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Efstathios Divaris

Year of Call: 2005

Education:

  • 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 firm of solicitors where he gained extensive experience of general crime, fraud and extradition. Since his transfer to the Bar, Efstathios defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court. He is regularly instructed for the defence in a wide range of cases, including violent offences, sexual offences and dishonesty. Efstathios is also regularly instructed by theCPS and has also been instructed as a case presenter by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

In August 2016 Efstathios gave a presentation to trainee police officers on the PACE codes of practice and on disclosure.

Efstathios has delivered lectures on topical legal issues to solicitors at seminars organised by Chambers.

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

 

Notable Criminal cases

R v M – St Albans Crown Court

GBH with intent - 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 in a trial of robbery of a pensioner, where life changing injuries were caused to the victim. The defendant was 14 years old and the main witness for the prosecution was 16. 

R v J – Luton Crown Court

Defending in a trial of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a bladed article. Secured the acquittal of the defendant.

R v M – Aylesbury Crown Court

Appeared for the defence in a trial where the client was 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 S – Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant accused of affray and possession of a bladed article in a public place. Following mitigation, the judge was persuaded to sentence the defendant to a suspended period of imprisonment.   

R v P – Kingston Crown Court

Successfully defended a client accused of possessing articles for use in fraud. The case against the defendant was dismissed following a successful submission of no case to answer. 

R v A – Woolwich Crown Court

Appeared for the Prosecution. Secured the conviction of the defendant for assault and criminal damage following a two-day trial.

R v V – Kingston Crown Court

Successfully defended a client accused of grievous bodily harm with intent. At the end of the prosecution case, the prosecution offered no evidence against this defendant while the trial against the three co-defendants continued.

 

Immigration cases

Efstathios is regularly instructed in asylum and general immigration cases and frequently appears before the First Tier Tribunal. He recently appeared before the Upper Tribunal where he successfully argued that the Judge at the First Tier Tribunal had made a material error of law. The decision was set aside and the case was remitted to the First Tier Tribunal for rehearing.

 

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

 

Personal interests

Cinema, tango, cooking.

 

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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