Chief Prosecutor from BBC Documentary is new North West CPS Chief

14/03/2016

Claire Lindley has been appointed as the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, covering the counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Claire joins CPS North West from CPS Mersey-Cheshire where she has been the Chief Crown Prosecutor since 2012. She recently featured in the BBC4 series 'The Prosecutors', a three-part documentary which went behind the scenes to show the work of the Crown Prosecution teams based in Liverpool. The film makers were given unprecedented access by Claire and her team to film the day to day work of the CPS over 18 months in building criminal cases and bringing prosecutions to court.

Claire was born and brought up in the North West and was first appointed as a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) in Cheshire in 2005, later taking up CCP appointments in Cumbria, Staffordshire and the merged Mersey-Cheshire Area.

She joined the CPS in 1987, starting her career in London before returning to the North West.

On her appointment Claire said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the CPS in the North West. I have worked in the region previously and know the area well and I am looking forward to working with our prosecution teams to provide the best service we can to the people of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

"As a prosecution service we have a vital role in making communities safer and in supporting victims and witnesses. Our role is not always well understood, which is why as Chief Crown Prosecutor in Mersey-Cheshire I agreed to allow the TV cameras in to follow what we did, so viewers could see how we make decisions and the sort of challenges we face in bringing cases to court. As Chief Crown Prosecutor I will be working hard, with my colleagues and partners in the North West, to make sure that anyone who has been the victim of a crime has the confidence to come forward knowing that we will take their case seriously, prosecute it professionally and fairly and treat them with empathy."

Claire took up her post as Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West area on 4th March 2016.

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Biography

Claire was born in Bolton and attended school there.

She is a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1986, having studied Law at both Nottingham University (LLB) and London School of Economics (LLM). She is a Bencher of Gray's Inn.

Claire joined the CPS in 1987. She worked for the CPS  in London until 2001 when she moved back to the North West heading up a branch office in Preston.

Since 2005 she has worked as a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) in Cheshire, Cumbria and Staffordshire, as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in Mersey-Cheshire and most recently as CCP for Mersey-Cheshire.

Since August 2015 Claire has been overseeing CPS North West while in her substantive post as Chief Crown Prosecutor of Mersey-Cheshire. She was appointed to the post of Chief Crown Prosecutor, North West Area on 4th March.