Keir Starmer QC
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Keir Starmer was called to the Bar in 1987 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. His main areas of practice were human rights, international law, judicial review and criminal law. He has conducted cases at the highest level and all over the world in those fields. He is the author of several leading text books on human rights and criminal law.

He was named as QC of the Year in the field of human rights and public law in 2007 by the Chambers & Partners directory and in 2005 he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith award for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty throughout the Caribbean and also in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.

He was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service in 2008.

Since taking up the post of Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir has introduced Core Quality Standards within the CPS and a robust quality assurance framework to ensure that all prosecutors provide a high quality service to the public.

As DPP, Keir has had to handle many complex and sensitive issues such as Assisted Suicide and cases in which members of the House of Commons and House of Lords have been charged with criminal offences. He has also led on publishing important guidance for prosecutors e.g. those on Assisted Suicide, and assessing the public interest in cases involving the media

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Social Media Prosecutions: Why I Have Published Guidelines Today

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 5:22 AM

The integration of social media into our day-to-day lives is now well-established.

With the news last week that the Pope had sent his first tweet, it is clear that social media has become an important method by which so many of us communicate with our friends, contacts and outside...

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