SFO director: We don't do guidance

01 November 2017

David Green told GIR Live London that, unlike US enforcement agencies, the SFO won’t issue guidance on how to self-report – despite the agency's dim view of internal investigations.

GIR Live: SFO chief “entirely relaxed” about Home Office audit

01 November 2017

The director of the Serious Fraud Office David Green says he isn’t worried about the results of a forthcoming audit conducted by the Home Office reviewing the work of UK agencies that combat economic crime.

David Green on section 2 judicial review: “Bring it on”

31 October 2017

The SFO’s director told GIR Live London that he welcomes litigation over whether his agency can demand information and documentation held overseas.

GIR Live: In-house counsel have a target on their back

06 November 2017

Lawyers say that the increased focus of UK enforcement agencies on individuals means that in-house counsel and compliance officers are more often in the crosshairs of investigations.


Jonathan Pickworth

White & Case

Jonathan heads the London White Collar Crime team and has almost 30 years of experience representing corporates and individuals in investigations by UK and international agencies. He also advises firms on internal investigations, due diligence, compliance and risk in relation to criminal and regulatory matters. Clients benefit from his experience in dealing with law enforcement and regulators, his strategic thinking and his pragmatism. Jonathan's practice focuses on allegations relating to corruption, market misconduct, fraud, tax evasion, insider trading and money laundering. 

Louise Hodges

Kingsley Napley

Louise represents companies and individuals embroiled in criminal proceedings in the UK. She is part of the team representing Tesco in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) criminal investigation and Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). Louise is particularly well known for representing individuals subject to financial regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct including insider dealing and misleading the market, mainly dealt with by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the SFO. She heads the KN Financial Services Group. 

Keynote Speaker

David Green CB QC

Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

David Green CB QC was appointed Director of the Serious Fraud Office in April 2012. David was called to the Bar in 1979; appointed Recorder in 1996 and took silk in 2000. After 25 years of prosecuting and defending at the Criminal Bar, he was appointed the first Director of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in April 2005 until the department was merged with the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2010. He returned to the Bar in April 2011 and was appointed CB in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year.


Matthew Cowie


Louise Delahunty


Francis Kean

Willis Towers Watson

Judy Krieg

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Jo Rickards

Mishcon de Reya

Steve Smith

Financial Crime Compliance, Nomura

Brian Spiro

Herbert Smith Freehills

Simon Taylor

Forensic Risk Alliance

Thomas Yongo

Corporate Counsel, Senior Director (EMEA & APAC), Global Ethics & Integrity, Salesforce


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

9.10: Fireside chat with David Green  

Jonathan and Louise interview Serious Fraud Office Director, David Green CB QC

9.40: Session 1: The future of enforcement in the UK: Is the SFO now properly equipped to meet the UK's enforcement needs and what should the priorities be for its next Director?

Following the DPAs with Rolls Royce, Tesco and Standard Bank, the SFO is taken seriously around the world. Is the SFO's future now secure or is there a better model than the one currently in place? Should the SFO be judged on its revenue generation or by some other measure? Our panel of leading names will debate these and other questions in the popular GIR style.

Questions expected to be discussed include:

  • How successful has the SFO been?
  • Should David Green be taken at his word to "judge me on LIBOR"?
  • If not the SFO, then is there a better alternative?
  • Despite all its successes, can the SFO nonetheless improve in certain quarters?
  • Is the SFO taking the right approach with witnesses and compulsion interviews?
  • Is the SFO now in danger of relying too much on DPAs?
  • Can the uncertainty around the SFO's future finally be resolved?
  • In an era of global enforcement, where should the focus be - individuals or companies, or both? 

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case 

Matthew Cowie, Dechert 
David Green CB QC, Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
Jo Rickards, Mishcon de Reya 
Brian Spiro, Herbert Smith Freehills
Simon Taylor, Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA)

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session 2: Increasing personal liability: What does it mean for inhouse counsel and private practitioners, and how can both groups protect themselves?

Can in-house counsel be expected to perform as ‘corporate policemen' in an era where enforcers are seeking to put a target on their back? Our panellists will discuss the difficult position of the in-house lawyer who gives advice that the business ignores. What can they do? They may not have the financial luxury of being able to just walk away from the job.

Other questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How real is the threat of enforcement action being taken against in-house legal and compliance staff?
  • Is the same threat present for external advisers?
  • How can any advisers protect themselves when preventative advice is ignored?
  • Would you now take on an in-house role? 

Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

Louise Delahunty, Cooley 
Judy Krieg, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Thomas Yongo, Corporate Counsel, Senior Director (EMEA & APAC), Global Ethics & Integrity, Salesforce
Francis Kean, Willis Towers Watson
Steve Smith, Financial Crime Compliance, Nomura

13.00: Chairs' closing remarks

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Louise Hodges, Kingsley Napley

13.10: Networking lunch

14.10: Close of conference


Exchange House, 12 Primrose St, London EC2A 2HS


  • “Excellent networking opportunities provided by the conference.”

    Charlie Goldschmid

    Marc Jacobs International

  •  “Great chairs with in depth experience”

    Wanying Bin

    Mayer Brown LLP

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £600 29 September 2017
Early £700 20 October 2017
Standard £800 31 October 2017


Complimentary In-house/governmental registration available