A Dutiful Boy: A Discussion with Mohsin Zaidi

A joint event by ChBA, COMBAR, TECBAR and A&O.  The London barrister and author of memoir A Dutiful Boy, Mohsin Zaidi will be joining us for a conversation.

Mohsin’s book focuses on his experiences growing up gay in a strict Muslim household as well as addressing themes of race, class and mental health.  A Dutiful Boy, named in the Guardian and GQ Magazine‘s Best Books of 2020, is a coming of age memoir about Mohsin Zaidi’s life. Mohsin grew up in east London in a devout Muslim household in which being gay would be inconceivable. A young closeted Mohsin attended an inner city school where violence was a fact of life and his drive led him to become the first person from his school to attend Oxford University. At university, he was able to be his true self but when confronted by his father, he was invited to be ‘cured’ by a witch doctor.  Mohsin will discuss his battle with shame and the long journey to acceptance him and his family faced, overcoming religious and cultural barriers in the process.  Please register by clicking here. This session will be recorded.

“The Silk Application and Life as a Junior Silk”, 23 February 2021

23 February 2021 – TECBAR, COMBAR and ChBA  are jointly hosting a panel discussion “The Silk Application and Life as a Junior Silk” from 5.30pm-6.30pm. This will be administered by Gray’s Inn.

The panel discussion and Q&A session will  be led by Siân Mirchandani QC of 4 New Square. The panellists include:

  • Mrs Justice Cockerill, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, DBE
  • Mrs Justice O’Farrell, Judge in Charge of TCC, DBE
  • Mrs Justice Bacon, Chancery Division, DBE
  • Russell Wallman – Chief Executive of the QCA
  • Andrew Walker QC – QCA Selection Panel
  • Claire Packman QC elect – 4 Pump Court (2020 silk)
  • Nichola Warrender QC elect – Quadrant Chambers (2020 silk)
  • Saima Hanif QC elect – 3 VB (2020 silk)
  • Clare Dixon QC elect – 4 New Square (2020 silk)
  • Myriam Stacey QC elect – Landmark Chambers (2020 silk)

We welcome all practitioners (barristers and solicitors) and practice managers. This includes more junior practitioners who want a better understanding of what the application and life in silk entails. Questions can be sent to the email address below and will be addressed by the panel.

This event is organised by the Equality and Diversity Sub-Committees of TECBAR, COMBAR and ChBA and has been generously supported by Gray’s Inn.

RSVP by email to paula@4pumpcourt.com


Commercial Court 125 seminar: 7 September 2020

The Commercial Court, as part of the celebration of the Court’s 125th Anniversary, will be presenting its first virtual seminar in collaboration with London International Disputes Week on 7 September 2020 from 1400-1730.

The seminar: “Year 126 and onwards: planning for the future of London’s Commercial Court” will reflect on key issues for the Court’s future: the lessons from the recent use of remote hearings, and new developments in both the Disclosure Pilot and the approach to witness statements. The event will be chaired by Lord Justice Flaux, Supervising Lord Justice for the Commercial Court, and each panel will include one of the Court’s judges as well as experts from the bar, solicitors, clients and academia.

You can register for the event at https://cc125seminar.opus2.com/register.

Annual Combar Lecture 2020

Combar is delighted to announce that Lord Hamblen JSC has kindly agreed to give its annual lecture for 2020, to be given on Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 6pm.  The title of the lecture is: “The Commercial Court – past, present and future”.

Due to covid restrictions, the lecture will be via zoom and Combar members will be sent login details nearer the time.