Although it’s possible to bring a private tuition, they are extremely rare and if the CPS are dealing with this, there is no need. It is not you that brings the prosecution.
You make the complaint and the CPS do the prosecuting.
Sometimes, a complaint can be made by a third party and sometimes, if police are present, there is actually no need for complaint in the first place.
You would be presumably called as a witness and there would not normally be any need for you to have your own solicitor there .
The prosecution process is outside your control.
You are correct that the CPS will not necessarily press for a maximum charge. What they will do is go for the maximum charge which they think they will get a conviction.
As a rule of thumb, whatever a member of the public thinks the person should be charged with, they will normally get prosecuted for the next level down or they will come to an agreement whereby the culprit will say that he will plead not guilty to GBH but will plead guilty to ABH.
It is better to go with the ABH charge than it is to risk him walking by not being convicted of GBH.
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It is about intent but section 18 is not prosecuted that often. The next most serious offence after section 18 is attempted murder.
I had a client who was severely beaten with a pickaxe handle and who was subsequently stopped by a third party (very similar circumstances to yours although yours is probably slightly worse) and they only prosecuted section 20.
They could push for attempted murder and then bargain down to section 18.I think it unlikely they will push for an attempted murder because of the dilatory nature of how they have investigated this. Sorry.