Profile Profile Practice Annahita specialises in criminal defence. She appears in Youth, Magistrates' and Crown Courts in a wide range of matters. She has had numerous successes stopping prosecutions by making disclosure arguments. Annahita is developing her immigration practice. She has experience representing individuals in Immigration Tribunals. Annahita has particular experience representing vulnerable individuals including those with acute mental health needs and survivors of human trafficking and torture. She advises on judicial reviews and recently ran a successful claim. Annahita is interested in developing international human rights law and international criminal law practices. She recently assisted the legal team at the International Criminal Court in researching governments' interests and rights before the Court, and assisted a legal team in researching the principle of universal jurisdiction and trials in absentia. Separate work Annahita leads Harrow Law Centre's Victims of Crime Project. Her key responsibilities include improving access to justice for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, hate crime and discrimination; and holding government bodies including the police to account. Annahita is an Editor at the Red Pepper where she commissions and edits justice related articles (print and online). She also investigates and reports on violations of human rights in the UK and abroad. She trained as a journalist at the BBC's World Service (Future Voices, 2019). Annahita is a second six pupil and so is not a tenant/member of 33 Bedford Row. Qualifications Qualifications Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law, 2015 - 2016 MA Legal and Political Theory, UCL, 2014 - 2015 LLB, SOAS, 2011 - 2014 Awards & Prizes Awards & Prizes Prince of Wales Scholarship (merits based), Gray's Inn, £16000 Performance Award (merits based), University of Law, £1000 Seminars Seminars Speaker: 'Social Mobility at the Criminal Bar', Criminal Bar Association, Webinar (2020) Speaker: 'Nice Judge on a Good Day', Bail for Immigration Detainees, Linklaters LLP (2018) Trainer: 'Defending Clients Who May Be Trafficking/Modern Slavery Victims', Sonn Macmillan Walker (2018) Speaker: 'Britain's Dirty Little Secret - Immigration Detention', Bail for Immigration Detainees, SOAS (2017) Trainer: 'How to Make an Immigration Bail Application', Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (2017) Publications Publications ARTICLES Incoming: The Prosecution of Trafficked Children, Red Pepper (On-going work - to be printed in autum issue - 2020) Separated Children in Young Offender Institutions, Red Pepper (Print summer issue - 2020) The Politics of Covid-19: Urgent Calls to End Immigration Detention, Red Pepper (2020) Why I Volunteer with BiD as an Advocate, Bail for Immigration Detainees (2019) My Oxygen: Why I Stand with People in Detention, Bail for Immigration Detainees (2019) The Treatment of Shamima Begum Should Worry Us All, Red Pepper (2019) The Stansted 15 Trial: the Hostile Environment and Human Rights Defenders, Red Pepper (2019) The Iranian Struggle for Freedom: our Bodies are a Battleground, Red Pepper (2018) How the Criminal Justice System Targets BAME Children, Red Pepper (2018) Child Custody: an Inappropriate Measure, National Association for Youth Justice (2018) County Lines: The State's Duties Towards Potential Trafficking and Slavery Victims, National Association for Youth Justice (2018) Initial Impressions of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Bail for Immigration Detainees (2017) How the Government is Breaking its Own Rules: Immigration Detention, Red Pepper (2017) Guidance on Punitive Restrictions on Youth Offenders, Youth Justice Legal Centre (2017) Seminar Summary: Female Genital Mutilation - Civil Protection Orders, Bar Human Rights Committee (2016) EDITORRecent on-going collaborations/investigations: Syrian prison conditions Use of arbitrary arrests, detention and lethal force against Palestinians School exclusions to prisons pipeline Healthcare provision in privately run prisons Increased use of surveillance technology Covid-19: Government's arguably inadequate protection of domestic violence victims, asylum seekers, migrants and people who are homeless Covid-19: Challenging the use of immigration detention by making claims for judicial review Languages Languages Farsi (fluent speaker) Testimonials Testimonials Selected Testimonials: 'I have been an immigration and public law caseworker and solicitor instructing counsel for 9 years. I have worked with all the major chambers in the field ... with barristers of all level of experience as well as a number of QCs. It is no exaggeration to say Annahita ranks as one of the very best barristers I have worked with. ... Annahita is one of my go to barristers. She possesses the rare mixture of being incredibly friendly and supportive to her clients, while being a tenacious and fearless advocate in the court room. Her knowledge of the law is exemplary and she is always thoroughly prepared. An exceptional barrister. ... She has won each of the cases I have given her and two of them in particular were very tricky. She provides very comprehensive and thoughtful attendance notes.' - Adam Spray, Solicitor 'Annahita is a barrister of the highest calibre who will fight for her clients. She expresses empathy and good legal understanding of the issues before her, ensuring a thorough approach to her work and the legal issues that she is dealing with. I highly recommend Annahita as a human rights barrister who will always do her utmost to defend her clients’ best interests and to succeed with their cases.' - Pierre Makhlouf, Assistant Director 'Thank you for your most able defence of the application [and] your outstanding advocacy.’ - Director observing hearing 'Annahita provided a high quality client-centric management of my father's legal case. She demonstrated a degree of empathy towards my father that was even beyond that of my many medical colleagues. She communicated with my father in an easily understandable manner, from which he was able to make informed decisions. Additionally, in the short space of time she spent with my father she developed a rapport that allowed for a trusting client-barrister relationship (this is impressive as generally my father is not a trusting person). Finally, she managed my father's case with a degree of tenacity and passion that was wonderful to observe.' - Lay client's relative 'I have just had a call from [client]. He stated that they were very pleased with your representation. He said that you were professional throughout, did not raise their expectations, were excellent and that they could not fault you at all.' - Lay client via Kesar & Co Solicitors 'Great job and well done for persuading the judge after his initial view. ... Well done for getting an excellent result.' - Jason Smith, Legal Executive '[S]he has been extremely competent and tenacious in court, winning great outcomes for my clients.' - Tom Nunn, Solicitor 'Thank you very much for ... covering matter at short notice and excellent outcome. Clearly you worked exceptionally hard' - Teagy Singh Grover, Head of Crime 'Fabulous result! The client must have been very happy and relieved. Thank you for achieving such an excellent outcome.' - Thomas Cheam, Solicitor 'We have just spoken to client and they were very impressed with the way you fought his case.' - Lay client via MTG Solicitors 'I got a call from [client]. She asked me to thank you again for your fantastic work, as you, in here words, were amazing.' - Lay client via Bail for Immigration Detainees 'Really tricky cases so this is a fantastic result. We have spoken to [clients] who asked me to pass on their thanks, they said you were great.' - Lay client via Bail for Immigration Detainees Notable Cases Notable Cases CRIMINAL DEFENCEResults include: R v W  - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Sentence - G plea:Dangerous driving during police chase whilst on a Community Order (CO) and disqualified from driving, caused two accidents damaging two cars containing passengers, sped through red lights on a major road. Recent relevant convictions. Secured Suspended Sentence Order (SSO) with sole requirement. R v N  - Wood Green Crown Court - Sentence following deferral:Client due for sentence after deferment following pleas to harassment and breaching Restraining Order (RO). Crown alleged client harassed complainant during deferment period and served their supporting evidence. Successfully argued the allegation was not substantiated and against complainant in attendance giving evidence. SSO imposed despite Category 1A breach of RO, with the same previous convictions. Successfully objected to an adverse amendment of the extant RO. R v G  - Isleworth Crown Court - Sentence - G plea:Six-month breach of SSO shortly after imposition. Sentencing judge, who imposed the SSO, indicated the SSO would be activated. Successfully argued activation would be unjust. R v S  - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Sentence - G plea:Breach of SSO two months into imposition. Successfully argued activation would be unjust. R v N  - Stratford Magistrates Court - Trial:Theft charge. Damning CCTV evidence. Six Crown witnesses gave evidence. Acquitted. R v G  - Stratford Magistrates' Court - Trial:Racially aggravated harassment charge. Damning video and audio evidence. Following contested disclosure arguments, the Crown offered no evidence. R v N  - Uxbridge Magistrates' Court - Trial:Harassment charge. Damning evidence. Following contested disclosure arguments, the Crown offered no evidence. Following cross-examination of Complainant, post-acquittal RO application refused. R v A  - Stratford Magistrates' Court - Trial:Taking vehicle without consent charge. Damning video evidence. Following contested disclosure arguments, the Crown offered no evidence. R v K  - Bromley MC - Trial:Driving without insurance charge where offence was made out. Made public interest representations, resulting in an offer of no evidence. R v C - Chelmsford MC - Sentence - G plea:Fractured security guard's nose in group attack. Secured CO with a sole requirement. R v H & M  - Ealing Magistrates' Court - Sentence - G plea:Highly aggravated animal cruelty over five months, veterinary reports concluded animal's suffering was slow and excruciating - resulted in euthanasia. Secured SSO with sole condition for both clients. R v C  - Barkingside Magistrates' Court - Sentence - G plea:Third driving whilst disqualified in short period. Secured a SSO. R v W  - Southend Magistrates' Court - Sentence - G plea:Harassment charge - highly aggravated: prolonged period, committed on police bail, child involved, Complainant in refuge as a result. Probation concluded a CO would be unworkable due to non-compliance. Long history of breaching CO and SSO. Secured low-level CO. IMMIGRATIONResults include: SG v Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) :Drafted Judicial Review Grounds challenging the Home Office's long delay in determining an application. Following service, the Home Office determined the application in the client's favour granting Leave to Remain. J v SSHD  - Hatton Cross IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono:Appeal rights exhausted. Re-entered the UK in breach of a Deportation Order and subsequently convicted of a further offence in the UK. History of absconding. Bailed. N v SSHD  - Hatton Cross IAC - Bail application:Several sexual assault convictions. Numerous convictions for breaching court orders and licence. Bailed. H v SSHD  - Hatton Cross IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono:Appeal rights exhausted. Convicted of sexual assault. History of absconding and breaching court orders. Signed Deportation Order. Bailed. O v SSHD  - Hatton Cross IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono:Appeal rights exhausted. Signed Deportation Order. History of absconding and offending. Bailed. D v SSHD  - Taylor House IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono:Appeal rights exhausted. Signed Deportation Order. Bailed. Q v SSHD  - Birmingham IAC - Bail application:Trafficking survivor with a criminal history. Bailed. G v SSHD  - Taylor House IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono:Appeal rights exhausted. Trafficking survivor. Signed Deportation Order. History of absconding and offending. Bailed. L v SSHD  - Birmingham IAC - Bail application:Appeal rights exhausted. Bailed.