Maya has over 20 years’ experience at the commercial bar appearing in applications, directions and trials in jurisdictions from VCAT to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
She enjoys a broad based commercial practice including contract disputes, equities, trusts, partnerships, mortgages and other securities as well as property disputes, building and construction, franchise disputes, company and insolvency disputes. Maya has also appeared in Fair Work Act general protection and unfair dismissal matters as well as discrimination and equal opportunity matters in the Federal Court and VCAT.
Maya completed her Australian Mediation Training in 2004. She is an accomplished and strategic negotiator and will provide early assistance to instructors and clients on limiting the costs and risks of lengty6 and expensive trials where appropriate. She has successfully employed the Civil Procedure Act 2010 to enforce procedural compliance by opposing parties in disputed matters including on matters of costs.
Maya completed her articles with Darvall McCutcheon in 1989 and worked as a commercial litigation solicitor at that firm and later at Lander & Rogers. In 1993 she was appointed an Associate at Jack Cohen, Serry & Co. On coming to the bar, Maya was extremely fortunate to read with the Honourable Justice Almond as one of only 5 readers before he took silk and his only female reader.
Maya is a regular contributor to the Bar Readers Course in advocacy training and has travelled a number of times with the Victorian Bar Pacific Rim Committee to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to carry out advocacy training of local students and lawyers.
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Excellent facilities in a bright and roomy environment. The McPhee Mediation Centre has been designed to create an environment conducive to obtaining successful mediation results. Its configuration allows you to bring parties together for mediation and then separate them from private consultation as required.