Maria receives instructions in all aspect of commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
Maria has experience of both trial and interlocutory litigation.
Maria is able to deal with the following matters:
• Contractual disputes and all matters involving the interpretation of contracts;
• Disputes involving the supply of business or commercial services;
• Assignment of debts;
• Contractual disputes in the media industry (see Media CV);
• Claims arising out of breach of contract, the SGSA 82, the CRA 2015, the Distance Selling Regulations; UCTA 1977;
• Cases concerning civil fraud, allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and the tort of deceit;
• Applications for strike out/summary judgment;
• All types of injunctive relief including prohibitory, proprietary, and urgent injunctions;
• Enforcement –through bailiffs, interim and final charging orders, third party debt orders;
• Financial services litigation (professional negligence unregulated collective investment schemes/Harlequin Property);
• Business rates disputes;
• Claims and defences arising under the Data Protection Act 1998;
HIGH COURT ENFORCEMENT
Maria frequently deals with enforcement issues and issues concerning bailment and actions on behalf of High Court Enforcement Officers and bailiffs including interpleader proceedings.
Specifically, Maria has been involved in test cases in the High Court on the interpretation of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013, and Schedule 12 to the Tribunal Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. Maria fully understands the HCEOA code of conduct, and the complaints process.
Maria deals with all the high court appeals on issues of enforcement and delivers training in this complex, but niche area of law.
Maria and No5 Barristers’ Chambers are hosting an annual enforcement seminar run with a Panel of Specialists.
Maria is also a Legal Advisor to the High Court Enforcement Officers Association.
Maria also deals with interim and final charging orders, third party debt orders, and orders for the sale of land.
Maria has a real interest in dealing with cases of an international element and specifically holds an LL.M from the University of Nottingham in International Law where she studied both public, and private international law and was a Legal Intern at the International Bar Association.
Maria is also interested in international dispute resolution, specifically international commercial arbitration and intends to become a fellow of the CIARB.
She is a member of the Young ICCA and has experience of undertaking work in the International Chamber of Commerce. Including arguments in relation to the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal, and validity of the arbitration clause.
Maria spent 2017 as a registered foreign lawyer working in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Tasmania assisting a company with their litigation and undertaking advocacy in a range of courts and tribunals in Australia.
Maria is due to be admitted to the Roll as a Solicitor in New South Wales and intends to continue expanding her professional experience overseas.
Whilst many cases are confidential and ongoing, recent work undertaken by Maria includes:
- Acting and advising in a breach of contract/warranty claim in excess of two million;
- Maria was junior counsel in Lloyd v Kruger  EWHC 2011 (Comm) where she successfully defended a 1.3 million claim in the tort of deceit;
- Acting for a number of properties in contested Liability Orders for unpaid Non Domestic Rates – dealing with the appeal in the Magistrates’ Court and defending associated insolvency proceedings;
- Acting on a number of interesting media disputes (see Media CV);
- Acting and advising on urgent injunctive relief;
Lloyd v Kruger  EWHC 2011 (Comm) (Lionel Persey QC)
Defending a fraudulent misrepresentation claim in the tort of deceit.
Booker & Anor v RT Financial Services  EWHC 3186 (Master Matthews)
Limitation issue arising out of a financial services claim.
International Bar Association
Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
CIARB – (Canada Branch)
LL.M International Law – Public and Private International Law – University of Nottingham.