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Margherita is a junior barrister specialising in climate & human rights law and in employment & discrimination. She returned to practice in September 2020 following a year spent working as the last Judicial Assistant to Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore at the UK Supreme Court. Margherita continues to treasure her time with Lord Kerr, a period of significant personal and professional growth, which saw her working on cases of high political sensitivity and legal and constitutional complexity, including the Miller No. 2 Prorogation case, Elgizouli and the Heathrow third runway appeal.

Margherita specialises in climate and human rights law, and is building a practice focusing on climate litigation. She is instructed by the Global Legal Action Network on the case of Agostinho and others v Portugal and 32 other Contracting States, currently before Strasbourg.

She has also been appointed to act as the First Legal Coordinator for the UNFCCC Climate Champions Team, in conjunction with FILE Foundation, detailed below. In her role, Margherita leads on setting up Race to Zero’s first Independent Compliance Mechanism, and she is responsible for fostering links between the Climate Champions and the legal community in the lead up to COP26 and COP27.

Margherita acts regularly in the Employment Tribunals, representing Claimants and Respondents alike. She has extensive experience representing parties in case management and substantive preliminary hearings and in full merits hearings, as detailed below.

Margherita advises and offers client trainings on matters including redundancy, unfair dismissal, TUPE, discrimination, claims under the Working Time Regulations and detriment claims under Part IVA of the Employment Rights Act 1996. Margherita also has experience conducting internal investigations, and has been led on two investigations to date: an internal misconduct / whistleblowing investigation and a complex investigation into claims of bullying within a Trade Union.


Year of Call: 2017


LLM, European University Institute

BPTC, City, University of London – Very Competent

BA Law, King’s College, Cambridge University – 1st class

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Margherita Cornaglia – Doughty Street ChambersMargherita is a tenacious, robust and skilled advocate. She provides helpful and down-to-earth, workable advice and is an asset to any case.’