Max Hill QC, who is the the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, is believed to be the frontrunner to take over the £204,000-a-year post in October.
He is an experienced criminal barrister who has prosecuted and defended a number of high-profile cases including terror trials, murders, violent crime and corporate misconduct.
He successfully prosecuted the failed 21/7 bombers and appeared at the inquest into the 7/7 attacks.
But Mr Hill, 55, was criticised when he gave a previous interview where he said not every "naive" British Isis recruit returning from Syria should be prosecuted.
He also argued it was “wrong" to use the phrase "Islamist terrorism" to describe all terror attacks.
Current DPP Alison Saunders is set to step down later this year.
Another candidate being considered is Edward Brown, QC, a former senior Treasury counsel who recently prosecuted Barclays Bank.
A spokesman for the attorney-general's office said: "An announcement on the new DPP will be made in due course."
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