Maria is an expert in family and civil Law. She is regularly instructed in public and private law proceedings and has considerable experience representing local authorities, parents and guardians. She also has experience in Hague Convention and abduction cases. Maria undertakes a wide variety of ancillary relief work including cohabitation disputes. Her civil practice is primarily employment and inquest work.
Her appointment to the Attorney General’s panel of civil counsel in 2003 has enabled her to undertake a wide and diverse mix of civil and family work. Maria regularly undertakes work on behalf the Queen’s Proctor and the Attorney General, intervening in a wide range of divorce proceedings including recognition of foreign divorces, void and voidable divorce petitions and divorce petitions which are disputed or obtained by fraud. She has also undertaken work on behalf of the Register General.
Maria regularly appears on behalf of the Prison Service at inquests involving deaths in prison custody. Maria also has experience of judicial review, particularly in immigration.