Rossano Scamardella KC

Rossano Scamardella KC

Year of call 1998 / 2018

“An absolutely extraordinary and talented advocate with a calm and reassuring manner. He is brilliant with the clients.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

Rossano Scamardella KC has gained a reputation for meticulous preparation, impeccable judgment and fearless advocacy, whether defending or prosecuting.

Rossano is now recognised as one of the foremost barristers in the field of heavyweight criminal litigation including offences of homicide, serious sexual offending, large-scale financial crime and cross-jurisdictional drugs and firearms importations.

Since taking Silk, Rossano’s practice continues to thrive. He has been instructed in a number of high-profile and complex cases involving offences of the utmost gravity.


Represented the man charged with the terrorist murders of three men and the multiple attempted murders of others in a park in Reading.

Represented the driver of the car involved the killing of PC Andrew Harper. Defendant acquitted of murder.

Represented the first defendant in a two-handed drugs turf murder. Case ongoing.

Nine-handed knife-killing.

Three-handed murder involving multiple weapons.

Defendant charged with multiple counts of rape and other serious sexual offences against women and children.

Two-handed murder involving the infliction of over forty stab wounds.

PM was charged, along with his wife, with the systematic rape of, and cruelty to, his own children.

A conspiracy to house, store and transfer lethal firearms for use when required by a notorious North London gang.

A cross-jurisdictional conspiracy to import heroin, cocaine and firearms through Europe into the UK.

Double attempted murder of two schoolgirls.

The defendant groomed and raped three small children from the same family having moved into their home.

Murder, Attempted Murder and Perverting the course of Justice, arising out of a dispute between two families.

DJ one of eight charged with targeting and rape of vulnerable school girls.

Conspiracy to possess and transfer firearms with intent to endanger life. A planned, sophisticated conspiracy to move firearms across London.

Murder of a pensioner on Christmas Eve outside his home.

Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent, committed on a twelve-week old baby.

Sixteen year old girl charged as part of a gang, with rape of a twelve-year old girl.

Grave sexual offending against five women from the same family, including extremely vulnerable mother and daughter.

Since being called to the Bar, Rossano has been prosecuted and defended in heavyweight financial and business crime, bribery, corruption and large-scale frauds of all descriptions.

This has included pre-charge advice and matters of substantial litigation.

Represented a pilot charged with cross-jurisdictional Money Laundering and gold smuggling offences. Defendant acquitted.

Multi-handed, VAT, tax and benefit fraud.

Multi-handed, multi-million pound boiler room fraud.

Conspiracy to Corrupt, Money Laundering and Fraudulent Trading. High-profile prosecution of those connected to the Impaired Asset Division of HBoS, with losses said to total over £250 million.

“Rossano has outstanding communication skills with clients of all backgrounds. He is meticulous in respect of the work that they do, in particular, building cases around unused material. The closing speeches that Rossano delivers are second to none. His delivery is calm and submissions are completely heard and understood by whichever jury has the pleasure to hear him. His style of cross-examination is an education.”

“His cross-examination and closing speeches are always of a high standard and impressive.”

“Juries love his charismatic and powerful advocacy.”

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