Aimee Stokes.

  • 3rd Six Pupil Barrister
  • Year of call 2018 

Aimee is currently on secondment to the CPS.

Aimee obtained her full practising certificate in October 2019.

Aimee has been regarded by professional clients as ‘very hard working, bright and articulate’ and as having a ‘distinct ability to build rapport with clients very quickly’. Further, when providing written advice, Aimee has been described as ‘thorough, concise, coherent and precise’.

Aimee prosecutes and defends in a wide range of violent and drug-related offences. Aimee is also instructed by the National Probation Service to prosecute breach proceedings. Aimee represents both adults and youths, from the first appearance, through to trial, and sentence if required. Aimee has experience in dealing with various applications for example bail, joinder and those within enforcement proceedings. Aimee has undertaken over 100 Magistrates’ Court trials and been instructed in multiple Crown Court trials to date. Thus far, Aimee has a 100% success rate when prosecuting trials in the Magistrates’ Court and defending trials in the Crown Court.

Aimee’s practice also encompasses regulatory work. Aimee is instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to represent the Council before the Fitness to Practise Committee in a range of serious and lengthy hearings. Aimee completed a 6-week secondment with the NMC earlier this year which required travelling to the Cardiff and Belfast Hearing Centres. Furthermore, Aimee recently completed a 7-month secondment at the Financial Conduct Authority working on a highly complex and sensitive investigation.  


Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB (First Class Honours) University of Liverpool
  • BPTC (Very Competent) BPP Law School, Outstanding in Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Certificate of Completion for Vulnerable Witness Training
  • Certified Mediator, Society of Mediators
  • CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor
  • Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme


Scholarships and Prizes

  • 2019/20: Criminal Bar Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • 2018/19: Criminal Bar Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • 2018: Middle Temple Pupillage Award
  • 2017: Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar
  • 2017: BPP Liaison Scholar
  • 2017: BPP Advocacy Scholar


Affiliations

  • Criminal Bar Association, secretary of the Young Bar Committee.
  • Criminal Bar Association, member of the Social Mobility Committee.
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association, former secretary and current pre-pupillage officer.
  • Bar Council, member of Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group 

Notable cases:

Notable cases
Crime

R v B

Successfully secured conditional bail for a client charged with attempted murder.

R v B

Represented a client at their sentencing hearing who had pleaded guilty to three counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and one count of Class B. The learned Judge placed the offending in Category 3, Significant Role with a starting point of 4 years and 6 months. Through mitigation, Aimee secured a sentence of 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years.

P v CPS

Successfully prosecuted an appeal against conviction for the offence of ABH, initially charged as GBH due to the severity of the injury and significant blood loss. The case proceeded victimless and evidence was admitted following a successful res gestae application. The conviction was upheld.

U v CPS

Successfully defended in an appeal against a conviction from the Magistrates’ Court relating to a single charge of assault by beating. The appeal was successful following a half time submission that there was no case to answer.

R v C

Secured an acquittal in the Magistrates’ Court for a client charged with a domestic ABH. The allegation was that the client repeatedly smacked the complainant across the face whilst pinning them down by the throat, photographs of injuries supported the description of the assault.

R v M

Prosecuted a committal for sentence in the Central Criminal Court for an offence of dangerous driving. The driving related to an extensive pursuit by Police and involved the defendant almost hitting a child crossing the road. The defendant was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months with demanding requirements.

R v C

Prosecuted a committal for sentence in the Central Criminal Court, for an offence of ABH. The offence was aggravated significantly due to the victim being only 18 months old. The defendant was sentenced to 6 months immediate imprisonment.

R v W

Prosecuted a sentence for the offences of robbery, theft and racially aggravated assault. The offence was aggravated by the fact the victim had been dragged along the floor during the robbery whilst 26 weeks pregnant. The defendant was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

R v B

Successfully opposed the activation of the custodial term of a suspended sentence order after the client was convicted of another, more serious, offence.

R v M

Secured an acquittal in her first Crown Court trial through preparing a defence bundle which resulted in the Crown offering no evidence on the day of trial.

R v O

Successfully defended in a Magistrates’ Court trial of theft by successfully arguing the element of dishonesty had not been proven due to the client believing the property to be abandoned.


Professional Discipline

NMC v C

Aimee presented a complicated two-week misconduct case. The matter involved several legal applications regarding hearsay evidence, adjournments and recusal. All charges were found proved and the registrant was struck off the register.

NMC v B

Presented a case of grave financial dishonesty relating to the wrongful obtaining of funds from a children’s hospice for a project which was proven not to exist. Aimee secured a 12-month suspension from practice order.

NMC v S

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/incompetent-nurse-not-turn-up-3486987