How to secure a pupillage at the commercial Bar – Virtual Short Talks for Students

Future commercial barristers are invited to Join Legal Cheek on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th July for a series of virtual short talks, delivered in partnership with COMBAR.

Neil Dowers, 4 Pump Court; Emily Betts, Gatehouse Chambers; and Nick Sloboda, One Essex Court will provide students with their top tips for pupillage applications to commercial sets, as well as an invaluable insight into what life is like at the commercial bar.

They will also explore COMBAR’s mentoring scheme, which pairs individuals from groups who are under-represented at the Bar with practitioners from COMBAR member sets, and how the scheme can help you to secure a commercial pupillage.

This is a virtual event aimed at students and graduates. The short talks will be followed by an audience Q&A.

 Apply to attend – You’ll be asked to submit two questions for the speakers.



18th July 2023 – Junior COMBAR Canapé Reception at Blackstone Chambers

Junior COMBAR invites COMBAR members of ten years call or under to a summer canapé and drinks reception hosted by Blackstone Chambers  (EC4Y 9BW) from 6pm to 10pm on 18th July 2023.

Members are encouraged to attend and socialise with their peers across Junior COMBAR, pupils are also welcome. A range of canapés  and beverages will be available, with drinks served on the terrace (weather permitting).

The event is now at capacity and no further registrations are being taken.

20th July 2023-Panel Discussion – “Ethical Questions for the Commercial Bar” Chaired by Stephen Kenny KC

A panel discussion entitled “Ethical questions for the Commercial Bar” will be chaired by Stephen Kenny KC on the 20th July 2023.

The seminar will take place in rooms at the Ashworth Centre at Lincoln’s Inn from 5:45pm to 6.45pm.

The event will be hybrid and recorded with the recording uploaded to the documents library after the event.

It is open to COMBAR members only and pupils are welcome. Please register for in-person attendance  here.  Those joining online do not need to register.

15th-16th September 2023 – COMBAR 5th India Round Table 2023 – Mumbai

Registration is now open for the 5th COMBAR India Round Table which will take place in Mumbai, starting with a reception on the evening of Friday 15th September 2023 and finishing with a dinner on Saturday 16th September 2023.

The conference and events will be held at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, an iconic venue located in the heart of Mumbai.

We are honoured and delighted that our Judicial Guests will include The Right Hon Lord Leggatt, Justice of the UK Supreme Court.

We are also pleased to announce our sole sponsor for the event, FTI Consulting Ltd.

Further details on the event may be found here. To register for the event please request a registration form.

Monday 19th June – “The Art of Persuasion” by Jack Baughman JFB Legal

In a change to our published schedule we are pleased to welcome COMBAR Honorary Overseas Member, Jack Baughman of JFB Legal who will conduct a talk on

The Art of Persuasion

Jack was a key panellist at the recent COMBAR North American and Offshore meeting in Boston.  He will be reviving his presentation on “The Art of Persuasion”  (with a few bonus topics) calling on his experience as a trial lawyer in the USA.

The talk will take place in rooms at the Ashworth Centre, Lincoln’s Inn from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.  It is open to Combar Members only. Pupils are welcome.

The event will be hybrid and recorded.  Please register your in-person by emailing There is no need to register for online attendance.

27th June – Online Panel Discussion with The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners at 5pm


Following on from the recommendation contained in the Black Inclusion Group’s report “The Specialist Commercial Bar & Black Inclusion – First Steps”, a Zoom-only workshop has been arranged by COMBAR, ChBA and TecBar with the editors of The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners to consider issues of representation and inclusion and to encourage directory submissions from the most diverse pool of applicants.

The panellists will discuss applications to the directories and answer questions on the submission process.

Whilst questions can of course be asked on the night, we would also encourage members to submit any questions they may have in advance, as part of the registration form, and which will then be asked anonymously.

A zoom link will be circulated closer to the event. Registration is now closed.

Postponed – “Crypto-currency fraud: legal remedies in a digital age”. By Mr Justice Calver.

Please note that this event has been postponed from the revised June date. A new date will be published in due course.

Mr Justice Calver will give a talk followed by questions.

The talk will take place in rooms at the Ashworth Centre, Lincoln’s Inn from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.  It is open to Combar Members only. Pupils are welcome.

The event will be hybrid and recorded.  Please register your in-person attendance here. There is no need to register for online attendance.

15th March – Junior COMBAR Celebrates International Woman’s Day

Junior COMBAR invites you to a hybrid panel discussion, hosted at Gatehouse Chambers.  It will be followed by drinks and networking to mark International Women’s Day.  Our speakers will cover career development, caring responsibilities and career breaks, health and wellbeing. Places are strictly limited so please register at the link to guarantee your attendance in person. There is no need to register to attend online.