Maria Stipi­cic
Senior Asso­ciate
Accred­it­ed Medi­a­tor NMAS & LEADR


Maria grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy, Syd­ney, with a Bach­e­lor of Laws and a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, major­ing in Media Arts and Pro­duc­tion. Maria was admit­ted in the Supre­me Court of New South Wales in 2009 and she is also admit­ted in the High Court of Aus­tralia.


Maria com­menced her legal career gain­ing expe­ri­ence at a bou­tique crim­i­nal and lit­i­ga­tion law firm, then as a legal intern at the Spe­cial Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice (SBS) assist­ing on defama­tion, media law and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty mat­ters, and also as a grad­u­ate lawyer at a gen­er­al lit­i­ga­tion and con­veyanc­ing prac­tice.


Maria went on to prac­tice as a com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tor for more than four years at a lead­ing Syd­ney law firm, where she spe­cialised in pro­vid­ing advice and solu­tions to a num­ber of large insti­tu­tion­al clients, as well as pri­vate clients, on a vari­ety of lit­i­gat­ed and non-lit­i­gat­ed mat­ters pre­dom­i­nate­ly in the insur­ance and finan­cial ser­vices indus­try.


At Aequitas Lawyers, Maria spe­cialis­es in dis­pute res­o­lu­tion and com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion. Maria con­tin­ues to prac­tice as an advo­cate for her clients and assists her clients in spot­ting legal risks ear­ly and resolv­ing dis­putes in a time­ly and cost-effec­tive man­ner.


Maria is also a nation­al­ly accred­it­ed Medi­a­tor under the Nation­al Medi­a­tor Accred­i­ta­tion Sys­tem (NMAS) and mem­ber of the Res­o­lu­tion Insti­tute. Maria is able to provide medi­a­tion ser­vices to par­tic­i­pants who would like assis­tance from a neu­tral third par­ty in resolv­ing a dis­pute or con­flict.


 Maria is high­ly regard­ed in the fol­low­ing areas of legal work:

  • Com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, includ­ing act­ing for plain­tiffs or defen­dants.
  • Con­tract and employ­ment dis­putes.
  • Aus­tralian con­sumer law mat­ters and dis­putes.
  • Leas­ing, licens­ing and oth­er prop­er­ty mat­ter dis­putes.
  • Advis­ing on and act­ing in retail leas­ing dis­putes, includ­ing act­ing for land­lords or ten­ants.
  • Fran­chis­ing, mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, breach of con­tract and oth­er civil dis­putes.
  • Gen­er­al insur­ance and sub­ro­gat­ed mat­ters, includ­ing insur­ance fraud and indem­ni­ty.
  • Debt recov­ery and enforce­ment of Judg­ments and orders.
  • Defama­tion and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty dis­putes.
  • Advis­ing on dif­fer­ent types of lit­i­gat­ed and non-lit­i­gat­ed mat­ters.
  • Prepar­ing and act­ing for clients with a dis­pute in var­i­ous juris­dic­tions, includ­ing before a Court, Tri­bunal, Fair Work Com­mis­sion, Fair Work Ombuds­man or the Finan­cial

Ombuds­man Ser­vice.

  • Act­ing as a third par­ty neutral/mediator for two or more par­ties to a dis­pute.
  • Advis­ing on and prepar­ing deeds, releas­es and set­tle­ment agree­ments.
  • Insol­ven­cy mat­ters, includ­ing unfair pref­er­ence claims.
  • Neg­li­gence, tres­pass and oth­er lia­bil­i­ty dis­putes.
  • Prop­er­ty dam­age claims and defend­ed mat­ters, includ­ing motor vehi­cle lia­bil­i­ty dis­putes.
  • Build­ing and con­struc­tion dis­putes, includ­ing owner’s cor­po­ra­tion or strata relat­ed mat­ters.
  • Pro­bate and Let­ters of Admin­is­tra­tion for deceased estates.