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 Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. He is regularly instructed for the defence in a wide range of cases, including violent offences, sexual offences and dishonesty. At the same time, Efstathios is a CPS Grade 1 prosecutor and regularly prosecutes on behalf of the CPS and the National Probation Service. He has also been instructed as a case presenter by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and was recently instructed by the Home Office in a cash forfeiture case.

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

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

 

Recent cases

R v S - Kingston Crown Court

Appeared for the appellant who had been convicted of theft of a pedal cycle in the Youth Court. The appeal against conviction was allowed following a successful submission of no case to answer highlighting the defects of the identification evidence.

R v Z – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Instructed to represent the appellant who had been disqualified from driving following his conviction for driving without due care and attention. The Court quashed the driving disqualification and replaced it with 6 penalty points.

R v O – Aylesbury Crown Court

Instructed for the defence in a trial of dangerous driving and common assault. The prosecution accepted guilty pleas to driving without due care and attention and common assault on a limited basis. The defendant was sentenced to a fine and 6 penalty points.

R v N – Maidstone Crown Court

Instructed for the defence 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 P – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Successfully defended a client accused of breaching a non-molestation order.

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 A – Wood Green Crown Court

Defended a client accused of assaulting his wife. The jury could not agree and the prosecution decided not to seek a retrial.

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.

 

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.

News

Graeme Molloy prosecutes man accused of racially abusing MP
Graeme was instructed by the Crown to prosecute in the sentence of Andrzejv Gajowniczeka, a Polish National, who had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress

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James Dick appointed as Rape List Counsel
Congratulations to Jim Dick on his successful application to join the Rape and Serious Sexual Abuse Panel Counsel list. Chambers are delighted to see a valuable addition to the strong team of Rape List Counsel at 9KBW.

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Julian Jones and John Ojakovoh appointed as Serious Fraud Office Panel Counsel
Chambers are delighted to announce that following their successful applications, Julian Jones has joined panel A and John Ojakovoh Panel B of SFO External Counsel. Many congratulations to both of them.

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9 KBW OIC Roadshow and Mock Trials feature in The Times
Chambers highly successful Roadshow and Mock Trial programme was featured in an article by “The Brief” on August 9th 2017. The article outlined the growth of the Roadshow from birth to present day and showcased the work our tireless team undertake in the training of police Officers.

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John Ojakovoh instructed in cyber crime case
John Ojakovoh has been instructed to prosecute in R v Esteves at Blackfriars Crown Court

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