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Maria Moodie

Year of Call: 2011

"A very responsive junior."

Legal 500 2020

"Can turn around high-quality, detailed work in a short space of time"

Legal 500 2019

"Maria is second to none in her dedication and meticulous preparation in order to get the best possible result for very vulnerable clients whose futures often depend on the outcome of the case."

Warwick Norris, GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates

"The level of care and attention she gives to a case is unrivalled and her knowledge and skill in representation of victims of trafficking is exceptional. Her grounds are meticulously prepared and she leaves no stone unturned for vulnerable clients."

Firoza Saiyed, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

"Extremely engaged and great with tactics. She is very passionate about the rights of children and trafficked clients and in ensuring they get a holistic advice. Really pleasant to deal with and always responsive"

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia, Simpson Millar Solicitors

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Maria has a specialist public law practice in the areas of community care (Adult and Children Act cases), human trafficking, migrant welfare, housing, and immigration and asylum law.

Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Overview

Maria has developed niche expertise in the area of human trafficking. She frequently advises and represents victims of trafficking in immigration and asylum matters as well as in public law challenges concerning their proper identification as a victim, the resolution of age disputes, and the enforcement of the positive obligations arising under Article 4 ECHR.

Maria has particular specialism in age dispute judicial review challenges which involve cross over issues of homelessness, denied access to education and support services, dispersal, unlawful detention and removal. She is committed to the protection of the rights of these children, who are often experiencing severe mental health issues as a result of torture, abuse and trauma arising from their trafficking experiences.

Maria is co-author of the chapter on Human Trafficking in Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice (9th Edition).

Notable Cases

Maria was instructed on behalf of the Poppy Project (Eaves for Women) to intervene in test case litigation challenging the Detained Fast Track and, in particular, the inherent unfairness of this process for victims of trafficking.

The Home Office conceded that it had acted incompatibly with Article 4 ECHR and the High Court declared that the process had operated in a discriminatory manner contrary to s.149 EA 2010 for vulnerable groups. The Home Office have now suspended operation of the Detained Fast Track.

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IMMIGRATION: ASYLUM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Overview

Maria has developed niche expertise in the area of human trafficking. She frequently advises and represents victims of trafficking in immigration and asylum matters as well as in public law challenges concerning age disputes, the proper identification of victims and the enforcement of the positive obligations arising under Article 4 ECHR.

Notable Cases

Maria was instructed on behalf of the Poppy Project (Eaves for Women) to intervene in test case litigation challenging the Detained Fast Track and, in particular, the inherent unfairness of this process for victims of trafficking.

The Home Office conceded that it had acted incompatibly with Article 4 ECHR and the High Court declared that the process had operated in a discriminatory manner contrary to s.149 EA 2010 for vulnerable groups. The Home Office have now suspended operation of the Detained Fast Track.

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Community Care Law

Maria practises in all areas of community care, with a particular focus on Children Act challenges. She has considerable experience of advising and representing claimants in public law challenges relating to community care assessments, child in need assessments, the provision of services and support and the ongoing duties owed to care leavers.

She is specifically engaged with issues that arise from the interface between immigration and the provision of community care and welfare support. Maria previously acted as a Duty Representative for the Asylum Support Appeals Project in the First Tier Tribunal (Asylum Support), where she represented clients in s.4 and s.95 appeals. Maria has experience of advising on judicial review actions arising from these appeals.

Having mentored a number of unaccompanied asylum seeking minors and child victims of trafficking whilst working in the charity sector, Maria has a valuable insight into this client group and the particular issues they face. Maria is frequently instructed to advise and represent victims of trafficking in community care challenges.

Maria has particular specialism in age dispute judicial review challenges, which involve cross over issues of homelessness, dispersal, unlawful detention and removal. Maria is committed to the protection of the rights of these children, who are often experiencing mental health issues as a result of torture, trauma or trafficking experiences.

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Housing Law

Maria advises in all areas of housing law including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, disrepair, unlawful evictions, allocation of social housing and housing-related anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) injunctions.

The broad nature of Maria's experience means that she is able to apply public law and discrimination arguments effectively in a housing law context, particularly when representing vulnerable clients.

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International Human Rights

Overview

Maria has a dual qualification undergraduate law degree in English and French law, specialising in EU law. She then successfully completed a Maîitrise (MA) in EU and French law at the University of Rennes (France).

Maria was a visiting lecturer at City University, London, where she taught the 'International Human Rights Law and Practice' module to LLM students.

Maria's fluency in French was most recently sought after during an advisory project coordinated by the International Senior Lawyers Project exploring refugee determinations in Cameroon as a result of the increasing numbers of asylum seekers fleeing Boko Haram in Nigeria. Maria welcomes instructions from francophone countries.

Maria will act as an International Expert to assist GREVIO in its evaluation of France's compliance with the Istanbul Convention. The evaluation will take place in Autumn 2018.

European Court of Human Rights

In 2014, Maria was seconded to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg as a Pegasus Scholar. Whilst there she worked closely with the Head of the UK's Legal Division in advising on wide-ranging applications, drafting chambers judgments and communications to the UK government.

Notable Cases

European Court of Human Rights

The recent application brought against the UK following disclosure by Edward Snowden of alleged indiscriminate and un-targeted interception of external communications and metadata of journalistic material contrary to Articles 8 and 10 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v UK 62322/14 and Big Brother Watch and Others v UK 58170/13).

