Maria obtained her law degree from Leeds Metropolitan University, and completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Leeds Law School.
Maria then joined Shulmans as a paralegal in 2014, working in the commercial property team.
In March 2016, Maria started her training contract with the firm, and qualified as a solicitor in November 2017, her time as a paralegal counting as part of her training.
Maria deals with construction contentious and non-contentious matters.
In contentious matters, Maria is dealing with complex claims involving contract law and applicability of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. She is experienced in running Court proceedings in both the High Court and County Court including Technology and Construction Court claims. Maria has also been involved in an adjudication and various claims involving enforcement of the adjudicator’s decision. Maria has experience in a variety of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, expert determination and structured negotiation.
In non-contentious matters, Maria has experience in providing advice on both standard industry contracts and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Her expertise includes: providing advice on construction procurement documentation, including building contracts, professional team appointments, collateral warranties, letters of reliance, bonds and guarantees; drafting and negotiating suites of construction procurement documentation for a variety of single and mixed-use construction projects, including retail parks, hotel schemes, student accommodation, retail and leisure facilities, city council offices, care homes, office and residential schemes and industrial premises; and advising banks and investment funds on their security packages for various construction schemes.