Maria Lyn Scotland

Maria practices exclusively in family law with a specialism in high end/ big money financial remedy applications and (private law) children work. She will accept instructions to act through a solicitor or directly from members of the public (Direct Access). Maria is well known at the Bar and has won an award for her work from the Bar Council. She is extremely warm and engaging with members of the public and clients alike. As someone who is divorced and a single mother to two young daughters she understands all too well the emotional as well as financial impact family breakdown and court proceedings has upon clients, their children and family alike. However her warm approach with clients belies a tenacious and dogged approach with the other side and in court. She is trusted by several loyal instructing solicitors and members of the judiciary and has had a loyal following throughout her practice at the family bar since 1995. Her money/ financial practice concerns cases where the parties' wealth is substantial or else the issues complex. She is regularly involved in cases where the asset wealth is several million, involving issues of serious non-disclosure, assets outside of the jurisdiction, international issues and family Trusts. Maria's money work includes acting for the husband/ boyfriend, wife/ girlfriend or else third party intervener including on behalf of the Crown (in asset recovery cases). Maria also undertakes Trusts of Land Act 1996 (TOLATA) matters, concerning parties who were never married. Maria is also a strong advocate in private children law disputes (including financial claims on behalf of a child under Schedule 1). She is professional but empathetic, bringing to court proceedings the 'human touch'. Here is what the judiciary, members of the profession and clients have said about Maria: Lord Justice Wilson in Brisset v Brisset [2009] EWCA 679. The performance of counsel was outstanding. Indeed the hearing was short because counsel's submissions, written and oral, were so clear, so succinct and so realistic. Lord Justice Sedley in Brisset v Brisset [2009] EWCA 679: I agree with the judgment of Lord Justice Wilson, not least in relation to the high standard of representation and advocacy before this court.

Practice areas


  • FLBA


  • Q&A Panel


  • St. Anne's School for Girls, Windermere. (1981-1988) 11 GCSE 'O' levels & 4 GCSE 'A' leve
  • University of Leeds (1988-1991) Textile Studies II i Hons
  • South Bank University (1993-1994) Common Professional Examination conversion course in Law ('CPE?
  • Inns of Court School of Law (1994-1995) Bar Vocational Course (BVC) Commendation
  • University of Brighton (1991-1992) Film Studies.
  • University of Brighton (1993) Photography
  • University of East Anglia (2002-2003) Masters in Theatre: Text and Production Diploma.
  • Diploma in Basic Nutrition with the IFBB dated 2011.
  • Currently undertaking a part-time Masters at the University of Westminster in Sports & Exercise Nutr

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