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Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit.
Two other senior members of the crime group - Rory Field and Charles Briefel - have both gone on sabbatical: the former as Director of Public Prosecutions of Belize and the latter as a human rights lawyer in Bosnia.
Although leaving the 41-tenant common law set, Gough Square for the 76-tenant full service chambers, Hardwicke Building, Upward will continue to be a door tenant at Mercury Chambers in Leeds