Rossano Scamardella QC > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile



With a reputation for sound judgment, thorough preparation and fearless advocacy, Rossano is instructed to defend and prosecute in the most serious criminal cases. Whether it be as a leading junior, led junior or junior alone, Rossano has built a reputation for handling difficult cases particularly those involving serious violence, sexual offences and offences of drug importation, production and supply. Rossano has a reputation for outstanding trial strategy and tactics and his handling of difficult, vulnerable and hostile witnesses has led to instructions in complex and high-profile cases. A solid, dependable performer across the entire spectrum of criminal cases, whose incisive cross-examination and powerful closing speeches make Rossano a very popular choice for defence solicitors and prosecuting agencies. In addition to the emphasis on general crime, Rossano has recently been instructed to advise on trading standards and health and safety prosecutions.


Called 1998, Grays Inn.


South Eastern Circuit, Western Circuit, Sussex Bar Mess, CBA, Grays Inn.


BA Hons, Politics and Government. CPE.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Rossano Scamardella QC – 23 Essex Street ‘His cross-examination and closing speeches are always of a high standard and impressive.

A good set with quality counsel‘, 23 Essex Street prosecutes and defends across a wide spectrum of criminal work; recent instructions include drugs conspiracies, people trafficking, and murders. Mark Fenhalls QC successfully prosecuted Shofael Israel who was convicted of the murder of Joy Morgan, following Morgan’s disappearance in 2018. On the defence side, Lisa Wilding QC acted for RAF pilot Tim Barry, who was acquitted of the alleged attempted murder of his girlfriend, instead receiving an 18-month community order for assault. Rossano Scamardella QC and Tom Godfrey represented Henry Long in a multi-defendant trial concerning the death of PC Andrew Harper in August 2019; Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was acquitted of murder in July 2020. Ahmed Hossain QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.