The Director of the of the SFO, David Green CB QC, has also issued a statement on how his agency will use civil recovery powers under Part V of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He asserts the principle of primacy of prosecutions – set out in the Attorney General’s guidance – which he pledged the SFO would follow and he also confirmed that the SFO would provide greater transparency in its decision making. (http://www.sfo.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-work/5-civil-recovery.aspx.) The Director, in the Inaugural Fraud Lawyers’ Association Speech (26th of March 2013), has emphasised that this alternative should never be used as a substitute for a prosecution, stating “we investigate and prosecute: civil settlement is still alive and well, in the right circumstances but we are not there to offer deals and a special easy path for white collar criminals.” The timing of this statement is interesting, in view of the imminent arrival of the DPA. It is anticipated the awaited DPA Guidance will contain a similar warning to prosecutors, to ensure that DPAs are not seen as a soft option.