Efstathios Divaris

Efstathios Divaris

Call: 2005


Before transferring to the Bar, Efstathios Divaris was a solicitor with higher rights of audience in a leading London firm of solicitors where he gained extensive experience in serious crime, white-collar crime and extradition. Since his transfer to the Bar, Efstathios prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and is regularly instructed in a wide range of cases, including serious violence, drugs, firearms, sexual offences and dishonesty. Efstathios is a level 3 prosecutor on the CPS general crime panel.

Efstathios is on the SFO Prosecution Panel C list of junior counsel.

Efstathios is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis in suitable cases.


Efstathios has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court in a wider range of offences. He has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal for the Prosecution in an appeal against conviction in a sexual assault case. The Court of Appeal found that the conviction was safe and dismissed the appeal.

  • R v M – Inner London Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of wounding with intent where the Defendant stabbed another on a bus. The Defendant was convicted.
  • R v L and P – Reading Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of a robbery of an exotic dancer. Both Defendants were convicted and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment between them.
  • R v W – Inner London Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of sexual assault where the victim was under 18 years old. The Defendant was convicted.
  • R v BA – Wood Green Crown Court. Prosecuting in a trial of coercive and controlling behaviour and malicious communications. The Defendant was convicted after a 6-day trial and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.
  • R v G – Warwick Crown Court. Sexual assault of a child under 13 – Defending. The Defendant was accused of sexual assault of the daughter of his partner. The prosecution offered no evidence after the jury could not agree on a verdict.
  • R v Jordan Hernandez [2023] EWCA Crim 814 – Court of Appeal.  Appeared for the Prosecution in an appeal against conviction. The appeal was dismissed.
  • R v C – Court of Appeal. Appeal against sentence – Appeared for the appellant, a youth, who had been sentenced to an extended sentence of 5 years detention and 2 years on licence for robbery of a pensioner who had suffered life-changing injuries as a result. The Court of Appeal quashed the sentence and substituted a determinate sentence of 5 years detention.
  • R v Heaven (Damien Daniel) [2024] EWCA Crim 88 – Court of Appeal.  Appeared for the Prosecution in an appeal against conviction.
  • R v M [2024] – Croydon Crown Court – Prosecuting a man who was convicted of S.18 GBH and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/24209077.penge-man-tortured-boiling-water-universal-credit/


  • LLB (Hons) University of North London (now London Metropolitan University)
  • LLM King’s College, University of London
  • Bar Vocational Course Inns of Court School of Law


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit


2 Apr 2024

Efstathios Divaris secures conviction in a S.18 GBH and blackmail trial

The defendant was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court after being found guilty of S.18 GBH and blackmail. Stafford Manahan tortured...

20 Feb 2024

Efstathios Divaris secures conviction in a firearms trial at Wood Green Crown Court

On 15th January 2024 after a two-week trial, the defendant was convicted of transferring a prohibited firearm, namely a revolver. He will be sentenced...

18 Jul 2023

Efstathios Divaris has Court of Appeal case reported

Efstathios was instructed to prosecute in a sexual assault trial in which a juror, a retired long-serving police officer, had brought to the Court's...

8 Mar 2021

Three new tenants join 2KBW

We are delighted to welcome Daniel ShenSmith, Leigh Hart and Efstathios Divaris to Chambers; they will further strengthen our core practice areas and are...


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