A EUROPEAN Union competition law specialist has deserted the Bar to join City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp.
Mark Clough, who was called to the Bar in 1978, attributes his move to the other branch of the profession to a need to expand and diversify his work.
Until this month he was based at Brick Court Chambers which specialises in European Union law and has a chambers in Brussels.
He joined Ashursts on 4 September and will spend much of his time at the Brussels office where he is currently "of counsel". He will become a company law partner as soon as he is able to convert to the solicitors' profession.
Clough is described by the firm as a specialist in all aspects of European Union law and litigation.
Commenting on his move, he said: "I was at the stage of my professional career at which I wanted to grow and that's not very easy for a barrister to do."