• North America

    The North America Committee continues to develop and enhance COMBAR's long-standing relationship with the North American legal community, sharing best practice, studying specialist areas of the common law and fostering strong and long-lasting relationships. The committee is chaired by Henry King QC and assisted by Alice Carse. 

  • COMBAR North American Meeting 2018

    COMBAR North American Meeting, Vienna, 31 May-1 June 2018

    This year the North American Meeting will be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Vienna, Austria, from 31 May to 1 June 2018.  Spouses/partners and families are very welcome to attend as well.  We are delighted that the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Popplewell, and his wife Dr Debra Lomas will be attending as COMBAR’s guests.

    This meeting is for COMBAR members only.


    Our block of 50 guest rooms at the meeting hotel, the Park Hyatt, have all gone and we have recently asked for an additional 10 guest rooms. These are going fast too so early booking is recommended.  The bookings are from Wednesday 30 May to Saturday 2 June.  The room rates are €390 pn with the Hyatt buffet breakfast included in the room rate.  Additional breakfasts are calculated at €30 pp.  The room allocation will be held until 13 April 2018, at which time any unallocated rooms will be released for general sale.  These rooms may be rebooked based on availability and at the rate of the day.

    COMBAR members are responsible for booking their own accommodation, and are requested to contact the hotel reservations department on +43 (0)1 / 22740 1234 or by email to Vienna.park@hyatt.com and make a booking in the name ‘The Commercial Bar Association”.  All reservations require a valid credit card. 

    Alternatively, you can book your accommodation on the hotel’s home page  using the following group code: G-COMB.

    The Meeting

    Following the Welcome Drinks Reception at the hotel on Wednesday, 30 May, the conference will start on Thursday morning, with the final session being before lunch on Friday. 

    The programme includes panels on current issues in trial management (including Mr Justice Popplewell on “Oral advocacy: who needs it?”), arbitration, banking disputes, damages, and a debate “This House would outlaw litigation funding”.  Full details will be available shortly.     

    The Thursday evening drinks reception will be held at the Palais Coburg.  Palais Coburg was designed in 1839 by architect Karl Schleps and built from 1840 to 1845 by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha atop the Braunbastei (Brown Bastion), a part of the Vienna city defences dating to 1555.

    The meeting will end after lunch on Friday with the afternoon being free to sightsee until the gala dinner that evening.

    Spouse/Partner Optional programme

    For those not attending the meeting, on Thursday 31 May we have organised a visit to the Spanish Riding School, which is located a short walk from the hotel.  From 10am-12noon, participants can enjoy watching the morning exercise which offers an insight into the training of the riders and the famous Lipizzans horses.  You can watch the training of both the young grey stallions and the fully-trained School stallions – the “white stars” – in the beautiful setting of the Winter Riding School, accompanied by classical Viennese music.

    Prices: EUR 15.00 for adults and EUR 7.50 for children.

    Afterwards, participants may like to have lunch or coffee and cakes at one of Vienna’s palatial coffee houses, Café Central, which is a short walk from the riding school.  The café is inspired by Venetian Trecento-era architecture.  The menu includes a broad selection of classic Viennese dishes, traditional coffee specialities and sweet treats from the in-house patisserie. Coffee and lunch costs are additional.

    If you are interested in this optional programme please email admin@combar.com to reserve a place.


    The black tie dinner on Friday evening will be held in the Ballroom at the magnificent Liechtenstein City Palace.  The Palace is still privately owned by the princely family and for over 300 years has been deeply rooted in Vienna’s history.  The City Palace is situated in Vienna’s inner city and has undergone a five year renovation to restore it to its former glory.  The ensemble of Baroque stucco ceilings, opulent neo-Rococo interiors, make it the perfect setting for the COMBAR dinner.  At the end of the evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a display of Viennese dancing – and even (for those who wish) an opportunity to participate!

    Meeting Fee

    The cost of the conference will be £570 (£470 for 10 years call and under).  Attendance at the welcome reception and drinks reception is £100 (£85 for 10 years call and under; free for children aged 16 years and under); the dinner will be £185 (£165 for 10 years call and under; £100 for children aged 16 and under).

    To register for the meeeting click here

     Henry King QC

    Chair, North American Committee

    Alice Carse
    Executive Committee member