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Aimee Riese

Aimee Riese

Call: 2016

T:     E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Aimee is able to provide advice and representation, employing her strategic acumen, to all stages of complex investigations and cases.

Aimee is currently First Junior to Counsel to the Chair of the Dame Linda Dobbs Review. The review is considering whether issues in relation to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported by Lloyds Banking Group. Aimee is skilled in handling challenging investigation work and leading large teams. She is also a member of SFO C Panel.

She has appeared in cases involving all aspects of crime, from serious violence to financial crime, as well as inquest and inquiry work.

Aimee was awarded an LLM in Human Rights Law (distinction). Aimee is a school governor and held a previous public appointment by the Ministry of Justice as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. She has previously carried out work for a number of leading NGOs both in the UK and internationally.

Inquests and Inquiries

First Junior Counsel to the Chair of the Dame Linda Dobbs Review (ongoing)

First Junior to Counsel to the Chair of the Dobbs Review. Assisting Dame Linda Dobbs in considering whether issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities following Lloyds Banking Group’s acquisition of HBOS.

Counsel team to the Undercover Policing Inquiry (2018)

A member of the inquiry counsel team to the public inquiry into undercover policing.

Junior Counsel to the Inquest touching upon the death of Ellie Butler (2018)

This was an Article 2 inquest. As junior counsel to the inquest, Aimee prepared the core material, had responsibility over disclosure issues, drafted written legal advice to the Assistant Coroner on issues relating to Article 2 and public interest immunity, and questioned key witnesses.

Aimee will accept instructions to represent bereaved families, recognising the challenges of legal aid in this area.

Human Rights

Advising a central government department on issues relating to Brexit, human rights and international law

Aimee has previously been instructed in advisory matters for a number of government departments, with experience of legal professional privilege and parliamentary privilege.


Recent cases include:

  • R v X (2020) Representing a youth client charged with false imprisonment and ABH (ongoing)
  • R v X (2019) Client acquitted of two counts of ill treatment of persons who lack capacity – allegations related to two different people in a care home and the case included submissions on the sufficiency of the expert evidence as well as non-defendant bad character issues arising out of defence applications for disclosure
  • R v X (2019) Represented client in serious ABH that followed a motorway road rage incident, successful submissions on dangerousness

Publications, Lectures and Training

Panellist: “Corporate Criminal Liability: updates, developments and future trends”, November 2021

Co-author: The Law and Regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices, OUP, 2021, Chapter 9 Liability in Criminal Law.

Podcast, ‘What is an inquest?’, Get Legally Speaking, December 2020

Panellist: Inquests: A Conversation with the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, September 2020

Co-author: RPC report on the topical issue of whether it is now time for a failure to prevent fraud offence to be introduced – Is the law on corporate criminal liability about to take a new turn [LAW GAZETTE] [Download PDF]

Assisted in editing Archbold 2018 Chapter 8 Witnesses and Chapter 19 Offences Against the Person


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LLM in Human Rights Law, UCL, Distinction

BPTC, City Law School

GDL, University of Law

BSc International Relations and History, London School of Economics and Political Science


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Bar Human Rights Committee

Criminal Bar Association

Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Professional Appointments

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SFO C Panel 2020-2024 List

CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor

Attorney General’s Civil Panel (GLD) Junior Juniors Scheme

National Security Check (“SC”) cleared


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Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)