Maria Martin

Senior Legal Assistant

About Maria Martin

Maria joined the Community Care group at Invicta Law in 2019 and is now a Senior Legal Assistant. She studied Law at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating in 2018 receiving her Bachelor of Laws. From 2018 she studied at the University of Law. Maria holds cases in both asylum and adult social care, including judicial review applications, age assessment challenges, Children Act challenges and Court of Protection proceedings. She also has experience in advising on public law child protection proceedings. Maria has provided training to local authority clients in relation to age assessment practice and procedure as well as law and practice when undertaking Human Rights Act assessments.

Currently, Maria is building on her experience to effectively defend pre-action challenges to local authority decisions particularly relating to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.  Maria has experience of conducting complex legal matters efficiently, including advising the client and instructing counsel in the High Court, the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court and the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum chamber. Maria has had conduct of a significant number of judicial reviews where the subject of challenge is the determination of the local authority’s age assessment.  Maria has settled several of these cases where the claim against the local authority has been withdrawn by consent. In one particular case, permission to judicially review an age decision was refused on the papers and again at renewal.

Maria’s case of MA v KCC (JR/1053/2021) was cited in an article in the Local Government Lawyer newsletter (along with other Invicta Law successful cases); this case found in favour of the local authority’s age decision, paying particular attention to the European documentation disclosure and the differing accounts given by the applicant.  Maria has also recently had experience of working with a QC in advising the client in the appeals process to the Court of Appeal, in particular considering and addressing the threshold the client would be required to meet to achieve permission to appeal and whether it is in the best interest of the client to pursue the appeal.

Maria is passionate about providing support to the Community Care client base and applying her academic learning in the workplace, whilst continuing to grow and develop the skills needed to become a Solicitor Advocate.

Areas of expertise

  • Asylum
  • Adult Social Care
  • Judicial Review Applications
  • Mental Capacity Act
Maria is passionate about providing support to clients and the Community Care group.

Client testimonials

“The service so far has very good feedback for both of your case holders assisting. We thank you again for your supplemental service to Lambeth ASC at this very busy time for our in-house legal team.”
Community Care London Borough of Lambeth
“The services we have had from Invicta Law have been excellent, both from the legal discussions but also the support we have received to increase my staff’s knowledge of the age assessment process. There have been times during some of our most challenging periods when I have communicated with members of your team at weekends and out of office hours, and the colleagues we have worked with have gone above and beyond in helping us in Torbay.”
Children's Services Torbay Council
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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