Profile Profile Annahita represents individuals in criminal, and immigration and asylum matters. She is keen to further develop her experience in cases concerning domestic and international human rights law, and international law. Background Annahita volunteered with BiD. She advised immigration detainees, prepared legal representations for bail hearings, drafted Pre-Action Protocols and delivered workshops in detention. Annahita was appointed as a Member of a Youth Offending Team where she worked with youths subject to Referral Orders. Annahita was publicly appointed as an Independent Monitor at Feltham Young Offenders' Institute for which she accessed the prison without supervision to assess its treatment of children. Annahita has researched and advised on issues of universal jurisdiction and legal remedies for international human rights violations. She has researched the issue of extrajudicial executions concerning Palestinian children. At the AIRE Centre, Annahita researched and prepared summaries for judicial training materials on human rights violations in the Western Balkans region; focusing on Articles 5 and 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 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 Annahita previously worked for the BBC (World Service), where she investigated allegations of medical neglect at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. She has also published the following articles: 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) Memberships Memberships Bail for Immigration Detainees INQUEST National Association for Youth Justice 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. 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 - G plea: 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. Following cross-examination of six Crown witnesses and closing speech - client acquitted. R v G  - Stratford Magistrates' Court - Trial: Racially aggravated harassment charge. Damning video evidence. Made disclosure arguments resulting in the Crown offering no evidence. R v N  - Uxbridge Magistrates' Court - Trial: Harassment charge. Damning evidence. Made disclosure arguments resulting in the Crown offering no evidence. Following cross-examination of Complainant, post-acquittal Restraining Order application refused. R v A  - Uxbridge Magistrates' Court - First Appearance: Sexual assault charge - aggravated by location. Following a lengthy hearing, secured bail without residence, electronic monitoring or curfew conditions. 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 Suspended Sentence Orders. 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.