The Commercial Bar Association’s main functions for its members are:
Representing the interests of the Commercial Bar as part of The Bar Council and The Bar Standards Board. We also liaise with other professional bodies in the UK and internationally, regarding the work of the Commercial Bar and its members.
Promoting the reputation of the Commercial Bar as a provider of legal services to the international legal and business community and facilitating the development of relationships between COMBAR members and that community, in particular, through COMBAR’s International Committees in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and off-shore.
Responding to consultation papers issued by the UK Government, the Judiciary, the Law Commission, as well as European and other international organisations that shape law and practice, to ensure that the Commercial Bar’s interests are communicated and taken into account.
Education COMBAR provides a wide variety of seminars, lectures and events. Most are accredited for CPD for NPP.
Any practising barrister, whether employed or self-employed, who is regulated by the Bar Council and the BSB, and who pays subscription fees to the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and a substantial portion of whose work is in the commercial field, is eligible for individual membership for any period during which he or she is a subscribing member of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales. They may apply to the Secretary for membership, and shall become an Individual Member upon acceptance of such application and payment of the annual subscription.
Any other barrister active in the commercial field, or any former barrister, and any individual who has been invited by the Chairman in consultation with the Executive Committee to become an Associate Member, may become an Associate Member upon payment of the annual subscription.
Members (including Associate Members) who are not self-employed recognise that COMBAR may from time to time undertake activities of exclusive relevance to self-employed barristers practising in commercial law.
An Honorary Overseas Membership of COMBAR is offered on a selective basis to lawyers who are practising in the commercial field overseas and are invited by the Chairman after consultation with the Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the International Committee to become an Honorary Overseas Member for a period of four years.
We do not offer a student membership.
To apply for to join COMBAR please download and complete the application form. Individual membership of COMBAR is currently £143. A reduced rate of £130 per barrister is charged if a set of chambers has 10 or more COMBAR members.
All applications for membership should be sent or emailed to Veronica Kendall, Administrator, The Commercial Bar Association, 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5NT. Email: email@example.com.