Maya is a solicitor in the social welfare department at TV Edwards. She joined the firm as a paralegal in January 2020 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2022. Maya works on a range of housing, community care and Court of Protection cases.
Maya advises and represents tenants in relation to possession proceedings brought on the basis of rent arrears, anti-social behaviour and sub-letting. In one case Maya represented a client who was the subject of possession proceedings brought by her housing association landlord as she had over £3000 in rent arrears. Through Maya’s assistance, the client was able to avoid a possession order being made and an affordable repayment plan was agreed to pay off the arrears.
Maya also advises homeless clients seeking support from the local authority. In a previous case Maya challenged the suitability of a client’s temporary accommodation on the basis that her child was at risk of violence and that the property was not affordable. Maya wrote detailed representations to the local authority and as a result, the council agreed to move the client and her family to more appropriate accommodation.
Maya can also assist with Court of Protection cases. She works on section 21A Mental Capacity Act challenges and section 16 Mental Capacity Act proceedings. Maya has represented both P, through their litigation friend the Official Solicitor, as well as family members who are respondents to the proceedings.
Using her community care experience, Maya assists with obtaining Care Act assessments and challenging inadequate care packages. Maya has experience in assisting those who have care needs but do not have recourse to public funds. She also has experience in assisting in community care work where housing and community care intertwines. She has been instructed by the Official Solicitor to assist in obtaining appropriate care and support for someone who lacks capacity and was also the subject of separate possession proceedings.
Maya studied a law degree at the University of Exeter and graduated with a 2:1 in 2018. She completed the Legal Practice Course with an LLM in Professional Legal Practice at BPP University where she obtained a Distinction in 2019.
Maya is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and has contributed to their work, most recently in their response to the government consultation on the Human Rights Act reform.
Maya was always answering our questions and working hard to help us. I am very happy with the service I have received and would highly recommend her.