Having considerable experience in matters of construction claims and arbitration he advises and litigates on behalf of some of the largest contractors in the country. In relation to arbitration, both international and domestic, Theo has considerable experience in upholding or setting aside arbitral awards as well as in relation to proceedings for enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
He also advises and litigates on behalf of some of the largest semi-public bodies in Cyprus such as the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, the University of Cyprus and the Open University of Cyprus. Due to his hands-on experience as a litigator and his knowledge of the legal framework surrounding semi-public bodies he is adept at recognising the complicated relationship between public and private law.
Theo appears before both the District and Supreme Courts and also litigates before both domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
In relation to non-contentious advice, Theo opines for and advises a number of semi-public bodies in relation to both contractual matters and their administrative function.
- Counsel for the Attorney General of England and Wales and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom in a claim before the District Court of Famagusta against a number of United Kingdom armed forces personnel and the Attorney General of England and Wales on behalf of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom. Obtained a judgment dismissing the claim against the Attorney General of England and Wales and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom in its entirety on the grounds of the principle of state immunity.
- Counsel for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) in a claim before the District Court of Limassol lodged against HRMC by a Cypriot tobacco exporting company. The claim concerned the yellow/red card system used by HRMC to combat worldwide tobacco smuggling with the Claimant claiming approximately 30 million USD in damages. Obtained a judgment dismissing the claim against HRMC in its entirety.
- Counsel for the then Group 4 Securitas, now Brinks, in their joint bid with Conduent Inc for the Cypriot Ministry of Justice’s tender for the installation, operation and maintenance of the Cypriot traffic camera system. The project was valued at approximately 40 million Euros. The client was ultimately awarded the tender and now successfully operates the Cypriot traffic camera system.
- Counsel for the Cypriot Organisation for the Storage and Management of Oil Stocks (COSMOS), the organisation tasked with maintaining minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products for Cyprus, regarding the drafting of the tender documents in relation to the construction of the terminal storage facility of COSMOS. The project was valued at approximately 40 million euros.
- Counsel for the Sewerage Board of Paphos in an arbitration before the ICC in Geneva concerning a FIDIC contract for the construction and operation of the Sewarage Board of Paphos’ Sewage Treatment Plant. The Claimant company mounted a 12 million euro executed works and loss of profit claim against the Sewerage Board of Paphos. After a week-long trial before the Arbitrator in Geneva as well as lengthy written submissions by both parties the Arbitrator ruled and dismissed the loss of profit claim in its entirety granting the Claimant less than 10% of the amount claimed.
- Counsel for a prominent Ukrainian businessman who owned a minority stake in a Ukrainian telecoms giant whose parent company was going to be sold at what the client believed was a gross undervalue. The sale was valued at approximately 45 million USD. After lodging a claim before the District Court of Nicosia and obtaining interim orders preventing the sale from going forward, a settlement, on terms favourable to the client, was concluded between the parties. Thereafter the action was withdrawn and the sale was allowed to proceed.
- Counsel for the Respondent in an application for registration and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award of the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce for damages of approximately 1.5 million USD. The application was successfully resisted on grounds of deficiencies in the formal requirements of the New York Convention with costs being adjudged in favour of the client.
- Counsel for the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) in a claim before the District Court of Famagusta concerning the payment of rectified bills. An accounting error had resulted in a hotel being charged only 10% of their actual consumption for a period of approximately five years. Once the mistake was discovered EAC rectified and reissued the bills and demanded payment. The hotel refused on the grounds that EAC was estopped from claiming the amount due to the fact that the hotel had shown reliance on the initial bills and adjusted it position accordingly. The Court ruled in favour of EAC granting the full amount, with interests and costs.