Thalia Maragh

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

"I think she is exceptional for the ease with which she relates to and communicates with lay clients. She's got a natural ability to help them understand the most intricate and complex in a simple but accurate way."

Chambers UK, 2023

"Very committed and hard-working; she's a real champion for her clients."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Inquests and Inquiries)

"Thorough, tenacious and empathetic, and always willing to challenge legal boundaries on behalf of clients."

Legal 500, 2022 (Inquests and Inquiries)

"Extremely thorough, hardworking and dedicated to her clients. She is passionate in her advocacy and astute in conference with others."

Legal 500, 2021 (Inquests and Inquiries)

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Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2023
Legal 500 2023: Leading Junior

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.

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

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.

R v Junior Kettle, Central Criminal Court
D was charged with kidnap x 2; false imprisonment x 2 and murder in a six-handed cut-throat trial which ran from 18th September to 30th November. The allegation was that he was part of an organised crime group which abducted and detained a well-known Turkish DJ and his girlfriend and thereafter tortured him to death. D was acquitted on all counts.

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.

Thalia is currently acting for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. See press coverage: iNews, BBC News

Notable Cases

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.

UK Covid-19 Inquiry Thalia is currently acting on behalf of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. See press coverage: iNewsBBC News

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 KC.

Notable Cases

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent 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) [2017] Thalia was instructed for the defence in an appeal against a murder conviction in the TCI.

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Notable Cases & News

Garden Court barristers contribute to 'Achieving Racial Justice at Inquests' Guide

Achieving Racial Justice at Inquests is a joint guide developed by human rights charities JUSTICE and INQUEST together and in consultation with advisory group members, including our Allison Munroe KC, Leslie Thomas KC, and Thalia Maragh.

21 February 2024

Icah Peart KC leading Thalia Maragh secures acquittal in Old Bailey murder trial

Icah Peart KC and Thalia Maragh, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence team, instructed by Vendrys Henry of VH Lawyers Limited.

4 December 2023

Barbuda runway challenge to be heard by the Privy Council

Marc Willers KC, Leslie Thomas KC, Stephen Cottle and Thalia Maragh, of Garden Court Chambers’ Environmental Law and Climate Justice Team, represent John Mussington and Jacklyn Frank pro bono.

2 November 2023

UK Covid-19 Inquiry Module 2 Continues - Opening statement on behalf of Core Participants

Several Garden Court Barristers are representing core participants at the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

4 October 2023

UK Covid-19 Inquiry Module 2 - Opening statement on behalf of Core Participants

Several Garden Court Barristers are representing core participants at the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

3 October 2023

UK Covid-19 Inquiry first substantive hearing underway - Garden Court counsel instructed

Numerous Garden Court Chambers counsel, of the Garden Court Inquests & Inquiries Team, are instructed in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

13 June 2023

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

“Racism & discrimination played a very real part in the response to this tragedy" - Grenfell Inquiry closing statement

Alison Munroe QC and Thalia Maragh of Garden Court Chambers.

27 June 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

JUSTICE launches timely report on urgent reform for major inquests and inquiries

The organisation Justice launched their latest much anticipated Working Party publication:‘When things go wrong: the response of the justice system’. The Working Party included a number of retired High Court Judges and leading practitioners in the field a

25 August 2020

Grenfell Tower Inquiry - Written submission on behalf of bereaved, residents and survivors

Written submission on behalf of bereaved, residents and survivors represented by Leslie Thomas QC, Allison Munroe QC & Thalia Maragh of Garden Court Chambers and Birnberg Peirce, Saunders Law, Duncan Lewis, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Russell Cooke an

7 July 2020

Garden Court barristers appointed to advise JUSTICE on reform of institutional responses to deaths or other serious incidents

Leslie Thomas QC, Thalia Maragh and Una Morris of the Garden Court Inquests and Public Inquiries Team have been appointed to the JUSTICE Working Party, 'When Things Go Wrong'.

7 August 2019

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

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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 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)

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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