With the UK widely recognized as the leading international centre for legal services and the majority of COMBAR’s membership regularly undertaking international work, a key part of COMBAR’s role is to foster relationships with the international legal community. COMBAR’s strategy is spearheaded by an International Committee and implemented by sub committees for the North American, European, Asia, Offshore and Africa regions. The development of international links offer COMBAR members the opportunity to build new relationships and deepen existing ones, while providing a multi-jurisdictional forum for the exchange of ideas, developments in the law and regional market insight.
Central to this is our Honorary Overseas Members (HOMs) programme, whereby leading commercial law practitioners are invited to join COMBAR. Our much valued HOMs are involved in planning and implementing activity in each region, working with COMBAR’s committees to create an effective and influential international network. Criteria for becoming an HOM can be found here. Regional activities include:
- Promoting closer ties, cooperation and information exchange between commercial practitioners in different jurisdictions.
- Regional events to further develop relationships.
- Funding scholarship and exchange programmes for foreign lawyers.
- Provision of financial support to legal organisations in the developing world.
- Andrew Spink QC, International Committee Chair
- Glen Davis QC, Africa sub-committee chair
- David Joseph QC, Asia sub-committee chair
- Barbara Dohman QC, Europe sub-committee chair
- Alexander Gunning QC, North America sub-committee chair
- Nikki Singla, Offshore sub-committee chair
COMBAR’s International Work
As our interactive map and indexes demonstrate COMBAR barristers are active in courts and arbitration centres across the globe. With 27% of the world’s 320 jurisdictions now using English Common Law, continued expansion of this presence is a certainty.
COMBAR barristers also undertake a huge range and quantity of international work from London, both litigation and London-based arbitration. More arbitrations take place in London than in any other city in the world, with 24,000 commercial and civil disputes resolved in the UK through arbitration and mediation in 2013. Additionally 80% of cases going through the Rolls Building have a party from outside the UK, with over 1000 Commercial Court claims issued per year. With these numbers in mind it is no surprise that international exports generated by barristers contributed an impressive £132 million to the UK economy in 2013, with more than 1,100 barristers working on international cases. COMBAR’s role is to ensure that the English and Welsh Commercial Bar continues to flourish both through undertaking international work in the UK and across the globe.
(All stats from Legal Services 2015 report, City UK).