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Maria is our current pupil on the Outer Temple Chambers Extended Pupillage Scheme in association with the Free Representation Unit (FRU). Having completed her first six months with FRU, Maria has joined Chambers to commence her formal twelve months of pupillage. Maria has now begun her practising second six months of pupillage and accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas.
As part of her first six months with FRU Maria was instructed in a wide range of employment law claims including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, redundancy and breach of contract.
Maria also successfully represented clients in social security appeals at the First-Tier Tribunal. This has provided her with first-hand insight into the challenges faced by vulnerable clients with complex health conditions.
Education and previous experience
Prior to commencing pupillage, 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.
Pensions & Trusts
Under Michael Uberoi’s tutelage Maria experienced a wide range of matters relating to pensions, commercial and employment law. Maria 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 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.
Appointments & 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)