Salma Yousef, Barrister
Salma was called to the Bar in 2008. She qualified with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) where she has worked for the past 12 years, now specialising in complex fraud cases.
In 2013, she was selected by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to join the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo (the EU’s biggest ever mission abroad). Within EULEX she was invited to join the Special Prosecution office which deals with the most serious offences including organised crime, financial crime and corruption and war crimes. Her portfolio covered a broad range of cases; she was co-counsel on a corruption trial involving a former minister, as well as a historic war crimes case dating back to the war in Kosovo in 1999; she successfully prosecuted the Serb soldier who was given an 8 year custodial sentence. She also advised the Head of Mission on human rights issues, drafting responses to the Human Rights Review Panel and UN Human Rights Advisory Panel where required. She returned to Kosovo in 2018/9 as a Consultant.
She subsequently worked in the International Division of the CPS where she managed the portfolios in the Caribbean, Latin America, East Africa, Middle East and South Asia. Her role involved designing capacity building projects and strategies in country. Salma assists the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an expert trainer delivering training hate crime to judges, prosecutors, and civil society in European countries.
She is currently on loan to the Ofsted legal team, primarily working on social care prosecutions. Outside of work she sits in a quasi judicial capacity on the valuation tribunal and also as chair of the schools exclusion panel for her local authority.