Kirk will join the enforcement division’s specialist lawyers who focus on criminal prosecutions.
He has extensive legal experience following a career as a partner of city law firms, as the director of public prosecutions and most recently as the founding director of the FPS.
The FSA has also appointed Keith Foggon to the enforcement division as manager of the digital evidence unit.
Foggon was formerly head of the digital forensics unit at the Serious Fraud Office and has developed expertise in an area that the FSA says is important for its enforcement case work.
FSA director of enforcement Margaret Cole says: “I am delighted that David Kirk will be joining the FSA. The FSA has made a firm commitment to bringing criminal prosecutions to support our objective of achieving clean and orderly markets through credible deterrence.
“David will bring a wealth of experience of criminal prosecutions and will greatly strengthen our ability to bring more criminal actions as we plan to do.”
Kirk says: “This is an exciting time to be joining the FSA as it takes on more criminal prosecutions. I am looking forward to working with the strong team the FSA has already built.”