• North America

    North America Committee
    Henry King QC (Fountain Court Chambers) - Chair
    Alice Carse (Devereux Chambers)


  • COMBAR North American Meeting 2019 - New Orleans 30 - 31 May 2019


    We are pleased to announce details of this year’s North American Meeting which will be held in New Orleans from 30-31 May 2019. Spouses/partners and families are very welcome to attend.

    This event is for COMBAR members only.

    We are delighted to be able to announce that our Guests of Honour are the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Teare, and his wife Lady Teare; and Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and his wife Jo Ann Stewart. Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart is known to many COMBAR members as the previous President of the American Inns of Court. Both Judges will be participating at the meeting.


    The meeting will be held at the Hotel Monteleone, an historic, luxury hotel with a roof top swimming pool located in the French Quarter, near to restaurants, antique shops, Bourbon Street, the French Market and the Riverwalk.

    COMBAR is holding 50 guestrooms to reserve at the Hotel Monteleone for members from Wednesday 29 May to 1 June 2019.

    Room Booking

    COMBAR members and their guests are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

    The room rates are $169 pn plus 15.20% tax and a $2 per room per night occupancy tax. Breakfast is not included in the room rate and the average price for breakfast is $35pp. The room allocation will be held for COMBAR until 29 April 2019, at which time any unallocated rooms will be released for general sale. These room rates are available to COMBAR delegates two days prior to the meeting dates, based on availability. Rates are subject to availability at the time the reservation is made.

    Rooms are available to COMBAR delegates one day after the meeting, based on availability. The rate is $229 plus applicable taxes and is subject to availability at the time the reservation is made.

    To make a room booking please email Carmen Joseph CJoseph@hotelmonteleone.com or
    Kristie Hagstette KHagstette@hotelmonteleone.com and say you are part of the COMBAR group.

    If you would prefer to call, the number is 001 504-293-2314 to speak to Kristen Newman

    COMBAR members may wish to book a “flight and an hotel” package from British Airways. Bizarrely, BA appear to sell the package cheaper than the flight alone. There are direct BA flights from London to New Orleans on Mondays. Please note: If you book the hotel direct with British Airways, please inform the Hotel Monteleone who will count the room towards the COMBAR block booking: the hotel require us to take a certain number of rooms, but are content for us to also book them through the BA package.

    The Meeting

    Following the Welcome Drinks Reception at the hotel on Wednesday, 29 May, the conference will start on the morning of 30 May, with the final session being before lunch on Friday 31 May. We anticipate lively discussion on a range of current topics in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. We are keen to encourage contributions to panel sessions from junior members of COMBAR, so please let us know if you would be interested in speaking.

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

    Thursday evening social event

    The Thursday evening drinks reception will be a fantastic evening on the Mississippi River. COMBAR will set sail on board the paddlewheeler the Creole Queen (from 6pm) for a 2 hour cocktail and canape cruise with live entertainment from a jazz trio.

    Spouse/Partner Optional programme

    For those partners and spouses not attending the meeting, on Thursday 30 May there will be a two hour guided city tour. More details will be made available in due course but meanwhile if you are interested in the tour, please email Veronica or Alison at admin@combar.com 

    Friday evening Dinner 

    Chief Judge Stewart has given COMBAR the privilege of use of the Great Hall in the historic John Minor Wisdom Courthouse for dinner on Friday evening. Dress code: lounge suits.

    Meeting Fee

    The cost of the conference will be £500 (£400 for 10 years call and under). Attendance at the welcome reception and drinks reception is a total of £100 (£90 for 10 years call and under; free for children aged 16 years and under); the dinner will be £150 (£150 for 10 years call and under; £100 for children aged 16 and under). Registration closing date: Friday 17 May 2019.

    See registration form here

    See Programme here



    Henry King QC
    Chair, North American Committee

    Alice Carse
    Executive Committee member


    COMBAR North American Meeting 2018

    The Meeting took  place tin Vienna, Austria, from 31 May to 1 June 2018.

    We were delighted that the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Popplewell, and his wife Dr Debra Lomas attended as COMBAR’s guests.

    Discussions are underway about the destination for the North American Meeting 2019.

    See full Programme here

    See List of Attendees here

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    Session 1 - What is the point? Challenges  in commercial litigation

    Alex Gunning QC paper

    Session 2 - Arbitration

    Josephine Davies paper

    Balz Gross presentation

    Andrew Scott paper

    Session 3 - Recent developments in banking disputes

    Nik Yeo papers

    Session 4 - Damages

    Stephen D Susman paper

    and PowerPoint

    Ishan Bhabha paper

    Anne Jeavons presentation

    Craig Orr QC One Step

    Debate: This House would outlaw litigation funding

    Opposing the motion paper

    Bianca Venaka received funding through the Bar Council International Fund Programme, which COMBAR supports, to attend the Meeting in Vienna.  Please click here to read her account of the event.


    Henry King QC
    Chair, North American Committee

    Alice Carse
    Executive Committee Member