SFO names 6 King’s Bench Walk silk as next director

6 King’s Bench Walk barrister David Green QC is to become director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Attorney General Dominic Grieve announced today.

After 25 years of prosecuting and defending at the criminal bar, Green became the first director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions in April 2005. He headed the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) from its launch until the department merged with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in January 2010.

He returned to the bar in April 2011, joining 6 King’s Bench Walk. Since his return to private practice, he has been instructed in complex strategic export cases and as disclosure counsel in a substantial revenue fraud.

He joins the SFO in April 2012 and will hold the post of director for four years.

Commenting on the appointment Grieve said that Green’s arrival marks a challenging time for the SFO.

“The Government is committed to a better and more coordinated approach to economic crime and is putting the structures in place to effect this,” he said.

“The SFO will play an important role in this new strategy, working with Economic Crime Command partners and energetically pursuing the corruption and fraud which cause so much damage to victims, to law abiding competitors and to the UK’s wider economy and reputation.”

Green joins the fraud body as it battles to adjust to a 25 per cent budget cut, which is expected to extend until 2013.The future of the office is also in doubt as the Government’s plan to create a new National Crime Agency (NCA) has changed several times. Several senior members of staff left the agency earlier this year as a result of speculation about its future (25 April 2011 http://www.thelawyer.com/focus-serious-fraud-office-split-decision/1007719.article).

Commenting on his new post, Green said: “The SFO harnesses all the specialist skills needed to tackle serious and complex fraud and bribery under one roof.

“Importantly, it will contribute to our economic recovery by working to ensure a level playing field in the markets and underpinning the maxim ’my word is my bond’. Over the next few years, the SFO will play a crucial role in the developing anti-fraud strategy.”

Green takes over from current director Richard Alderman, who was previously director of national teams and special civil investigations at HM Revenue and Customs (17 March 2008).