Rose Slowe

Rose Slowe

Prosecutes and defends serious crime.



City University Law School, 2015 – 2016
Bar Practitioner Training Course, graduated July 2016 with an award of Very Competent.

University of Bristol, 2010 – 2014
Postgraduate: LLM Law Masters in Human Rights with Merit, graduated February 2015.
Undergraduate: LLB Law Degree with First Class Honours, graduated July 2013.


CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3 General Crime
CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3 Counter Terrorism

Overview of Practice

Rose has a varied and successful Crown Court practice, with considerable experience appearing for both the Prosecution and Defence in multi-handed and complex Jury trials involving large scale drug trafficking offences, firearms and armed robbery, sexual offences, serious violence and arson with intent to endanger life. She appeared as a Prosecution junior in a lengthy and high-profile terrorism trial before the Central Criminal Court, and more recently in a complex murder-for-gain trial, both resulting in convictions and sentences of life imprisonment. Rose is currently instructed as Defence junior in a CCRC miscarriage of justice murder appeal before the Court of Appeal.

Rose is an experienced Youth Court advocate, having appeared in matters involving some of the most serious offences not to be sent to the Crown Court. She has specialist training in handling vulnerable witnesses and has demonstrated an aptitude for dealing with extremely vulnerable clients and witnesses who find themselves before the Courts.

Outside of her criminal practice, Rose is also developing an international and public law practice. She has experience in Judicial Review proceedings, been invited to be a panel speaker at the Public Law Project’s annual conference and participated in the Law Commission consultation on the new Sentencing Code. In 2020, Rose was awarded the prestigious Pegasus Trust Outgoing Scholarship to work for the Supreme Court in Uganda.

Rose has also acted pro bono in a successful Article 8 ECHR appeal, heard in the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, and has appeared in matters before the Employment Tribunal for the Free Representation Unit and privately instructed.

Rose also practices in an academic capacity. Prior to her career at the Bar, having obtained a First Class law degree and Masters in Human Rights Law from the University of Bristol, she was an appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of the university’s Law School. Rose is widely published in relation to matters of law pertaining to the UK’s relationship with both the Council of Europe and the European Union, with particular focus on reviewing the legality of the Brexit process in relation to which she was interviewed regularly on national radio. As a result of one particular publication – S. Greer and R. Slowe, ‘The Conservatives’ Proposals for a British Bill of Rights: Mired in Muddle Misconception and Misrepresentation?’ (2015) European Human Rights Law Review, p.370-81 – Rose was invited, by Human Rights Watch, to be a panel member in a Parliamentary debate on whether the Human Rights Act was fit for purpose.

Most significantly, prior to commencing Pupillage, Rose co-authored a book on European Human Rights Law with Professors Greer and Gerards, which was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2018: S. Greer, J. Gerards and R. Slowe, ‘Human Rights in the Council of Europe and European Union: Achievements Trends and Challenges’, Cambridge Studies in Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This “excellent and important” monograph has been praised as a “a major, timely and welcome contribution to the literature on European human rights law” and “one of the first comprehensive book-length studies of Europe’s two principal human rights systems, a valuable resource for those interested in the broader picture of human rights in Europe”. In April 2018, Rose and her co-authors were invited to lecture about the thesis of their book at various Ivy League universities in the United States.