Thalia Maragh

Year of Call: 2009, 1999 (Jamaica), 2017 (Turks & Caicos Islands)

Thalia's practice at the English Bar has been predominantly defending in serious crimes and acting for bereaved families in Article 2 inquests. She has a growing international practice.

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Criminal Defence

Overview

Thalia has over 15 years of experience as a criminal advocate. She has defended in a range of offences including murder, rape, historical sexual offences and other violent crimes.

Notable Cases

R v Zaman, Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to Murder - defendant acquitted. Led junior in 3 ½ months long trial which involved extensive PII and disclosure applications, abuse arguments arising from the conduct of WMP in the police investigation.

R v A, Sheffield Crown Court
Allegations of historical rape and sexual assaults (12 counts) - defendant acquitted. The trial judge commended Thalia for the sensitivity with which she conducted her cross examination of the complainant.

R v T, Wood Green Crown Court
Allegation of rape - defendant acquitted. The defence called expert evidence of secondary transfer of DNA in response to the crown's reliance on evidence of the defendant's DNA on the complainant's body.

R v B, Aylesbury Crown Court
Allegation of rape - defendant acquitted.

R v Marshall, Central Criminal Court
s18, (stabbing) - defendant acquitted - self defence raised.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

Thalia is currently instructed on behalf of bereaved, residents and survivors in the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Thalia acts for bereaved families in Article 2 inquests.

She is developing a public inquiries practice and has acted for campaigners against child sexual abuse who were designated core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Thalia has also acted for bereaved families in Coroner's Court proceedings in Jamaica and is an advocate for the reform of Jamaica's Coroner's Court proceedings.

Notable Cases

Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Thalia is currently instructed on behalf of bereaved, residents and survivors in the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Hillsborough Inquests Thalia acted for bereaved families in the Hillsborough inquests where the jury concluded that the 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. She was a member of the pathology team for 77 of the 96 which examined the pathology and medical evidence relevant to the timeline of death and medical cause of death.

Inquest into the death of Ann Marie Cox (2009) City of London Coroner's Court. Ann Marie died at HMP Holloway. The jury was critical of the prison's nursing staff's failure to administer Ann Marie's anti-psychotic medication which contributed to the deterioration of her health and their falsifying of her medical records to record that the medication had been administered, reported in the Guardian.

Inquest into the death of Jean Charles De Menezes. Her work included reviewing disclosed documents, schedules of evidence, attending conferences with Counsel and attending a Pre-Inquest Review.

Inquest into the death of Lexy Williams (2009) North London Coroner's Court. The jury returned a narrative which was critical of the MPS's pursuit policy. She was junior to Heather Williams Q.C. at the inquest.

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International Crime and Conflict Law

Overview

Thalia has a growing international practice, appearing in the Privy Council and advising on the merits of appealing to the Privy Council, particularly criminal convictions and cases which raise constitutional law issues. She has also appeared before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as junior counsel to Leslie Thomas QC.

Notable Cases

International Practice: Privy Council Appeals

Grant v The Queen [2007] 1 AC 1. Successful appeal against murder conviction where the constitutionality of the Jamaican Evidence Act provision relying on statement of absent witness was challenged.

Tapper v The Queen [2012] 1 WLR 2712. Criminal appeal, whether a delay in proceedings was in breach of the constitutional right to due process.

Phipps v DPP and AG [2012] UKPC 24. Appeal against murder conviction.

Commissioner of Police and Another v Steadroy Benjamin [2014] UKPC 8, Criminal law appeal which considered the right of a citizen to institute criminal proceedings and the power of the of the DPP to discontinue criminal proceedings.

Turks and Caicos Islands (Court of Appeal) Thalia is currently instructed for the defence in an appeal against a murder conviction which has been fixed for hearing in November 2017 in the TCI.

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Background

Thalia was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1999 where she maintained a mixed criminal and civil liberties practice at the private bar. She defended in cases ranging from murder, firearm offences and sexual offences.

Thalia also worked as the staff attorney for The Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights (a Jamaican based human rights NGO) from 2005/6 before pursuing an LLM in international crime and human rights at King's College London.

In 2009 she was called to the Bar in the England and Wales, and later in 2017 in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She worked at Birnberg Peirce and Partners before transferring to the Bar in 2009.

Training and Seminars

Thalia is a Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer and has written Human Rights training programmes and conducted Human Rights Training with Correctional Officers in Jamaica.

Awards

Thalia was a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship (2006/7)

Latest News

Leslie Thomas QC delivers closing statement at Grenfell Inquiry on behalf of survivors and bereaved families

Leslie Thomas QC and Thalia Maragh are representing 23 clients including survivors, bereaved family members and loved ones.

11 December 2018

Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal to hear new arguments in Barbudans’ legal action against “unlawful” development of international airport

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are instructed in this case. 

11 September 2018

Work on Barbuda international airport halted by interim injunction

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak of Garden Court Chambers are instructed on this case.

3 August 2018

Barbudans take legal action against Government of Antigua and Barbuda for unlawful development of an international airport

Legal action seeks injunction to immediately halt development; reveals government continued construction despite knowledge of major ecological, archaeological risks and damage to island

2 August 2018

Leslie Thomas QC delivers opening statement at Grenfell Inquiry on behalf of survivors and bereaved families

Leslie Thomas QC and Thalia Maragh are representing 23 clients including survivors, bereaved family members and loved ones.

7 June 2018

Barbudans call on Commonwealth leaders to address human rights injustices, failing democracy in wake of Hurricane Irma

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are representing Barbudans in this case.

17 April 2018

18 defendants acquitted of sexual offences following late disclosure of vital evidence by the prosecution

Michael Turner QC of Garden Court was first on the indictment and represented one of the defendants, Atiq Hussain.

9 February 2018

Barbudans file injunction to expose unlawful introduction of land act changes

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are acting for the group of Barbudans.

20 December 2017

Garden Court secures number one spot in Legal 500 2017 for second year running

Garden Court Chambers now has 120 barrister rankings across 15 areas of law.

16 October 2017

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Education

  • LLM (Human Rights and International Criminal Law) King's College (London), Merit (2007)
  • Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica (1999)
  • LLB (Hons) University of the West Indies (Cavehill) Barbados (1997)

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • INQUEST
  • Jamaica Bar Association
  • Advocates Association (Jamaica)

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