens Advice Bureaux as advice worker (1978-1980) and community lawyer (1980-1986). After that, he joined the Law Society of England and Wales, first as Deputy Head, Communications and then, from 1995-2001, as Director, International, promoting the interests of solicitors abroad.
Assistant Professor in English Law & Legal Practice and Deputy Head, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus
Klearchos A. Kyriakides is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law of the Cyprus Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan Cyprus), where is also Deputy Head of School and co-founder of the Rule of Law Monitoring Mechanism. He was born in London and educated in the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Westminster. In 2003, he qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and practised Law in London. In 2007, he ceased practising law to focus on academia. However, he has remained a non-practising member of the Law Society of England and Wales. He has also remained an Executive Committee Member of the West London Law Society, in which he served as President from 2010 until 2011.
Associate Child Abuse Solicitor, Switalskis Solicitors / The Junior Lawyers Division of England and Wales, UK
Amy Clowrey is an Associate Solicitor within the child abuse department at Switalskis Solicitors, representing victims of historical child abuse and exploitation. Amy is a former chair, and current committee member, of the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society of England and Wales, the educational representative of the Yorkshire Union of Lawyers and a committee member of the Huddersfield Law Society Twinning with Uganda Group. In 2017 she travelled to Uganda to provide training to Ugandan lawyers in conjunction with the Ugandan Law Society.
Partner and Head of Corporate, George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC, Cyprus
Dan Gardener has substantial previous experience as in-house counsel in financial institutions in both the UK and Cyprus. He is an English solicitor and former employed bar barrister (20+ years legal practice) registered with the Cyprus Bar. He heads the firm’s Corporate practice and has a particular focus on acquisitions, banking and commercial matters.
Director, Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants
Evelina Georgiades is Director at Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants, and is responsible for the firm’s Marketing, Communications, Events and overall Administration. Together with the Co-Managing Partners, she also leads the Business Development and Strategy team. For over 10 years, Evelina headed the Human Resources department at Chrysostomides, and was responsible for the recruitment and development of the firm’s members, at both its Nicosia and Limassol offices.
Founder and Managing Partner of Constantinou Panayiotou & Co, Board Member of the Cyprus Bar Association
Georgia Constantinou-Panayiotou is the Founder/Managing Partner of CONSTANTINOU PANAYIOTOU & CO LLC (GCP LAW). She is a Board Member of the Cyprus Bar Association (CBA). She holds a Law degree from the National & Kapodistrian University in Athens and a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in European (Commercial) Law from the University of Leicester. Georgia is a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Lawyers Foundation, the Chairwoman of the Committee of Young Lawyers (CBA), the Supervisor of the Committee for Companies/ Tax Planning (CBA), and a member of the Committee of Foreign Investments of OEB. Georgia is a leader in the legal industry. Experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions, International Private law, Contract and Commercial law and AML regulations, Georgia acts as legal counsel in high profile cross-border projects, representing HNI and organisations. She was the Instructor of Commercial Law and Trust Law at the European University Cyprus. She is an Insolvency Practitioner and an investor in start-ups for digital technology and communication, in Cyprus and Greece.
Manager, Corporate Department, Pyrgou Vakis LLC
Georgia Papa is the Manager of the Corporate and Commercial Department of Pyrgou Vakis LLC and she has extensive experience on corporate and finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, facilities and securities, private equity, restructurings and other complex corporate advisory work. Mrs. Papa has obtained an LLB from the University of Leicester and an LLM in Tax Law from Kings College London and she was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2011. She is also a holder of the Advance Diploma in International Taxation. Mrs. Papa also serves as a non-executive member in certain boards of Cyprus companies and is a member of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers).
Partner, Bennett Briegal LLP, UK
Mark Briegal is a founding partner at Bennett Briegal LLP, a specialist legal practice advising lawyers on the business of law, partnership matters, mergers and acquisitions, business structures, and professional regulation. Mark was on the Executive Board of a Top 200 law firm during a period of sustained growth. He originally worked in banking and then in management consulting, before qualifying as a solicitor. Mark aims to bring a very practical approach to business law. Mark has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Classics degree from Cambridge University.
