WHO WE ARE
“The journey began in the 1920s in Asia minor. My great uncle was a lawyer in Istanbul, a member of the Armenian community there. Stories of his great legal career as related by my grandparents were a constant source of inspiration coupled with the fact that once he arrived in Cyprus in the 1920s he was practicing law in the British colonial courts in Limassol, the first Armenian lawyer to practice in Cyprus.
Later in the 1970s, my surviving grandfather and I spent many an hour on the couch featuring on our front page engrossed in the most amazing, fascinating conversations about everything under the sun from the simplest matters such as when and how he met my grandmother, through to life principles and worldly wise advice on life. He used to say that travelling and life experiences are the deepest and most impressive life coaches.
When I informed him I was thinking of becoming a lawyer, he was delighted and left me with three life defining bits of advice:
1. “Honesty and integrity – maintain this and your reputation will ensure your long term success.”
2. “Work hard because easy money comes and goes but success wrought out of your own efforts remains forever. Education is the eternal gold bracelet, he would say.”
3. “Listen to people but do not be swayed by what others say as long as you stick to what you believe and fight for this.”
With all this echoing in my mind and after years of hard work at school, university, college of Law and training, I embarked on my legal career which culminated in the establishment of my own Law Firm in 1997.
The couch on this page takes pride of place in the entrance as a constant reminder of the values instilled in our Law Firm as a result of the journeys of my great uncle’s grandfather and father. Furthermore, our sterling reputation for integrity, honesty, efficiency, professionalism, consistency and dedication to securing our clients’ best interests efficiently and effectively, has been nurtured, developed and enhanced by the caliber and characters of our team.
And now I present them to you!”
Nairy Der Arakelian – Merheje