Constantinos (Kostis) Efstathiou is the Director and the head of the Criminal Litigation Practice Area of Efstathios C. Efstathiou LLC. He has extensive experience of business and financial crime Litigation, in particular in dealing with Proceeds of Crime as well as regulatory litigation and Administrative Law. He is a highly versatile lawyer with rankings in the leading directories in respect of business and financial crime; Administrative Law and Professional discipline.
He is the first choice highly experienced defence Advocate for high-profile, sensitive and most difficult cases. Kostis is regularly instructed in high-profile, complex and sensitive and often Cross-Boarder and International Cases. His extraordinary energy, humanity and compulsive attention to detail and tenacity means that he enjoys great success in defending his trials.
Kostis has developed a practice in Homoside offences including gang related murders, serious sexual abuse and fraud trials. Kostis has a wealth of past experience at all levels as was involved with the most serious trials along side his father Efstathios Efstathiou right from Junior/trainee level giving him many years experience in the top end and Serious Arrestable offences from right the begging of his career as a Pupil Advocate in his then fathers Practice.
This gives him a huge insight into the need to protect and understand the needs of vulnerable witnesses. The combination of his empathy, determined and sensitive approach led to great success which later formed the template for his highly astute trial tactics.
Kostis has built a first class reputation for winning. He thrives on difficult cases and securing acquittals against the odds, in the face of seemingly the strongest of evidence. This is why he is regularly instructed to defend the most serious cases in the country.
He is renowned for his ability to cross-examine experts on complex forensic evidence, and is often instructed in murder cases which demand his understanding of forensic pathology and cell site analysis. He is an outstanding advocate who has an innate ability to bring warmth, humour and dry wit to even the most sensitive of cases. He is renowned for his passionate and persuasive opening and closing speeches.
Kostis accepts instructions in all criminal and international matters and has regurlaly been instructed by individuals of High Office and Captains of Industry to provide his criminal and regulatory expertise.
Kostis has long had an interest in European Law, international law and the benefit to be gained in learning from other legal jurisdictions and forging close cultural ties.
Aside from defending Criminal Cases Kostis has long been involved in securing and maintaining the playing field for business and has been the head of the Office of Fair Trading for five years and has brought in measures to combat the imbalance of dominant large organisations monopolising the market and brought measures on many occasions that resulted in Actions in line with the Consumer Regulations Directive. Many such measures have been brought to light in particular following the Banking crisis of which Kostis has defended many clients unfairly pursued for contracts that would otherwise be Voidable.
Kostis is currently a Member of Parliament playing an active role in maintaining citizens Rights and being a watchful eye to any unfair Legislation breaching fair trade. The most recent of which was his introduction of a Parliamentary Bill to combat the epidemic of Unfair Terms in Banking Loans.
Kostis also deals with matters concerning the European Union as his main Post Graduate Qualifications revolve around Eu/Competition and is arguably one of the most academically accredited Practicing Lawyer in Cyprus regarding EU Law and has appeared many times in both the ECJ and the ECHR bringing about Cases and binding Case-Law most of which are still good Law today. and has forced the Law Commission to send many national Legislation and Regulations back to Parliament for Constitutional Reform.
In his free time Kostis follows politics, current affairs and is a keen football fan of which he follows his team to most national and international tournaments.