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Maria in 60 seconds

Maria is a specialist in large scale commercial disputes and government inquiries. She has extensive experience acting for state and commonwealth government departments and has been involved in a wide range of matters for commercial clients including liquidators, banks and resources clients.

Maria has recently acted in a number of high profile inquiries. She acted for the NSW Police Force in the Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café Siege. In 2013 she acted for the State of NSW at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in respect of its Case Study on the Bethcar Children's Home. She has also acted for the NSW Police Force in a wide range of matters including the Cunneen Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland Newcastle, appeared for the Commissioner of Police in the Police Integrity Commission in Operation Protea and has acted for the State of NSW in a number of claims by both former police officers alleging negligence against the NSW Police Force and individuals who allege that they have been unlawfully arrested, maliciously prosecuted or defamed in their dealings with the NSW Police Force.

Maria has also had commercial experience and was involved in representing the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia in an investors' class action commenced against the company.

Qualifications

  • BA LLB (Honours - First Class)


Maria's Recent Experience

Department of Premier and Cabinet/State of New South Wales

Acted for the State of NSW in relation to the Bethcar case study at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse across Australia.

NSW Police Force

Various intentional tort claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery. Recent claims which have been heard in the Supreme Court of NSW include Benjamin Giovannetti (defamation claim arising from an application for membership at a PCYC) and Stewart Scott Irving v State of NSW (being an application for summary dismissal arising from a claim for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office).

NSW Police Force

Various claims by former police officers alleging negligence against the NSW Police Force after they psychological injuries from their service in the NSW Police Force.

NSW Police Force

Acted for the NSW Police Force on one of the most high profile and sensitive government investigations in recent years: the Cunneen Special Commission.

NSW Police Force

Acting for the Commissioner of Police and other officers of the NSW Police Force in relation to the Lindt Café Siege Inquest.