Menelaos Kyprianou studied law at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained an LLB (Hons.) in 1993. As a student at Nottingham University he was awarded two prizes: the JC Smith prize in the law of evidence, awarded to the student who obtains the highest mark in the subject of evidence; and the Law Graduates Association moot prize, awarded to the student who wins the moot competition. Mr Kyprianou was adjudged the winner in the final round of the competition by Sir Igor Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He then followed the bar vocational course and became a barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple in 1994.
In 1994, he returned to Cyprus and has practised law there ever since, focusing increasingly on dispute resolution cases of a corporate and commercial nature. The Legal 500 EMEA (2005 edition) described him as ‘a reputable litigator who has handled complex international cases’. Mr Kyprianou has been consistently recommended by the major law directories ever since. The 2014 edition described him as ‘an outstanding lawyer’, while according to the Chambers Europe 2014 directory, Mr Kyprianou is ‘relied on by clients for his excellent support in corporate disputes’.
In April 2007, he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as a member of the board of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, a position that he held until September 2011.
In 2014, Mr Kyprianou was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus as a member of the team advising the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side in relation to the talks with the Turkish Cypriot community, which have as an aim the reunification of Cyprus. Specifically, he has been appointed to the team that will advise on issues of European Union law.