Slaughters finally seals hire of former SFO director David Green QC

Slaughter and May has finally confirmed it has hired former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director David Green QC as a senior consultant.

Sources had claimed conflict issues were causing a hold up in the firm’s high-profile hire, but Slaughters has said Green will not work on matters in which he was involved while at the SFO.

Green’s destination was the subject of much debate before it emerged that he was in advanced talks with the firm and expected to join as a consultant, rather than as a partner.

The firm is thought to be involved in at least two active SFO investigations with the firm currently advising British American Tobacco and Ultra Electronics.

Slaughters had acted on at least three other matters during Green’s tenure as SFO director, acting on investigations into Olympus, Rolls Royce and the Tchenguiz brothers.

Green has been out of work since April after finishing his term at the SFO. His replacement, former FBI deputy general counsel Lisa Osofsky, joined the SFO at the end of last month.

Slaughters senior partner Steve Cooke said: “David’s appointment is another step in the ongoing success of the key contentious side of our practice, which is of ever-increasing importance to clients around the globe.

“We recently promoted two dispute resolution partners in London in addition to Wynne’s arrival in Hong Kong – collectively these appointments will build on our outstanding reputation for managing high profile disputes and investigations on a global scale”

For Slaughters, this is another rare delve into the London lateral market, indicating that the firm is increasingly aware of the need to hire in its non-core practices. It hired its first London lateral 18 months ago when it took on Herbert Smith Freehills head of pensions Daniel Schaffer.

Green’s arrival shows a continued interest from top firms to hire in from government bodies, illustrated by Linklaters‘ announcement that Crown Prosecution Services director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders will join as partner.

Slaughters SFO involvement during Green’s tenure:

  • British American Tobacco (Active, acting for BAT)
  • Ultra Electronics (Active, acting for UE)
  • Olympus and its subsidiary Gyrus Group (Ended in successful defence for the pair)
  • Vincent & Robert Tchenguiz (acted for SFO and Treasury Solicitor’s department, Slaughters was on retainer for its services with partner Jonathan Cotton leading)
  • Rolls Royce (acting for RR as prinicipal adviser along with Debevoise, lead partners were Richard Swallow and Jonathan Clark)

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