Year of Call: 2017
LLB Law, First Class, University of Buckingham
BPTC, City Law School
Areas of Work
Maria is regularly instructed in the Crown Court in cases such as possession with intent to supply drugs, conspiracy to defraud, sexual offences and applications involving organised crime and kidnapping. Maria regularly prosecutes for the CPS and Professional Regulatory bodies.
Maria has a particular interest and experience in sensitive cases involving vulnerable clients with complex needs, cross-examination of child witnesses and cases relating to gangs.
Maria also practices in Regulatory law. Maria presents cases for the Nursing and Midwifery Council at substantive hearings. As part of the Government Legal Departments Attorney General List, Maria undertakes work in relation to disclosure on complex sensitive cases.
Crown Court Cases
R v M
Defended in trial involving one count of sexual assault against a stranger on the streets in the middle of the day. The client suffered from severe mental health issues and was granted an intermediary for his evidence. Despite a strong prosecution case the client was acquitted by the jury.
R v G
Defended in trial for threatening with a bladed article. The client was alleged to have tapped on the complainant’s window with a knife and then to have approached the complainant pointing the knife at him as if to stab him. Despite a strong case for the prosecution the client was acquitted by the jury.
R v Y
Currently instructed to defend in a trial alleging multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A. It is alleged that the defendants are involved in county lines and have been “cuckooing”.
R v S
Currently instructed to defend in a trial involving a number of counts of benefit fraud.
R v P
Instructed to defend in a conspiracy to defraud in a “crash for cash” case. After mitigation the client was sentenced to 4-months custody suspended for 18-months with no requirements.
R v D
Defended a breach of suspended sentence order by a defendant who is completely blind and has a long criminal record. After mitigation he obtained conditions on his SSO which were more favourable to him than those imposed originally due to submissions on how his disability affects him.
R v D
Mitigated for a defendant who pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article. Despite the crack-down on knife-crime by the courts the client was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.
R v S
Defended in an appeal against sentence for a 15-year-old found holding a bottle of highly concentrated acid at Liverpool Street Station during rush hour. Sentence of 8-months DTO halved to sentence of 4-months DTO.
R v H
Committal for sentence for possession of psychoactive substance, namely “spice”. After mitigation client was sentenced to a suspended sentence with no requirements.
R v S
Successfully represented CPS in opposing a bail application for organised and planned kidnapping involving the use of knives.
R v (a youth)
Defended in a youth knife-point robbery trial of a 13-year-old defendant with autism and ADHD. He was 12-years-old at the time of the robbery and his defence was that he was acting under duress from his co-defendant. Certificate of Counsel granted.
R v (a youth) and Others
Defended in a 5-handed youth trial for two counts of robbery. Certificate of Counsel granted. After much legal argument and negotiation on disclosure, the prosecution dropped the charges to common assault. They were further persuaded to drop one of the two charges of assault when their attention was drawn to details shown on the CCTV footage.
R v (a youth) and Others
Defended main defendant in a 3-handed youth trial involving charges of assault, public order and attempted theft. Client was found not guilty on the assault and public order and guilty on the attempted theft. Represented in the subsequent appeal against conviction for attempted theft. This was successful at half-time because the judge agreed with the legal analysis on the law of intention in relation to attempts.
R v (a youth)
Currently instructed in a GBH. It is alleged that the client fractured the complainant’s jaw which required surgery to fix.
Magistrates’ Court Cases
R v C
Represented a hedge-fund manager in an allegation of assault against his partner. Ultimately the basis of plea was accepted by the prosecution and the client avoided a lengthy sentence. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/hedge-fund-boss-hit-girlfriend-with-book-court-hears-a3885551.html
R v W
Defended in a lengthy criminal behaviour order hearing where the issue was whether the client was a member of a notorious gang and was dealing drugs on their behalf. Cross-examination of the officer and submissions led to the imposition of a 6-months interim CBO with only 1 condition of non-association. The original proposal was a 4-year CBO with numerous onerous conditions.
R v A
Defended in an assault alleged to have been witnessed by a 12-year-old. Persuaded the bench to exclude the child’s evidence under s.78 PACE and therefore avoided her having to give evidence. The client was acquittedafter trial.
R v B
Defended in a trial of two charges of assault by beating where it was alleged that the defendant strangled the complainant. The Crown initially intended to rely on a 9-year-old witness. Persuaded the Crown not to rely on the child’s evidence as it was not in the public interest to cause her to give evidence against her father. The client was acquitted of both charges after trial.
R v H
Defended in a trial with one charge of possession of an offensive weapon and one charge of assault by beating. Made a successful s.78 PACE application to exclude identification evidence on the basis of failures by the police to comply with Code D. This led to the case being stopped at half-time.
R v H
Defended in a Section 4 Public Order trial. Cross-examination undermined 5 prosecution witnesses. This led to the judge suggesting alternative charges to the prosecution indicating that the prosecution would not get past a submission of no case to answer.
R v M
Defended in a trial involving two charges of malicious communication. One charge was discontinued by the prosecution before the end of the complainant’s evidence as cross-examination demonstrated conclusively that he was lying in the witness box. He was given a specific warning by the chair of the bench about perjury after his evidence. For the second charge the bench found no case to answer at half-time.
R v G
Defended on two allegations of assault by beating. One of the assaults was alleged to have been committed whilst the complainant was pregnant. The judge stated that he was “thoroughly convinced” that the defendant had acted in self-defence. The client was acquitted of both charges.
R v L
Successful exceptional hardship application despite client accumulating 32 points on his licence.
Government Legal Department’s Attorney General List
Instructed by the National Crime Agency conducting a large document review involving legal professional privilege in a highly complex and sensitive case.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Regularly instructed by the NMC for substantive hearings, presenting a variety of cases, notably those involving nurses and midwives with complex mental health issues and those involving serious criminal investigations.
Miss Maria Buckingham is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
Miss Maria Buckingham holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/
Miss Maria Buckingham is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/
If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Maria Buckingham provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/