Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18.00
Central Court 25 Southampton Buildings London WC2A 1AL
Tel: +44 020 7936 3637
DX 458 London Chancery Lane
Chambers provides an out of hours service. If you call Chambers main number you will be diverted to the clerk on call who will be able to deal with your enquiry.
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Year of Call - 2000
Year of Silk - 2023
Maria was appointed King’s Counsel in 2023. She is the first female silk, and the first home-grown silk, in the history of Church Court Chambers.
Maria prosecutes and defends the most serious, sensitive, and complex of criminal offences. Her practice includes murders, large-scale frauds and confiscation proceedings, historic rapes, child abuse and high-profile sexual offences, road traffic fatalities, multi-handed drug conspiracies and international importations.
Prosecuting and defending gives Maria a comprehensive and tactical viewpoint on every case she is involved in.
She is instructed regularly on a private basis to defend complex sexual offences due to her considerable level of expertise in this area.
Maria is public access accredited and accepts direct instructions from members of the public: www.barcouncil.org.uk/using-a-barrister/public-access
Maria’s practice also includes prosecuting and defending regulatory crime: environmental offences, health and safety breaches by corporations, local authority prosecutions and breaches of High Court injunctions.
Maria is well known for her meticulous preparation, fearless approach to each case and persuasive style in Court. She has excellent legal skills, intelligent case planning and full commitment to each case she undertakes. She is an excellent communicator who holds the confidence of each client and the Court.
When she is not prosecuting or defending cases, Maria sits as a Judge in the Crown Court [a Recorder] and in the Magistrates Court [a Deputy District Judge].
King’s Counsel (2023)
Recorder, Crown Court (2018, North-East Circuit, London and South-East Circuit)
Deputy District Judge, Magistrates Court (2017, London and South-East Circuit)
CPS Rasso and Grade 4 prosecutor
External Advocacy Assessor to the CPS
Accredited advocacy trainer for pupils and in-house advocates
Memberships and Scholarships
ARDL: Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Criminal Bar Association
Herts and Beds Bar Mess
Middle Temple Scholar: Harold G. Fox and Harmsworth Awards
Internal multi-million-pound fraudulent loan scheme at Natwest
Housing fraud, unlawful sub-letting
Rapes on 4-year-old, infecting with gonorrhea
Historic rapes by 14-year-old boy
Historic rapes in family setting
Fatal assault on mother by son
Cryptocurrency, large-scale, multi-handed drug importation
Historic rapes over sustained period of time of 4-8 year olds
Historic rape of 8-year-old boy
Sexual abuse in care home by carer
Large-scale drugs supply, multi-handed
Internal abuse of position of trust at Barclays
Multi-handed money laundering of pensioner
Perverting the course of justice, multi-handed conspiracy
Death by dangerous driving
Rape at University Halls of Residence
Stabbing outside school in Luton
Sexual abuse by bogus gynecologist on multiple women
Multi-million-pound fraud of jade and ivory auctioned at Bonhams
Multi-handed stabbing at Cross Harbour DLR station
Large-scale abuse of trust by employees at Great Western Railway
Multi-handed stabbing on bus at Stratford
International multi-million money laundering
Stabbing by wife on husband
Personal injury on construction site
Grenfell Enquiry, advisory
Fatal piercing of eye at Finsbury Park café
Health and safety breaches on construction site
One-punch multi-handed manslaughter at Kingsbury station
Environmental law breaches/Enforcement Undertaking EU Forms: water discharge, recycling packaging
Double shooting break-in, attempted shooting of police in Hastings