David N. Kirk


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  • Council of Legal Education, JD, 1974
  • St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, BA, English Language and Literature, 2nd Class Honours, 1971
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
Chairman, Board of Trustee Directors, Fraud Advisory Panel (effective July 2014)

David advises clients on all aspects of financial crime investigations.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods in early 2014, David was chief criminal counsel at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), overseeing the financial crime investigations and prosecutions of the FCA. Between 2006 and 2009 he was director of the Fraud Prosecution Service. For 20 years prior to 2006, David was a partner in international law firms in the City of London where he advised corporate clients on fraud compliance issues and investigations. He has also advised the UK Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions on criminal matters. David has served as liaison with European and US authorities, and worked alongside the UK Economic Crime Agency.

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David Kirk
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London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

Advised the UK Attorney General and Solicitor General on criminal issues, including the setting up of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

Set up the City’s first specialist fraud and regulation team in a major City firm.

Acted for the defence in Serious Fraud Office prosecutions, including Guinness, Blue Arrow, Levitt Group, Morgan Grenfell, Corporate Services Group, British Bus.

Acted for the defence in Inland Revenue Prosecutions, including Nissan UK.

Acted for clients in regulatory cases brought by financial regulators.

Carried out investigations for Kuwait Investment Office, BBA plc, Channel 5.

Appointed (2006) to be the first Director of the Fraud Prosecution Service, part of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Appointed (2009) to be the first Chief Criminal Counsel at the Financial Services Authority.

Chairman, Editorial Board, The Journal of Criminal Law
Numerous articles in the national and legal press
Co-author, "The Law and Practice of International Investigations: Privilege," Global Investigations Review, October 5, 2017
Author, "A bill that could raise expectations but bring no convictions," The Times of London, September 22, 2016
Author, "Bringing down the bank," Compliance Monitor, April 2014
Co-author, Serious Fraud – Investigation and Trial, Butterworth, 3 editions, 1992-2003
Speaker, "Alternative Resolutions to Criminal Matters - DPAs, NPAs and other Resolutions - Are They a Blessing or a Curse?," Transnational Crime Conference, International Bar Association, April 2014
Panelist, Networking Reception and Panel – Inquiries into Competition and Alleged Misconduct in UK Financial Services, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, International, Cartel and Criminal Practice, Insurance and Financial Services and Membership and Diversity Committees, January 2014
Speaker, "AIFMD 6 Months On," GAIM-Ops International Conference, Paris, November 2013
Speaker, "Current Trends in Insider Dealing," GAIM-Ops International Conference, Grand Cayman, April 2013
Speaker, "Regulation Issues in Criminal Cases," International Bar Association Conference, Business Crime Section, Dublin, October 2012
Speaker, "Issues with Evidence in Cross Border Cases," British-German Jurists Association, Durham, November 2011
Speaker, "Market Abuse and Credible Deterrence," The Transnational Criminal, International Bar Association, Paris, June 2010