Meet the Team

Maria Udalova-Surkova

Partner, Head of Commercial

Maria heads the commercial teams across all our offices and runs our foreign investors office in Westminster, London. 

Maria was born and raised in Moscow and moved to the UK at 15 to pursue her career in law. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a LLB Honours Degree in Law and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Professional Education in Manchester. She was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2008.

Maria joined McHale & Co in 2013 as an Associate Solicitor to oversee the development of the Russian client base within the firm and became a Partner in September 2014. She has substantial experience in commercial property and contract law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. She acts for businesses across a variety of sectors in the UK as well as foreign investors with business interests in England and Wales, and has established relationships with tax accountants, wealth managers, counsel and other advisors, enabling her to provide a well-rounded and efficient service. She is also the liaison contact between our Russian-speaking clients and all departments at McHale & Co.

Maria is bilingual in Russian and English and is currently studying French. In her spare time Maria acts as a legal secretary and volunteer at the Warrington Russian Language School for Children and enjoys spending time with her family.