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David Green QC has this month taken over the Directorship of the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) from Richard Alderman. Prior to joining the SFO, Mr Green had practised as a barrister specialising in serious crime for more than 25 years.

Between 2004 and 2011, he served as Director of the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, and following its merger with the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”), as Director of the CPS Central Fraud Group.

Mr Green has stated that it is one of his priorities to ‘rebalance the focus between prosecution and civil settlement’ towards more prosecution, while focussing on prioritising cases that cannot be dealt with by other agencies. However, he has also supported the introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements.