Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18.00
Central Court 25 Southampton Buildings London WC2A 1AL
Tel: +44 020 7936 3637
DX 458 London Chancery Lane
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Year of Call - 2000
Maria is a highly regarded barrister who is well known for her meticulous preparation, fearless approach to each case and persuasive style in Court. She has strong 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.
Maria prosecutes and defends all cases of serious crime. She is an accredited grade 4 serious crime prosecutor for the CPS. Maria’s practice includes cases of homicide, manslaughter in the workplace, substantial violence, rape and other serious sexual offences (including historic sexual abuse), multi-handed drug conspiracies, international human trafficking rings, money laundering and multi-million-pound frauds. Maria also has experience prosecuting and defending regulatory crime, health and safety breaches by corporations, noise abatement notices by the local authority, breaches of High Court injunctions and a wide range of environmental offences.
Recorder, Crown Court (2018, North-East Circuit)
Deputy District Judge, Magistrates Court (2017, London and South-East Circuit)
External Advocacy Assessor to the CPS (since 2014)
Accredited advocacy trainer for pupils and in-house advocates (since 2008)
Criminal Bar Association
Herts and Beds Bar Mess
Sentencing youths; appropriate discount to be applied on sentencing guidelines; manslaughter in Finsbury Park, London.
(Led junior) successful prosecution of a murder trial, where the defendant shot his wife and mother in law multiple times with a stolen rifle, before Mrs Justice McGowan; widely reported in the press.
(Led junior) successful prosecution of a murder trial, where the defendant stabbed his partner multiple times following a drug overdose. Successful advice to Treasury Counsel as unduly lenient sentence:  11 WLUK 19.
(Leading a junior) defending a 17 handed large-scale drugs conspiracy.
Successful defence of historic rapes and sexual offences against a child; specialist cross examination of a vulnerable witness.
Sexual images on social media where the distributor was the maker and appeared in the indecent image; mens rea and strict liability.
Abuse of process in sexual allegations from the 1950s; use of preparatory hearing; severance.
(Led junior) ground-breaking prosecution of the (then) oldest man in the country for prolific sexual offences; unique use of special measures to accommodate the physical needs of the defendant.
Defending a high-profile personal injury claim brought by a rape victim against a defendant outside the statutory limitation period and triggered by the defendant winning substantial sums in the National Lottery.
(Led junior) Prosecuting gross negligence manslaughter and substantial breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act before Mr Justice Popplewell.
Successful defence of contempt of court trial, breaches of environmental regulations and injunctions before Mr Justice Eady, widely reported in the press.