Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West
Nazir Afzal OBE, is Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and formerly Director in London.
During a 23 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Many of his cases have set precedents for how the criminal law should operate. The present high profile of several subjects owes a considerable amount to Nazir's tireless 'campaigning' on the issues. He leads nationally on several legal topics including Violence against Women & Girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He advises UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. He has responsibility for more than 100,000 other prosecutions each year.
Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector. He 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 given hundreds of interviews in all forms of media. He is also legal advisor to the BBC Eastenders drama series. In addition to his CPS commitments, Nazir gives a considerable amount of time to charitable work and is trustee of several and Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust in the NW. He is Pro Chancellor of Brunel University and unpaid consultant to voluntary sector organisations working with vulnerable people. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham.
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 2012 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.