People across Erotocritou strongly believe in fulfilling the obligation to assist through pro bono work. Pro bono work strengthens our lawyers’ abilities to apply their talents in representing individuals and organizations of limited means in a variety of matters. We do encourage our lawyers and associates to dedicate themselves to improve the community and help people in need by selecting his/her own pro bono activities. At Erotocritou, we believe that our pro bono commitment, which is regarded as one of the leading pro bono programs, is key to who we are.
In addition to handling high-profile cases, such as the massively publicised EOKA case (an action on behalf of former EOKA fighters in a claim against the British Government for torture and other violations of the European Convention of Human Rights which has taken place in Cyprus during 1955-1959), we also represent disadvantaged individuals. Our work covers the full range of our lawyers' skills, including transactional work, representation in Court and general consultation.
Handling a New Pro Bono Matter
Every potential pro bono matter must be examined and approved by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. A potential pro bono matter will be reviewed and evaluated to determine whether, among other things, it presents a conflict with any existing matter in the firm, if it advances law reform or would benefit the public interest and whether it provides direct legal services to an individual/organization unable to pay for the services rendered.
Notable Pro Bono Clients
Our firm, in collaboration with K.J. Conroy & Co Solicitors and other local law firms, is acting on behalf of former EOKA fighters in a claim against the British Government for torture and other violations of the European Convention of Human Rights which has taken place in Cyprus during 1955-1959. The move was encouraged by the High Court decision in 2011 to allow three Kenyans - who also accused the colonial government of torture - to sue Britain over human rights abuse perpetrated during the Mau-Mau uprising. The case was eventually settled in 2012 with the three Kenyans receiving payouts from the British government. The case is one of most high profile Cypriot cases which have been publicized in BBC, Al Jazeera, other foreign newspapers and TV channels as well as on a plethora of media in Cyprus.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Our firm is the exclusive legal advisor of CWGC in Cyprus. The Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. CWGC cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 153 countries. CWGC continues to preserve its cemeteries and memorials and encourage the act of remembrance. Each year around 20,000 headstones are either replaced or repaired by our staff. By preserving the memory of the dead with simple dignity and true equality, the Commission hopes to encourage future generations to remember the sacrifice made by so many. The Commission has established their offices in Cyprus back in 2012 and the same constitute their headquarters in the Mediterranean area.
Our firm is the exclusive legal advisor of SAGAPO Foundation. The Foundation is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential through education. SAGAPO commits in creating awareness to transform lives and restore hope. The Foundation, being one of the largest foundations in the country, is considerably active and is hosting on an annual basis a number of successful events and programs. Our firm provides constant legal advice to the foundation and its members in various legal sectors and members of our team are also appointed to the board of the directors of the foundation.
Limassol Child Welfare Association
Established in 1936, the Limassol Child Welfare Association was formed from individuals who wished to help and assist underprivileged families and children in Cyprus. The association’s foremost philanthropic priority is to provide support to children with special needs across Cyprus. LCWA commits in creating awareness to transform lives and restore hope. Our firm provides legal advice to the foundation in various legal sectors.