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Elizabeth Birch, architect of the recently formed arbitration service, Arbitration for Commerce and Industry (ACI), has defected from 20 Essex Street to rival commercial set 3 Verulam Buildings.
Birch, who moves set on 3 August after 18 years at 34-tenant 20 Essex Street, said she wanted to expand her ACI work in banking, insurance and financial services, in line with specialisations at 48-tenant 3 Verulam Buildings.
Her new set includes ACI members John Jarvis QC and Richard de Lacy.
Head of 20 Essex Street, David Johnson QC, said: "These moves happen from time to time. There is no question of taking anyone to replace Elizabeth."
He added that the remaining five tenants in the set on the ACI panel were staying: "ACI barristers will not be coalescing around her."
Christopher Symons QC, administrative head of chambers at 3 Verulam Buildings, said: "Elizabeth's practice complements and strengthens the existing specialisms within chambers."