Meet The Team

VIJAY MAHARAJ

Senior Counsel BA (Hons) LLB

Vijay practised as a Barrister and also as a Solicitor in U.K from 1977 until mid of 1979.

He was appointed as a Crown Counsel in The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Fiji from 1979 to 1981 and prosecuted criminal cases ranging from murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, fraud and larceny.

In December 1981 he resigned as Crown Counsel and joined a private law firm namely, Vijaya Parmanandan & Company in Fiji as a Criminal Defence Lawyer.

In November 1982 he opened his own law firm in Suva, Fiji under the Name & Style of Maharaj & Associates.

During the period between 1982 and 2012 carried out varied legal works, namely;

  • appearing as Counsel before a Royal Commission of Inquiry in Fiji presided by Sir John White (1984) as Legal Counsel for Australian researcher, Rosemarie Gallispie.
  • appearing as Counsel before Public Service Appeals Board and also before Industrial Tribunals.
  • conducted various civil and criminal trials.
  • Appointed as a Sole Disciplinary Tribunal by Fiji Islands Revenue & Customs Authority in 2007
  • considering submissions, writing rulings and handing down decisions on disciplinary matters.

Positions held by Vijay:

  • Chairperson of FRCA Appeals Board from 2007 – 2011.
  • A Board Director of Land Transport Authority since May, 2008
  • Current Chairman of the Land Transport Authority since July, 2015
  • A Current Director of the Water Authority of Fiji since May, 2011
  • A Current Director of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited since July, 2013

SURESH CHANDRA

Legal Practitioner BA (USP) LLB (Otago)

Suresh was admitted as a barrister & solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand on 13 September 1991 and admitted at the High Court of Fiji on 31 March 1992.

Suresh has attended clients and taken instructions to complete cases in:

  • Land matters – conveyancing. Litigation including attending Land Tribunal eviction cases etc
  • Family matters – Divorce custody and access and distribution of matrimonial properties.
  • Intellectual Properties – Registration of Trade marks, Litigation regarding Challenge of Will etc.
  • Business Transactions – Preparation of agreements, leases, settlements etc.
  • Criminal Cases
  • Estate and Trusts Cases
  • Judicial Review Cases
  • Non Contentions and contentious Estate Cases
  • Employment dispute cases
  • General Litigation

JOSEFA SERULAGILAGI LLB, Professional Diploma in Legal Practice

Associate Lawyer

LLB (USP) graduated in March 2015, PDLP first intake on 2015 and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the High Court of Fiji in August 2015.

Associate Lawyer at MC Lawyers Barristers and Solicitors, Commissioners for Oaths & Notaries Public

Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Received a Quartermasters Commission for the rank of Lieutenant in the 8th Fiji Infantry Regiment, Territorial Forces Brigade, RFMF.
Second in Command, Charlie Company, 8FIR, TF BDE, RFMF.

2009 – 2011

Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Basic Recruit Course 01/09
Junior Non Commissioned Officers Course 02/09
Section Commanders Course 01/09
Shooting Coaches Module 01/09
Officer Cadet Training Course 01/10


STAFF

Sandyhya Prasad

Receptionist / Secretary

Ana Yalorarawa

Litigation / Conveyancing Clerk

Merelita Dulunadau

Secretary / Conveyancing Clerk

Sumintra Singh

Clerk Typist

Gopal Rao

Chief Clerk