Maria moved from our Nottingham office to the Yorkshire team, specifically the Huddersfield and Sheffield offices, in July 2020. Whilst working in Nottingham she built a strong reputation for her client care, a robust approach and her professionalism. She still maintains her professional contacts in Nottinghamshire, and she is happy to accept referrals and new cases from the East Midlands area and beyond.
Maria has a wide range of experience of advising clients who plan to separate or divorce, and clients who wish to enter into nuptial or cohabitation agreements. She can advise in respect of all areas arising within the course of reaching a financial settlement, including pre-acquired and post-separation assets, spousal maintenance, business assets, pensions and proceedings under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989.
Maria has a particular interest in children matters and applications for Child Arrangements Orders i.e. where a child is to live and how often they spend time with the other parent. She has conducted complex cases involving issues such as domestic violence, substance misuse, parental conflict, where there are allegations of parental alienation and cases which involve a Rule 16.4 Guardian. Maria has also represented clients regarding the removal of children from the jurisdiction, and cases where there is the question of which international jurisdiction is the most appropriate.
Maria has a caring and compassionate approach to clients, with a dedication to client care. She has been praised by her clients for her attention to detail, efficiency, devotion to her cases and her firm yet empathetic approach. She prides herself on giving reasoned advice to clients and always strives for the very best result.
The Legal 500 (2021) includes the following testimonial: ‘Maria Coster is an intelligent and pragmatic lawyer. She works hard for her clients. Most importantly she is a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend a client to her without hesitation and I don’t say that about many competitors.’
Training & Employment
Maria studied at Sheffield Hallam University, where she obtained a First Class LLB, and then Nottingham Law School, where she gained a Distinction on the Legal Practice Course. She qualified as a Solicitor in August 2012 and has worked exclusively in family law since late 2012.
Prior to joining Stowe, Maria worked for a top-tier boutique family law firm in Nottingham. She worked at our Nottingham office from November 2018 to July 2020, and now works at the Huddersfield and Sheffield offices.
Maria’s expertise in advising upon complex financial remedies and private children law is recognised by Resolution’s Specialist Accreditation scheme.
Maria is recommended in the Legal 500 as an individual ‘who is extremely proficient at identifying her clients’ main concerns’ and ‘ is always easily accessible and gives a measured and insightful opinion. Her expertise cannot be praised enough and she is highly recommended’.
She is noted as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 for 2020 and 2021.
Maria is a member of Resolution.
“Maria Coster is an intelligent and pragmatic lawyer. She works hard for her clients. Most importantly she is a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend a client to her without hesitation and I don’t say that about many competitors.” – Legal 500, 2021