Maria advises a broad spectrum of clients including private companies, not-for-profit organisations, independent schools, banks, sports clubs, Churches and faith-based organisations on employment law and safeguarding matters.
Maria also acts for senior executives, particularly in the context of investigations or inquiries that they are involved in.
On the employment side, Maria’s typical caseload involves advising employers on the handling of sensitive personnel situations and investigations often into alleged misconduct, harassment, bullying or discrimination. Maria has guided employer clients through many complex matters ranging from one off cases to issues that may involve or impact on many staff members. She also advises HR teams (from all sectors) on more routine areas of employment law, such as performance management and staff exits.
Maria was one of the founding members of Farrer & Co’s Safeguarding Unit. She advises organisations who work with children on their legal obligations and has helped clients embed safer cultures through audits and support with policies and procedures. As well as advisory work, Maria has advised on a significant number of safeguarding cases. This involves working with clients and statutory authorities, advising on (or carrying out) investigations into allegations and guiding clients through external processes such as independent reviews or regulatory proceedings (particularly the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)).
The nature of Maria’s cases means that she often works closely with the firm’s media and reputation management lawyers and data protection lawyers. Maria is a versatile lawyer with excellent knowledge of related legal areas such as GDPR, charity law, disputes and insurance law. Maria co-leads the firm’s investigations practice, she is an "Achieving Best Evidence" trained investigator and is closely involved with the firm’s Tomorrow Together sustainability campaign.
Maria qualified as a solicitor in 2008.