Maria joined Twenty Essex in September 2020 after successfully completing pupillage. During pupillage, she gained experience in matters relating to arbitration, civil fraud, insolvency, shipping, insurance and general commercial disputes.
Before coming to the Bar, Maria was a qualified solicitor-advocate. She spent five years working at a top international law firm, where she specialised in commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. During this time, she gained first-hand experience in oral and written advocacy. She also spent six months in the firm’s Singapore office and worked on cases in Russia, Norway and Zambia.
Maria has a first class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge. She speaks fluent Russian and has lived and worked in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.