Chief Crown Prosecutor
Barry Hughes is from Liverpool and studied law at Sheffield University before joining the newly formed Crown Prosecution Service in 1986 as a Crown Prosecutor in North London. In 1996 Barry was promoted to the post of Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for Cheshire in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Direct and set up the CPS service which provides charging advice outside normal working hours across England and Wales. In 2007 Barry was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for Avon and Somerset. Following a CPS restructure in April 2011, Barry became Chief Crown prosecutor for the South West, with ultimate responsibility for all criminal prosecutions in Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset. He is married with two children and lives near Bath.