Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

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