Baroness Scotland appoints SFO head

Barrister Richard Alderman has been appointed as director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Attorney General Baroness Scotland announced today (17 March).

Alderman, who is currently the director of national teams and special civil investigations in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), will start his new role on 21 April, succeeding present director Robert Wardle.

On Alderman’s appointment, Scotland said she looked forward to working closely with the new director.

“I am sure all at the Serious Fraud Office are delighted that someone with such experience and strong expertise in complex fraud investigations, including notable work at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, will be leading them in to the future,” said Scotland.

In his current role, Alderman is responsible for 3,000 staff who carry out specialised tax investigations. Previously he was the director of the Revenue’s special compliance office from 2003 to 2005. In this role he was responsible for all of the criminal investigations carried out by the Inland Revenue, as the HMRC was then known.

Other key roles Alderman has also carried out in the Government Legal Service include acting as a treasury solicitor from 2002, where he worked with the Home Office to set up the Assets Recovery Agency. He subsequently became the agency’s first legal director.