Maria also worked on an application alleging violation of religious freedom of expression (Green v UK 36797/14 challenging the Supreme Court's judgement in Bull v Hall [2013] UKSC 73) as well as an application challenging the operation of the limited jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal to undertake a full merits assessment of decisions made by the Independent Safeguarding Board (Harvey v UK (80237/13)).

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Pro Bono Work

Maria is a panel member for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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Notable Cases & News

Maria Moodie appointed UK National Research Consultant on anti-trafficking efforts for British Institute of International and Comparative Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has recently appointed Maria Moodie of Garden Court Chambers as the National Research Consultant for the UK case study into the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts as part of an innov

20 July 2021

Garden Court barristers appointed Legal Counsel to CEDAW People's Tribunal

Sonali Naik QC, Amanda Weston QC, Nicola Braganza, Grace Brown, Louise Hooper and Maria Moodie, all of Garden Court Chambers, are instructed pro bono to represent the CEDAW People's Tribunal.

14 May 2021

Maria Moodie co-drafted GREVIO's mid-term report that launched today, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Istanbul Convention

Maria Moodie of Garden Court Chambers co-drafted the report, 'Mid-term Horizontal Review of Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) baseline evaluation reports'

10 May 2021

GREVIO publishes evaluation report on Belgium implementation of Istanbul Convention

Maria Moodie of Garden Court Chambers advised upon and drafted Chapter VII of the Belgium report in relation to protections available for migrant women and asylum seekers who have experienced or are at risk of gender based violence.

12 October 2020

Violence against women and domestic violence in the Netherlands: GREVIO calls for a stronger gender perspective

Louise Hooper and Maria Moodie of Garden Court were part of the GREVIO delegation responsible for evaluating the Netherlands' implementation and compliance with the Istanbul Convention, also known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and comb

28 January 2020

GREVIO (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) publish official report on France’s implementation and compliance of the Istanbul Convention

Maria Moodie of Garden Court acted as International Expert to the GREVIO delegation responsible for evaluating France’s implementation and compliance with the Istanbul Convention, also known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating

22 November 2019

Garden Court Housing Team responds to Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government consultation on 'A new deal for renters'

The Garden Court Housing Team welcomes the government’s proposal to abolish no fault evictions (based on s.21 Housing Act 1988).

15 October 2019

The Garden Court Chambers Housing Team respond to the consultation of Terms of Reference of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called for responses to the consultation of Terms of Reference.

3 August 2017

Lost in Migration: Lawyers call for more protection for child victims of trafficking in Europe

Maria Moodie delivered a legal workshop at Missing Children Europe's 'Lost in Migration' conference in Malta.

24 February 2017

Important Court of Appeal judgment for victims of human trafficking

A number of defendants and the intervener were represented by counsel from Garden Court Chambers.

15 February 2017

High Court orders local authority to conduct re-assessment of age and considers “significantly different conclusion” test in ADCS Guidance for the first time

The claimant was represented by Maria Moodie of Garden Court Chambers.

20 December 2016

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Council fails to consider best interests of homeless children

The client was represented by Maria Moodie and Marina Sergides of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Team.

17 December 2015

High Court declares that Home Office asylum system fails to protect victims of trafficking, is discriminatory and breaches their human rights

Stephanie Harrison QC and Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers brought this test litigation.

20 July 2015

Maria Moodie returns from the European Court of Human Rights

Maria has been working with the head of the court's UK division on secondment as a Pegasus Scholar.

30 January 2015

Garden Court International works to protect universal jurisdiction

Barristers write open letter raising concerns about limiting universal jurisdiction in Spain.

5 August 2014

‘Let’s Talk FGM’ event held at Garden Court

Garden Court co-hosts evening of lively debate with key FGM activists.

8 April 2014

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women meets with Garden Court practitioners

Garden Court welcomes Rashida Manjoo to discuss practitioners’ experiences of dealing with victims of violence against women.

2 April 2014

Resounding victory for environmental protesters

After a 13-day trial, six environmental activists protesting against the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road have been acquitted of aggravated trespass.

14 March 2014

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Background

Prior to her career at the bar, Maria worked for a number of years in the charity sector advising on children's rights issues. This frontline experience very much forms the basis of Maria's commitment to representing children, vulnerable adults and victims of human trafficking.

Maria has previously lived and worked in Japan and subsequently maintained her study of Japanese. She was later awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin at Beijing University. After having spent a considerable amount of time in both countries Maria has a long-standing interest in South East Asia, in particular Chinese and Japanese affairs.

Publications

Maria is co-author of the chapter on human trafficking in Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice (9th Edition).

Awards

Pegasus Scholarship 2014

Inner Temple Pupillage Award 2012

Lord Taylor Prize 2011 (Second Highest Grade on the BPTC)

NTU Vice Chancellor's Scholarship to Beijing University to study Mandarin Chinese 2011

Representative of NLS at the ICC International Moot Mediation Competition held in Paris

Winner, Nottingham Law School Moot Mediation Competition 2011

Education

  • LLB European (French Law) - University of Exeter
  • Maîtrise en Droit (Européen et Français) - la Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique de l'Université de Rennes 1
  • International Children's Human Rights - LSE
  • BPTC - Nottingham Law School (Outstanding)

Professional Membership

  • Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
  • Liberty
  • Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)
  • Trafficking Law and Policy Forum
  • The ALBA Public Law Forum
  • Panel Member for the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • Japanese (intermediate)
  • Chinese Mandarin (beginner)

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