Principal Solicitor
BA (Hons), JD (Hons)

Current Practice

Maya is joint Chair of the VGSO's Constitutional and Intergovernmental Relations Practice Group. 

Maya provides advice and conducts litigation for a variety of government clients on questions of constitutional law, statutory interpretation, administrative decision-making, legislative drafting and other public law matters.

 In an advisory context, Maya regularly provides advice to the Attorney-General for Victoria on notices given under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) and on other issues of broad constitutional significance for the State.  Maya also maintains a diverse non-constitutional advisory practice, providing advice to government on policy and legislative development in a range of contexts (including corrections, environmental management and regulation, education, housing and public transport).

In a litigation context, Maya regularly acts for the Attorney-General intervening in constitutional litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria (Trial Division and Court of Appeal), the Federal Court and the High Court. 

Maya also has particular expertise with respect to royal commissions and other public inquiries and extensive experience advising government in the context of State, federal and joint State/federal inquiries. 

Experience

Maya qualified to practice at the VGSO and returned to the office in 2018, following two-and-a-half years performing other roles.  During that time she held positions as the Researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria, Richard Niall QC (now a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria), and as the Associate to the Hon Justice O'Callaghan of the Federal Court of Australia.

Maya has published on diverse public law questions, including:

  • Hollie Kerwin and Maya Narayan, ‘When the Carnival is Over: the case for reform of access to royal commission records’ in Rubenstein, K, A Genovese and T Luker (eds) The Court as Archive (ANU Press, 2019); and
  • Maya Narayan, ‘Creature of Statute, Beast of Burden: the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the heavy lifting of human rights’ (2011) 66 AIAL Forum 1 (awarded both the Professor Colin Howard Memorial Prize and the 2011 Australian Institute of Administrative Law Essay Prize).

Memberships and professional associations

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law