Barrister | Called 2016
Prior to commencing pupillage at Outer Temple Chambers, Maria worked as a County Court Advocate at a nationwide law firm. During her time as an Advocate, she represented clients in a range of civil disputes including mortgage possessions, infant approval hearings, bankruptcy proceedings and landlord and tenant matters.
Maria also gained significant commercial legal experience, working as part of an in-house legal team for a leading multinational company headquartered in Malaysia.
Before being called to the Bar, Maria read Law at the University of Birmingham (2012 – 2015) and later went on to complete the BPTC at the University of Law (2015 – 2016). Maria remains dedicated to pro bono work and has volunteered with organisations including Advocate, SIFA Fireside, The University of Birmingham’s Free Legal Advice Clinic and Citizens Advice.
Appointments, awards and memberships:
- Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Barrister’s Wig Award (The University of Law) (2019)
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
Maria has experience in a wide range of matters relating to personal injury and clinical negligence law. Maria has attended conferences with medical experts and clients as well as Costs and Case Management Hearings and Round Table settlement meetings. Maria also completed a broad range of written work including:
- An Advice on Quantum in an RTA claim;
- An Advice on merits in a clinical negligence claim: involving possible surgical negligence during cholecystectomy;
- Particulars of Claim in a clinical negligence claim: involving allegations of optometrist negligence;
- A Defence in a clinical negligence claim: involving allegations of surgical and radiological negligence;
- A Schedule of Loss in a complicated clinical negligence claim: involving admitted surgical negligence in a Total Hip Replacement.
Pensions & Trusts
Maria has experience with a wide range of matters relating to pensions, commercial and employment law. Maria has attended conferences with professional and lay clients, a mediation involving disputed pension benefits of retired directors and a two-week employment tribunal case involving claims of race discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Maria has also completed a broad range of written work including:
- Particulars of Claim in a case involving fraudulent misrepresentation;
- A Defence and an Advice in a case involving rectification of a commercial contract;
- An Advice and a Letter before Action in a case involving misselling of “scam” pensions investments;
- A Note on a point of law regarding actuarial negligence regarding the actions of a statutorily appointed scheme actuary viz a large pensions scheme and its funding;
- A Skeleton Argument for a Norwich Pharmacal order;
- Written submissions in an employment tribunal case involving direct discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.
Employment and Discrimination
Maria has represented clients in preliminary and final hearings at employment tribunals including successfully representing a client in an unlawful deduction from wages claim.
Examples of recent instructions include:
- Particulars of Claim in a claim involving, protected disclosure detriment, constructive unfair dismissal and automatic unfair dismissal;
- Particulars of Claim in a claim involving constructive unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction from wages and restrictive covenants;
- An Advice in a breach of contract and wrongful dismissal claim;
- An Advice in a TUPE claim;
- An Advice in a sex discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, unfair dismissal and automatic unfair dismissal claim.
Maria also conducts pro bono work and has represented clients in a Judicial Mediation and in preliminary hearings. More recently, she has successfully represented a lay client in a complex holiday pay claim under the Working Time Regulations 1998.