Maria Phillips, UPP Canidate for St. Michael North has been a practising Attorney-at-Law for over twelve years . In addition to her legal qualifications she is a holder of two masters degrees in international law and international trade policy and she is currently completing post graduate diploma at the University of London in economic policy.Miss Phillips has completed her training and certification in mediation with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London. She is also a certified mediator in Trinidad. As strong advocate for dispute resolution since 2007, Miss Phillips has facilitated workshops in mediation, in which key personnel in both government and the private sector were trained in mediation. She has also lectured at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Law Cave Hill Campus in Alternative Dispute Resolution, as part of the undergraduate law degree program. Miss Phillips is the founder of Caribbean Centre for Conflict Management Inc. a company that trains personnel in alternative dispute resolution skills for the workplace, and she has trained personnel in Barbados and the Caribbean region. As part of her contribution to her Community she has served on several boards and is the former Deputy Chairperson of the Barbados Accreditation Council . She currently serves as a Trustee for the Charity the Barbados Centre for Conflict Management which was instrumental in designing a program for schools in teaching students conflict resolution skills . Her passion is to see Barbados develop through creative and equitable policies in addition, to implementing the structures that are necessary for legal reform.