Maria joined Hayes + Storr in 2018 having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at a firm in Middlesex.
Maria can assist with all family matters, including relationship and marriage breakdown and ancillary financial relief, but her particular interest and specialism is in private law children cases.
Recently, Maria worked on cases involving removal of children from the jurisdiction of England and Wales, and where one parent lives in a non-EU country. These cases demonstrate the added complexity of worldwide travel to child arrangements when couples separate.
Maria also has experience of dealing with cases of alleged abuse of children, or of domestic abuse of one of the parents. Where such allegations are made, the court has a duty to consider making findings on such allegations by way of a Fact Finding Hearing. Maria has experience of guiding clients through such complex and highly emotive proceedings.
Maria completed her Degree in Law with Psychology at Staffordshire University and then went on to complete her legal practice course at The College of Law in Birmingham. After her first child was born, she decided to take a break from her career as a solicitor to bring up her two young children.
During her time away from the law, she set-up her own successful child-minding business enabling her to stay at home with her children, whilst also earning an income. She then worked as a marriage registrar with Norfolk County Council before embarking on a return to her legal career in the Hayes + Storr Family Department.
Outside of work, Maria enjoys doing activities with her family including walking, cycling and entertaining.
“I am being fully assessed to be considered as a carer for my grandchildren. Still a way to go but I wouldn’t have got this far without all your help.”