Ylenia Rosso

  • Year of Call 2014



Ylenia joined Chambers in May 2019. She regularly appears in the Crown Court, Magistrates' Court and Youth Court all over the UK, both to defend and to prosecute. She is personable and empathetic but robust in court. Solicitors have commended her for her high standard of client care (both lay and professional), legal acumen, persuasive skills and for gaining the trust of vulnerable clients. She is often instructed to represent clients with mental health concerns. She has experience in cases involving serious crime, extradition, appeals, fraud, youths, driving offences and prison law.

In addition, Ylenia has been appointed to the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Panel of Counsel and is also a member of the CPS Advocate Panel Scheme (level 1).

Ylenia obtained an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Accordingly, she advises on points of law relating to Human Rights. Having worked and studied in civil, common law and international jurisdictions, she has a keen interest in cases with an international element.

Prior to joining the Bar, Ylenia worked for criminal defence solicitors in their appeals and prison law departments, representing prisoners at independent adjudications and advising on points of appeal against conviction and sentence in cases of murder, serious drug and sexual offences, often incorporating Human Rights issues, in particular fair trial rights. 

Ylenia spent time working in The Hague at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal of Former Yugoslavia on the case of Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić, who was convicted of genocide. She also worked for the University of Essex Human Rights Clinic as a legal researcher investigating international corporate accountability for human rights abuses.

Ylenia also spent time teaching prisoners at HMP Pentonville. This experience developed an interest in prison law matters and gave her a special understanding of the needs of those in custody; and knowledge of prison procedures, rules and bodies.

Ylenia speaks fluent Maltese and Italian and has often represented foreign nationals.

Please refer to the tabs above for further information on qualifications, cases of note and memberships



BPTC (College of Law)

GDL (BPP Law School)

LLM 'International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law" (University of Essex)

LLB  (Hons.) 'Laws with International Relations' (University of Malta)

B. European Studies with Anthropology (Hons.) (University of Malta with exchange at University of Bologna)



Criminal Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn

Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum