MPN Eid Networking Dinner with Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West

To mark the re-launch of MPN you are cordially invited to the MPN Eid Networking Dinner with our special guest speaker Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West. Nazir is Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and formerly Legal Director in CPS London and HQ. During a 22 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. He initiated ground breaking conferences and seminars that have addressed; Stalking, Crime in sport, Airport crimes, ‘Honour’ crimes, forced marriage, anti-social behaviour and gang crime. The present high profile of these subjects owes a considerable amount to Nazir's tireless 'campaigning' on the issues. He leads nationally on several legal topics including Child exploitation. In recent months, he decided that 3 householders should not be prosecuted for killing intruders thereby clarifying the law on self defence. He led the criminal justice response to the disorders in Greater Manchester which brought great reassurance to a frightened public. He successfully prosecuted the man who killed Indian student Anuj Bodve in Salford and the gang that groomed young girls in Rochdale. He advises UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries including the US and Canada. 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 list of expert speakers. He has given hundreds of interviews in all forms of media. He is also legal adviser to the successful ITV series “Law and Order UK” and 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. He is a Governor of Brunel University and unpaid consultant to voluntary sector organisations working with vulnerable people. 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 since been listed in the Pakistan Power 100 2012 which regards him as one of the 100 most influential people of Pakistani origin in the world today. He was Asian Media Group’s “Man of the Year 2012.”