Ms Maya Chilaeva > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Maya Chilaeva joined Quadrant Chambers on 1 October 2021 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile.

From October 2019 to August 2020, Maya spent ten months as a judicial assistant to the Commercial Court, sitting with a number of judges on matters ranging from without notice applications for freezing injunctions to an eight-week trial in the case of PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank [2021] EWHC 1852 (Comm). This experience, as well as the training received during pupillage, informs her approach to case preparation and advocacy as a junior barrister.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Maya worked for three years as an analyst in Equity Research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In that role she worked on the valuation of listed and unlisted companies in the Retail and European Diversified Financials sectors. She was also involved in regulatory work in relation to the operation of exchanges and produced written reports on the implications of MiFID II, the Financial Transaction Tax and Target2Securities for capital markets. Maya has passed the level 1 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exams.

Maya graduated from the London School of Economics and completed the GDL with distinction at City University. She was the winner of the Times 2TG national mooting competition in 2020.