MEET DEMETRIS DEMETRIADES
Senior Managing Partner, Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC
Demetris Demetriades is the Senior Managing Partner at Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC in Paphos. It is a family Law Firm with his brother George, and Father, Andreas, as Partners. He was born and brought up in Paphos and lives with his wife Melina and twin sons, Andreas and Christos, in the city. Over the years he has looked after many clients and in this interview, we find out more about the man behind this leading legal firm.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A LAWYER?
Both of my parents were lawyers so I was brought up in a house where the law formed part of our daily routine and was a major topic in our conversations. My mother was originally a lawyer but moved into the banking sector.
I went to the UK and qualified as a Barrister at Grey’s Inn. After four great years in the UK, I wanted to return to my roots, and came back to Paphos in 1994 to begin my career in law. I successfully passed my Cyprus Bar examinations, and achieved the highest grades of that year. I started working with my father Andreas, who had established his law firm in 1970 and later was joined by my brother George. We will very soon be celebrating our 50th Anniversary as a Law Firm in this industry, and are looking forward to reflecting upon our achievements and successes, and continuing to grow and move forward.
HOW HAS THE COMPANY GROWN OVER THE YEARS?
It has been a fantastic journey – expanding from a team of five staff to over twenty-two today. It is very satisfying that over the years our team has helped thousands of people and has been able to build strong relationships and maintain them as long-term clients. Over the decades we have offered a professional, friendly and personal service to a diverse range of clients; from international companies to individuals from overseas, who want to make Cyprus their home. Our aim has always been to build a long-term relationship with each and every client, based on respect and mutual understanding.
WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE AT YOUR FIRM?
All aspects of the law relating to investment in Cyprus; from immigration matters (especially under the permanent residency scheme and Cyprus investment programme) to litigation.
A big part of our business has always been real estate transactions and due to the high demand, we have a dedicated and highly experienced team of lawyers, who cover the most complex and multi-faceted real estate issues.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN OFFER TO OUR READERS?
In this modern world of technology and ease of access to information online, it is tempting to consult the internet over legal matters. Although sometimes this can offer some basic guidance, it entails inherent dangers. It is like seeking a medical solution without seeing a professional doctor. So my advice would be to always obtain professional legal advice for legal issues. Do your research online to find a professional, and always follow recommendations from friends and associates.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKING DAY.
I usually start very early and finish late. I would definitely say that there isn’t a dull moment in my day. My team and I consistently face challenges and we need to actively seek solutions to a variety of queries. We have a specific department for private clients and are often faced with cases that require a very careful approach, due to the sensitive nature of the issues involved.
The day always goes quickly with meeting after meeting. Being the managing partner also incurs a number of additional tasks and responsibilities, which requires extra time and care to be taken to ensure everything is completed efficiently.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
The best part of my job is being able to address successfully the needs of my clients and to provide solutions to the problems that are worrying them.
The nature of my work is extremely varied, and in turn so are the people whom I meet. I am naturally a people-person, so enjoy the aspect of my work that involves meeting with many different kinds of people, and of course being lucky enough to travel internationally enables me to learn and experience a wealth of different cultures.
WHAT IS THE WORST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I am a natural workaholic and a perfectionist, and take great pride in ensuring that my job is done correctly. Of course, this level of dedication can, at times, impact the amount of time I allocate to my personal life. This can be unfair on my loved ones, such as my wife Melina and children, who are so supportive of me at all times. I am fortunate that they understand that managing a successful and well-known law firm requires time and dedication, and that if an international client flies into Cyprus at short notice, we will always prioritise them and ensure they are met and well looked after.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX AWAY FROM WORK?
I am a traditional family man, and my wife, kids and family are the number-one importance in my life. I always feel most relaxed when near to the sea. My ideal day-off would be spent with family at the beach, that would be my real “happy place”. I feel so fortunate to live on an Island that is chosen by millions for their annual holidays. We have everything on our doorstep.
I am also a keen skier and enjoy skiing in the Troodos Mountains. I especially like the fact that we have had lots of snow over the last few years. The only worrying part is that my sons are becoming better skiers than me!
I enjoy running and try to go for a run a couple of times a week. It keeps me fit and helps me wind down. My wife and I love travelling and we really enjoy the Greek islands. Greece is such an amazing and diverse country, which is often overlooked by Cypriots, as it is so close to home.
I have a close network of friends whom I have known since my childhood. I always try to make time to get together and enjoy real conversations with them. Sometimes I wish I had more time to spend with them, and, of course, my family but I am fortunate to be in a working role that I am extremely passionate about, justifying some of the sacrifices I have to make.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE PROPERTY MARKET IN PAPHOS PROGRESSING IN THE FUTURE?
It is difficult to say with complete certainty what the future of the property market will be. However, all statistics indicate a steady and healthy growth in property across Cyprus.
Recent legislative changes have helped in issuing thousands of Title Deeds in long standing cases and have also afforded additional protection to buyers. This has definitely given more certainty to the market and strengthened the confidence of buyers from across the world to select Cyprus as their chosen investment location.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE REDEVELOPMENT OF PAPHOS?
During the last few years we have seen huge improvements in the infrastructure of Paphos, as well as the renovation of the historical centre. It really is putting Paphos in the same league as other leading resorts. At the same time Paphos has managed to maintain its own identity as a safe and distinctive destination. Paphos is an up and coming multi-cultural city, with something to offer everyone, and has a vibrant atmosphere that will only continue to grow.
WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE?
Without question, the biggest influence in my life has been my parents. They taught me that success can only happen with hard work and honesty and, above all, to always treat every person I meet with the greatest of respect and equality.
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Written by Sarah Coyne