During pupillage, Margherita was supervised by Adam Straw, Steven Powles QC and Paras Gorasia. She appeared in the County Court, Immigration & Asylum and Employment Tribunals, High Court and Supreme Court as second junior in R v Reeves-Taylor.
She developed a primary interest in Equality and Discrimination Law, both in the Employment and Public Law contexts. She worked alongside her supervisors on a number of cases raising issues of equality, including Sarah Ewart’s challenge to Northern Ireland’s criminalisation of abortion and the BackTo60 judicial review.
Margherita accepts instructions in all areas of Employment and Public Law. She has experience representing claimants and respondents in both preliminary and final hearings and has worked alongside her supervisor in an internal misconduct/whistleblowing investigation. She represented claimants in the High Court, applying for permission to judicially review plans to relocate a library for their failure to comply with the public sector equality duty. She has acted as sole counsel in a 3-day constructive unfair dismissal/wrongful dismissal claim on behalf of a Claimant who worked in the fashion industry and has been instructed by one of the largest retailers in the country in a preliminary hearing.
Alongside her domestic law practice, Margherita is developing a strong international law practice. Having interned at the International Criminal Court prior to pupillage, she further developed such interest by working on the R v Reeves-Taylor proceedings, with the team representing Pakistani drone victims before the ICC and by assisting Amal Clooney’s recent academic work concerning the right to a fair trial under international law.
Margherita is currently working as a judicial assistant to Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore at the Supreme Court, where she works daily on cases of high political sensitivity, and legal and constitutional complexity. She will return to practice in September 2020.