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Having completed her training contract at the Firm, Maria qualified into the Employment Practice at Magrath LLP in September 2013.
Maria advises both employers and employees on a wide range of employment related issues. She has successfully defended numerous employer clients against claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing in the Employment Tribunal. Maria provides day to day employment law and HR support and has advised clients on all aspects of the employment relationship. Maria has experience of advising clients on the impact and effect of TUPE on asset purchases and service provision changes and successfully dealt with ensuing litigation brought by employees.
In addition to advising employers, Maria frequently advises employee clients on the terms and effect of Settlement Agreements and how best to engineer and manage an exit from employment in challenging and circumstances, to the employee’s advantage.
Maria is also building a non contentious facet to her practice, frequently drafting employment contracts, handbooks and policies for clients as well as advising on best HR practice. She provides day to day advice to employer clients on how to manage difficult situations and challenging employee issues in a practical and commercially feasible way.
Maria writes briefings and updates for clients on changes to legislation and recent case law updates. Her recent article on the subject of employees on long term sick leave, was published in Occupational Health Magazine.
- University of Southampton – 2005 – 2008
- Hutton Collins LLP – 2008 – 2009
- College of Law – 2009 – 2010
- Fragomen LLP – 2010 – 2011
- Magrath LLP – 2011 – Present
Maria is a keen baker and, having won the Firm’s Bake Off in 2014, she is always looking to create the next Show Stopper (much to the delight of her colleagues). Aside from baking, Maria enjoys travelling and relaxing with a good book and the occasional glass of wine!