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Nazir Afzal

Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West

Nazir was Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and formerly Director in London. During

his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including Violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He has advised UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection particularly girls. He now gives expert perspectives on all justice issues including radicalisation.

Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector and has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He is on the European Union and Council of Europe list of expert speakers. He has an outstanding communicator and given hundreds of interviews across media platforms. Nazir is also legal advisor to the BBC EastEnders drama series and sits as a Trustee of several NGOs including Roshni in Scotla & Halo in England and is former Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust. He is Pro Chancellor of  Brunel University and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham. He also works with the UN Human  Rights Council.

Nazir’s has received many accolades, in 2005; he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work with the

CPS and involvement with local communities. He has also had the honour of being the only lawyer to ever prosecute a case before the Queen. In 2007, he was awarded the CPS’s Public Servant of the year, named Legal Personality of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers; the UK Government’s Justice Award 2007 and awarded the Daily Mirror newspaper “People’s award” voted for by readers. He was awarded the Asian

Woman Magazine Excellence Award and the Law Society/Bar Council Mentoring award.  Nazir was also

selected for the Asian Power 100 along with the Muslim Power 100 list, recognised as one of the 100 most influential leading Muslims and Asians in the UK.   He has been listed in the Pakistan Power100 which regards him as one of the 100 most influential people of Pakistani origin in the world today. Awarded the British Pakistani Jubilee Award 2012, A lifetime Achievement Award by the Power 100, and the British Muslim Award in 2013. He was Asian Media Group’s “Man of the Year 2012,” and the Asian Achievers Award 2014.