Who we are
COMBAR is the specialist association of the English and Welsh Commercial Bar. We represent over 1600 individual members and 37 leading barristers’ chambers, all of whom provide specialist advice, advocacy and mediation services in relation to commercial law for businesses, individuals and other organisations. Our members carry out work nationally and internationally, in the context of transactions, arbitration and litigation.
The English Commercial Bar’s reputation for dealing efficiently and effectively with commercial disputes is founded on centuries of experience. London has had a specialist Commercial Court since 1895, and COMBAR itself was formed in 1989. Six of COMBAR's former Chairs have gone on to become judges of the Commercial Court, demonstrating the calibre of the COMBAR leadership and allowing the association to enjoy a close and enduring professional dialogue with the specialist commercial judges.
What our members do
- Are practising barristers, with expertise in high value commercial disputes across a range of sectors (including banking, insurance, reinsurance, shipping, international trade and other business disputes).
- Advise and act as advocates in complex litigation in the Commercial Court in London, based at the pre-eminent Rolls Building, as well as at appellate level in the UK and in other tribunals and arbitral proceedings held all over the world.
- Act as expert witnesses on English law.
- Advise governments and trans-national organisations on legal reform, helping to ensure effective and enforceable legislation and related rules.