Beheshteh joined both the 36 Crime and 36 Extradition teams as of March 2021, having completed a six-month secondment at the CPS Extradition Unit and prior to that, having practised in crime at the Independent Bar.
Beheshteh is continuing to develop her criminal practice, prosecuting and defending in a range of criminal matters before the magistrates’ court, youth court and Crown Court. A recent prosecution included an adult charged with public order offences where the case had a long procedural history; the defendant was ultimately convicted after trial. Beheshteh has successfully defended youth clients for an array of offences, including joint enterprise robberies. Beheshteh also undertakes appeals to the Crown Court and recently obtained a 10-month reduction in sentence for a youth client. Beheshteh has frequently dealt with cases with a modern slavery element.
Beheshteh continues to build upon the experience she gained while on secondment at the CPS Extradition Unit. Whilst at the Unit, Beheshteh litigated Part 1 cases at first instance and in the High Court (judgments pending). She has experience conducting both preliminary and full extradition hearings. She is alive to the key challenges to extradition including the complexities which have arisen in the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Beheshteh volunteered with justice charities including the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN) and the Howard League for Penal Reform. Beheshteh was also a Director of Vocalise and taught prisoners at HMP Wormwood Scrubs and HMP Holloway.
Beheshteh maintains a twitter account dedicated to legal news and is committed to increasing opportunity and diversity at the Bar. She co-edits www.pupillageandhowtogetit.com
Appointments & Memberships
- The Inner Temple
- The Howard League
- The Criminal Bar Association
- Women in Criminal Law
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- R. (on the application of FNM) v DPP  A.C.D. 74 (Concerning the Crown Prosecution Service's Victims' Right to Review Scheme)
- Sandhu v Chief Constable of West Midlands  A.C.D. 25 (Concerning section 298(2)(b) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002)
- J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2017; 6(2): 415-6 and Travaš v Croatia, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 2017; 6 (1): 194-5.
- BA Theology (hons), Upper Second (King's College London)
- Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation (The University of Law)
- Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent (The University of Law)
- LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice, Merit (The School of Oriental and African Studies)
Awards & Scholarships
- Exhibition Award - Inner Temple
- Performance Award - The University of Law