Maeve Thornton (Third Six Pupil)

Third Six Pupil

Year of Call: 2021

Maeve joined 5SAH in March 2022 as a third six pupil. She is currently being supervised by Ben Keith. She prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal law cases in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Court. She has a growing practice in extradition law.

Professional Panel Appointments

  • CPS Advocate Panel Member Grade 1

Additional Information

Maeve had a successful career before coming to the Bar as a solicitor both prosecuting and defending.

Maeve has a particular interest in Human Rights, Extradition and International Criminal Law.

Maeve was a solicitor on the case of Brown & others v Government of Rwanda [2017] EWHC 1912 (Admin). One of the few examples in English law of a successful challenge to extradition on the grounds of Article 6 (right to a fair trial). The legal team in this case successfully resisted the extradition of the five accused defendants to Rwanda to face war crimes.

She also undertook a placement at the Special Tribunal to Lebanon in the Hague whereby she assisted counsel in the proceedings before the tribunal.

Prior to joining the Bar Maeve worked for the Crown Prosecution Service as a Crown Prosecutor within the Advocacy Department and Reviewing Lawyer Charging Department. 


  • Bachelor of Civil Law Degree (hons): National University of Ireland Galway.
  • Legal Practice Course: College of Law Bloomsbury.

Professional Memberships

  • Extradition Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Middle Temple