Legal Advisor Construction Industry

Construction legal adviceNICOS M. ELIA - LEGAL CONSULTANT
BSc, LLB Hons (Lon), MRICS, MAICA, MCIArb

Lawyer and Advocate

Age 44


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FOLLOWING 5 YEARS AS RESIDENT MANAGER WITH COMPANY, NOW LEGAL ADVISOR RETAINED FROM COSTAS TSIRIDES & CO


KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Retained Legal Advisor on construction projects in Europe, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Preparation of contractual and damages claims, Arbitration and Litigation Support, International Lecturer on Construction Contracts and Contract Law.


EDUCATION
1976 to 1982 B' Acropolis Gymnasium Science School, Nicosia
1985 to 1988 Thames Polytechnic - BSc Quantity Surveying
1997 to 2000 University of London - LLB (Hons), English Law Degree
2002 to present University of London - LLM, Masters in Construction Law - ongoing
2003 – Cyprus Bar Association examinations


CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
Over 18 years of Europe and international experience. Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Legal Advisor, Procurement Advisor, Arbitrator and Adjudicator, actively involved in construction projects in Europe, Cyprus, Greece and Eastern Mediterranean, advising clients on contractual and procurement problems and their resolution on a daily basis within the engineering and construction industries. Expert in building and civil engineering matters. Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Registered Adjudicator with the Association of Independent Adjudicators and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Legally Qualified to draft and administer construction and engineering contracts.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
Cost Planning, Preparation of Tender documents, Evaluation of Tenders and reporting, Valuation of Construction work in progress, Cost Management and recording, Final Accounts and Contractual Claim evaluations.

CAREER RECORD

1986 - 1987
MDA (London) Trainee Quantity Surveyor

1988 - 1990
MDA (London) Assistant Quantity Surveyor
Measurement and valuation responsibilities on 12 large projects from Town Centre Developments, Office Developments and Hospitals up to £70 million.

1991 - 1993
MDA (Cyprus) Limited
Senior Quantity Surveyor
Day to day Quantity Surveying duties.

1993 - Jan.1999
J.A. Theophilou (Consulting Engineers), representing
Howard Humphreys & Partners
Chief Quantity Surveyor on Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Scheme

1999 - 2004
James R. Knowles (Cyprus) Limited, (part of Longworth Consulting group of companies)
Resident Manager and Senior Consultant

July 2004 - Present
Costas Tsirides & Co. Legal Advisors working in collaboration with James R. Knowles (Cyprus) Limited, (part of Longworth Consulting group of companies)
Retained Legal Advisor

OFFICIAL POSITIONS HELD
Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (Cyprus Branch), 1999 to present.


OTHER ACTIVITIES
Lecturer at Seminars on Construction Law, Construction Claims, Contractual matters and Arbitration, Tutor at Training Courses for all sections of the construction and engineering industry.

LANGUAGES

Greek - excellent native language
English - excellent fluent written and spoken language
Italian - fair spoken language