Consultant, Lexington Consultants and The Møller Institute for Leadership, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK
Paul Browne is a consultant with Lexington Consultants and at the Møller Institute for Leadership, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He has been a law firm CEO and CFO/ COO. Paul solves challenges for law firm leadership- whether dealing with the opportunities post COVID19, acquisitions, international expansion, post-merger integration or partner development and remuneration. His clients include top law firms in UK, USA, EU, India, the Gulf, and Africa, and new challenger law firms who aspire to being the top law firms of the future. Paul studied at Oxford University, HEC Paris, Manchester and Harvard Business Schools.
Solicitor, Peter Scott Consulting, UK
Peter Scott is a solicitor and former Managing Partner of Eversheds London and European offices. He acts as an adviser, trainer, and coach to many law firms in relation to their strategic, financial, performance and reward, and risk and compliance issues, with a particular focus on helping to improve their competitiveness through effective performance management. He also acts as a ‘discreet mentor’ to many managing partners and CEOs. Peter is the author of several works on law firm management.
Managing Director & Law Firm Consultant, Marketing Lawyers, UK
Ben Trott is the Managing Director at Marketing Lawyers, a full-service marketing & consulting agency working with law firms internationally. Ben has worked for both national corporate and high street law firms in the UK as well as a barristers’ chambers. Ben was previously one of the youngest Directors of a Law Firm in the UK, sitting on the senior management team for a national law firm with 20 offices. His experience includes transforming a legal website from bringing in £250k pa in fees to over £2m pa and he has advised legal clients in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, and the Far East.
UCLan Cyprus is the European Campus of UCLan UK. Established in 1828, our mother university is one of the biggest and wealthiest UK Universities, recently ranked in the top 6.8% of the Best Universities in the World (CWUR 2021/22). UCLan Cyprus is a licensed university in Cyprus and its graduates have the unique privilege of receiving Two Degrees; from UCLan UK and from UCLan Cyprus, ensuring recognition in Cyprus, the UK, Europe, and internationally.
IMH is a leading Corporate Events and Media organization operating in the Knowledge and Information Economy. It provides products and services based on content, intelligence and connections to specialist audiences. IMH services include the organization of conferences, summits, client events, exhibitions, business, and mainstream media. Every year, IMH organizes more than 200 corporate events in physical, hybrid and online form: Conferences and Exhibitions on all market sectors, Investment summits and road shows in Cyprus and abroad, Client Conferences and other corporate events, Business award ceremonies. Our corporate events provide the biggest networking, business development, knowledge providing and career advancement opportunities in Cyprus. IMH media department operates, publishes and distributes: IN Business, the leading monthly business magazine in Cyprus, GOLD, the leading English-language monthly business Magazine in Cyprus, IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy), Over 40 annual business catalogues, supplements and directories, Reporter (www.reporter.com.cy), one of the most visited multi-thematic news portal in Cyprus. IMH recently acquired Super FM, the leading music radio station in Cyprus.
The Conference is addressed to:
• Legal consultants/advisors
• Legal assistants
• Judicial officers
• Legal academics
• HR executives from relevant organisations
• Representatives from relevant regulatory bodies and governmental authorities
GOLD was first published in 2011 as the first monthly English-language magazine in Cyprus. Today, it not only consistently promotes good business practices but has a unique and valuable readership, comprising High Net Worth Individ¬uals, executives of international companies, and English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot busi¬nessmen and women. www.goldnews.com.cy
As the flagship publication within IMH’s media brands, IN Business magazine, has a 16-year history, during which thousands of examples of good business practices by businesses and businesspeople, brands, commercial practices and developments have been showcased. The aim of IN Business was – and continues to be – the promotion of good Cypriot business. www.inbusinessnews.com
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