Annahita Moradi-Balf

Call: 2016

Specialist in



Human Rights and International Law

Annahita is developing a strong international practice, with a focus on international human rights law. Her casework covers a range of international crime and human rights issues including arbitrary detention, detention conditions, due process interferences, torture, unlawful killings; and individual and indigenous group rights to property, development, and natural resources. Annahita’s developing casework includes a range of international mechanisms including sanctions, and legal complaints and communications to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the UN Committee Against Torture, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Domestically, Annahita represents individuals in immigration detention matters. As a former criminal defence barrister with strong experience representing individuals in Youth, Magistrates’, and Crown Courts; she is frequently sought for cases involving issues of previous criminality, and human trafficking and modern slavery in the context of criminal exploitation.

Separate Work

Annahita is an Associate Lecturer of Law at Goldsmiths (University of London) where her teaching focuses on Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Selected Client 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 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, Legal Director 

‘[S]he has been extremely competent and tenacious in court, winning great outcomes for my clients.’ – Tom Nunn, Solicitor 

‘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 

‘[Client] 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.’ – Kesar & Co Solicitors

‘Annahita … conducted herself with the utmost professionalism and confidence. Her manner and in particular her empathy were a great comfort… ‘ – Lay client

‘[Client] asked me to thank you again for your fantastic work, as you, in her words, were amazing.’ – 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.’ – Bail for Immigration Detainees

‘We have just spoken to client and they were very impressed with the way you fought his case.’ – MTG Solicitors


BPTC, University of Law (2015 – 2016)
MA Legal and Political Theory, University College London (2014 – 2015)
LLB, School of Oriental and African Studies (2011 – 2014)

Professional Memberships

Extradition Lawyers Association (Member)
International Bar Association (Member)
Arab Regional Forum, IBA (Member)
Human Rights Law Committee, IBA (Member)


Persian (Farsi)


Princes of Wales Scholarship, BPTC, £16000
Performance Award, BPTC, £1000