Maria is an Associate Solicitor within the family department at Hayes + Storr and heads up the children law team.
She is a specialist in private law children work and has worked on a wide range of cases including applications to remove children from the jurisdiction of England and Wales, including to non-Hague Convention countries.
Maria also has extensive experience of dealing with cases of serious domestic abuse and alleged abuse of children. In one such case, Maria appeared in the High Court on an appeal of a decision to refuse interim contact to one parent. She has experience of guiding clients through such complex and highly emotive proceedings and does so with sensitivity and compassion, with the children as the focus of her work.
Maria welcomes clients from the LGBTQ+ community looking for advice on the legal implications of assisted conception on the legal parentage of their child, or in relation to child arrangements or issues arising with regards to decision-making for the child.
Maria also acts for clients in relation to separation, divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships and matrimonial finances.
She 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. She qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at a firm in Middlesex, joined Hayes + Storr in 2018 and was made associate and lead of the children law team in January 2023.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys trying to defy the laws of ageing by keeping active with her local running club, yoga and keeping up with her two children!
“I cannot thank you enough for your help and expertise in re-establishing the children’s relationship with me again. I wish that I met you much earlier when social services first got involved with my children because the children would never have been removed from my care.”
“Thank you for persevering, holding me up and getting the case across the line.”
“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.”
ARTICLES BY MARIA