Gemma Stokes is a highly-experienced trial advocate. She qualified as a solicitor in 2005, achieved higher rights of audience in 2007 and transferred to the Bar in 2013. She has a wide range of experience and offers an enthusiastic approach to all that she does. She previously practiced in criminal work, undertaking the prosecution and defence of serious sexual offending, drug and alcohol related offending, serious offences of violence and child neglect.
She has extensive experience representing young and vulnerable clients and witnesses with learning difficulties, mental health conditions and addictions. Gemma has assisted in obtaining assistance from volunteer organisations for witness support in the County Court and has liaised with the Crown Court for court disclosure.
Gemma is authorised to accept instructions from members of the public as well as from solicitors.
Areas of practice
- Public Law proceedings representing parents, children, family members, Special Guardians and Local Authorities.
- Public Law Children: care and adoption proceedings including those involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, neglect, drug and alcohol misuse, and mental health issues.
- Gemma has appeared in the Magistrates Court, County Court and High Court across the Country.
Despite the restrictions on public funding in her areas of law, Gemma welcomes legal aid instructions.
Gemma prepares meticulously. She is personable and able to put clients at ease with her thorough knowledge of her cases and approachable manner.