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Efstathios Divaris

Year of Call: 2005


  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM (Lond)
  • Bar Vocational Course

Areas of Work:


Before joining Chambers, Efstathios was a solicitor with higher rights of audience in a leading London firm of solicitors where he gained extensive experience in serious Crime, White-collar crime and Extradition. Since his transfer to the Bar, Efstathios prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and is regularly instructed in a wide range of cases, including serious violence, sexual offences and dishonesty. Efstathios is a grade 2 prosecutor on the CPS general crime panel.

Efstathios has delivered lectures on topical legal issues to solicitors at seminars organised by Chambers and has given a presentation to police officers on disclosure and the PACE Codes of Practice.

Efstathios is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis in suitable cases.


Notable Criminal cases

R v X – Chelmsford Crown Court 

Instructed as junior led by John Ojakovoh. Defendant accused of cheating the public revenue and fraud.

R v C – Court of Appeal

Appeal against sentence – Appeared for the appellant, a youth, who had been sentenced to an extended sentence of 5 years detention and 2 years on licence for robbery. The Court of Appeal quashed the sentence and substituted a determinate sentence of 5 years detention.

R v G – Warwick Crown Court

Sexual assault of a child under 13 – Defending. The defendant was accused of sexual assault of the daughter of his partner. Prosecution offered no evidence after the jury could not agree on a verdict.   

R v M – St Albans Crown Court

s.18 GBH - Defending. The indictment was severed to two separate trials. The defendant was acquitted in the first trial and the Crown offered no evidence on the first day of the second trial.

R v C – Croydon Crown Court

Defending a youth in a trial of robbery of a pensioner, where life changing injuries were caused to the victim. 

R v M – Aylesbury Crown Court

Defending a nurse accused of sexually assaulting a colleague. Cross-examination of the complainant required careful and sensitive witness handling. The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant. 

R v N – Maidstone Crown Court

Defending in a trial of conspiracy to burgle schools. The burglaries occurred in the early hours of the morning over a period of several months and the prosecution relied on cell site and ANPR evidence. 

R v V – Kingston Crown Court

Defending in a multi-handed s.18 GBH. Following extensive cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses, the prosecution offered no evidence against this defendant while the trial against the three co-defendants continued.


Immigration cases

Efstathios has extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, including asylum and human rights in the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.    


Languages Spoken

Greek (native)

German (conversational)

Spanish (conversational)


Professional Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

North London Bar Mess

Cypriot Lawyers’ Society


Mr Efstathios Divaris is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Mr Efstathios Divaris holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Mr Efstathios Divaris is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Efstathios Divaris provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/    


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9 KBW is delighted to announce success in applications to the Serious Fraud Office Counsel Panel
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Counsel John Clifford has been successful in his application to join the Serious Fraud Office Counsel Panel at level B and Efstathios Divaris and Charles Drinnan both at level C.

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9 KBW are recruiting three Pupils for October 2021
9 King's Bench Walk is offering two funded 12 month criminal pupillages from October 4th 2021.

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Lessons from the Spanish flu and other pandemics
John Clifford co-authors article in Counsel magazine which takes a look at how the sometimes competing concerns of public safety and open justice were met during previous pandemics [August 2020]

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R –v- Suleyman, Woolwich Crown Court, June 2020
John Clifford secures the conviction of Osman Suleyman in case involving the use of considerable violence in the context of prolonged serious sexual offending. When the victim refused to engage in sexual intercourse..

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9 KBW are delighted to announce further success in an application to upgrade on the Crown Prosecution Service London and South East Advocate Panel.
Chambers are very pleased to announce that Charles Drinnan has been successful in his application to upgrade to level 2 on the CPS London and South East General Crime Panel. Our warmest congratulations.

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