Peter Nguyen QC said he had 'no regrets' when he looked back on his career. During his three years as Director of Public Prosecutions, he came under fire over the Graham Grant briefing-out scandal, the rapid pace of localisation and allegations of declining standards in the prosecutions division. But lawyers were quick to pay tribute to him following the announcement of his resignation yesterday. Vice-chairman of the Bar Association, Lawrence Lok QC, said: 'He has been doing a very good job. He has been working under very difficult circumstances, and he inherited a lot of problems when he took over.' A Legal Department lawyer said he would be sad to see Mr Nguyen go. 'It is a pity because I have found him to be a very understanding and down-to-earth boss.' Others accused Mr Nguyen, the first Chinese to hold the top post, of failing to provide firm leadership and delegating important administrative areas of the job, including the pace of localisation. He was grilled by legislators in January over payments of $17 million to barrister Graham Grant, a former Legal Department lawyer who was allowed to continue working for the Government after becoming a private barrister. Mr Nguyen was criticised for saying in a memo to prosecutors that he needed 'something to sell' to Legco when quizzed over the affair. He has since introduced a crackdown on the number of prosecutions 'briefed-out' to private lawyers. Mr Nguyen, who was appointed in July 1994 after a successful career as a private barrister, made more court appearances than his predecessor. He said yesterday: 'I think my main achievement was to work so harmoniously with so many colleagues in the department.'