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Maria Downie

Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Ms. Downie is a lawyer working in the commercial litigation and disputes team. She is a competent draftsperson and prides herself on delivering practical commercial solutions for clients.

Ms. Downie joined K&L Gates as a seasonal clerk, a paralegal and then as a graduate, completing the graduate program and gaining exposure to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, energy, infrastructure and resources and general corporate advisory work.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Downie worked as a research assistant in commercial and criminal barristers' chambers providing assistance to leading Victorian barristers in media, employment, corporations, taxation, administrative and criminal law fields.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member

Additional Information


  • Five things you need to know before working with an influencer, Ragtrader, 28 June 2019

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Advising Westpac General Insurance Limited, defending significant personal injury matters.
  • Acting for Crown Melbourne Limited defending public liability claims.
  • Acting for Victorian Managed Insurance Authority defending common law claims.
  • Acting for professionals in defence of negligence and related actions.
  • Assisting on acting for an individual, Adele Moleta, in a Facebook defamation claim.


  • Assisting on advising ISS Facility Management Pty Ltd and the Danish listed ISS Group on their successful bid for the AUD 470 million SA Schools Public Private Partnership Project.
  • Assisting on advising a Spanish renewable energy and infrastructure developer on its probity obligations in relation to its bid for PPP projects across Australia and its acquisition of a competing respondent party.