Profile Profile Practice Annahita represents individuals in youth, magistrates' and crown courts; and immigration tribunals. She has experience in representing youths and vulnerable adults, including those with acute mental health needs and trafficking/modern slavery survivors. She is keen to further develop her experience in cases concerning domestic and international human rights law, and international law. Background Before joining the Bar, Annahita volunteered with Bail for Immigration Detainees and Ealing Law Centre. Annahita was publicly appointed as an Independent Monitor at Feltham YOI and as a Member of a Youth Offending Panel. Annahita is also an Editor at Red Pepper where she writes, commissions and edits articles on justice issues. She is interested in investigating and reporting on human rights violations, particularly in the context of the UK's hostile environment and criminal justice system. She trained as a journalist at the BBC's World Service via its Future Voices scheme (2019). Annahita is a second six month pupil at 33 Bedford Row and so is not a tenant/member of 33 Bedford Row. Qualifications Qualifications Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law, 2015 - 2016 (Very Competent) MA Legal and Political Theory, UCL, 2014 - 2015 (Merit) LLB, SOAS, 2011 - 2014 (2:1) 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: '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 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) Languages Languages Farsi (fluent speaker) Testimonials Testimonials 'I had the pleasure of supervising Annahita at Bail for Immigration Detainees. She was an exceptional, passionate and conscientious caseworker. I have since instructed her in bail matters where she has been extremely competent and tenacious in court, winning great outcomes for my clients.' - Tom Nunn, Immigration Solicitor, ATLEU '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. What struck me initially was how friendly, polite and approachable she was on the phone and my clients have reported the same. Whenever I speak to her it is clear she has thoroughly read and understood all the papers and issues. 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, Bail for Immigration Detainees. '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 many of my 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. '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 her 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 clients via Bail for Immigration Detainees. Notable Cases Notable Cases CRIMINAL DEFENCE Results include: R v S  - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Sentence - G plea: Breach of Suspended Sentence Order (SSO) two months into imposition. Successfully argued activation would be unjust. R v G  - Isleworth Crown Court - Sentence - G plea: Six-month breach of SSO shortly after imposition. Judge, who imposed the SSO, stated the SSO would be activated. Successfully argued activation would be unjust. R v N  - Wood Green Crown Court - Sentence - Breach hearing: Crown alleged client breached her SSO by harassing the initial complainant. Successfully argued the harassment was not substantiated - SSO continued. Successfully objected to an adverse amendment of the extant Restraining Order. R v W  - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Sentence - G plea: Dangerous driving during police chase, whilst on a Community Order and disqualified from driving, caused two accidents damaging two cars containing passengers, sped through red lights on a major road. Recent convictions for the same offences. Secured SSO with sole requirement. 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 Restraining Order 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 Community Order 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 Community Order would be unworkable due to non-compliance. Long history of breaching Community Orders and SSO. Secured low-level Community Order. IMMIGRATION Results 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. Q v SSHD  - Birmingham IAC - Bail application: Trafficking survivor with a criminal history. Bailed. L v SSHD  - Birmingham IAC - Bail application: Appeal rights exhausted. Bailed. N v SSHD  - Hatton Cross IAC - Bail application: Several sexual assault convictions. Numerous convictions for breaching court orders and licence. Bailed. 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. 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. G v SSHD  - Taylor House IAC - Bail application - Pro Bono: Appeal rights exhausted. Trafficking survivor. 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.