Maria Martin

Case Officer

About Maria Martin

Maria joined Invicta Law in 2019 having received her Batchelor of Laws from the University of Hertfordshire in 2018. She holds cases in both asylum and adult social care, including judicial review applications, age assessment challenges, Children Act challenges and Court of Protection proceedings. Maria has experience in advising on public law child protection proceedings and 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. She has conducted complex legal matters 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. 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 court in 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.

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.
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Client testimonials

“This was the first time I have dealt with a matter like this and Mark was extremely helpful in explaining what was required from me. He dealt with the case in a timely manner always responding quickly to my correspondence.”
School Client
“I felt supported at all times and thank Nina for her professional support and guidance throughout a difficult situation and process.”
School Client
“Fully satisfied with both the practical delivery of legal advice and also in the professional guidance and approach.”
School Client
“I am really grateful for your pragmatic approach to this case and well done on achieving such an excellent result for us. ”
Monitoring Officer
“Kent County Council’s 18+ service is supported by the Invicta Law asylum team providing impeccable legal advice in assisting our service to support asylum seeking care leavers in Kent.”
Leaving Care Service - Kent County Council
“The Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking (UAS) Children’s Service is grateful for the support your team provides in defending its age assessments and responding to UAS child-related legal matters. I and the Service look forward to working with you in 2024-25.’ ”
UAS Children’s Service - Kent County Council
“South East Strategic Migration Partnership (SESPM) have worked successfully with Invicta Law over a number of years and their support, advice and training has been a key element to our work in this field. They have offered value for money training which has received extremely high levels of positive feedback from participating local authorities in the South East. Our experience is that the advice and training, especially related to Age Assessments and undertaking Human Rights Assessments, has been particularly helpful for local authorities here. ”
South East Strategic Migration Partnership
“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

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