Black Inclusion Group Report-Launch Event 5th December 2022

Combar, TecBar, and the ChBA will be holding an event to launch the report of the Black Inclusion Group, which will take place in the Large Pension Room at Gray’s Inn at 6pm on Monday 5 December 2022.

The Black Inclusion Group cross-SBA working group, was jointly set up by ChBA, Combar and TecBar to investigate and issue an advisory report with recommendations on enhancing outreach to and recruitment, retention, and progression of ethnic minority barristers, with a focus on Black (African and African Caribbean and mixed heritage) barristers in the Commercial, Chancery and Technology and Construction Bar.

At the event on 5th December, we propose to discuss the findings of the Black Inclusion Group as well as outlining some of the initiatives that the SBAs have been undertaking to tackle the equalities addressed in their Report.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing:

20th October – “Offshore: everything an English barrister needs to know about the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda, but is too afraid to ask” Alex Potts KC, Rosalind Nicholson and Matthew Hardwick KC

Alex Potts KC, Rosalind Nicholson and Matthew Hardwick KC will give a presentation, followed by a discussion.

The event will be hosted online at 5.30pm UK time and a link will be circulated to the membership closer to the event.  Members do not need to register their attendance.

COMBAR Annual Lecture 2022

The Annual Lecture will be delivered by

The Chancellor of the High Court, The Rt. Hon. Sir Julian Flaux PC 

on Wednesday 16th November at 5.30pm, Gray’s Inn Hall

“Is commercial litigation going green? 

Environmental and greenwashing claims and how they will shape the law.”

Wine will be served after the lecture –  All welcome

The lecture is now oversubscribed to be added to the reserve list, please email


“The new Witness Statement rules – The highs and lows, one year on”, 29 June 2022, 6.30pm at Hogan Lovells LLP

This is a Junior COMBAR Joint Event with the Junior LSLA and a brilliant opportunity to network (in person finally) with the next generation of civil litigators in the City says Junior COMBAR Chair Kira King.

Tickets are £10 and available for purchase on the LSLA website. See link below: 

6:00 pm registration for a 6:30 pm start
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Pupils welcome.



A lecture in memory of Edmund King QC, 8 March 2022

COMBAR is pleased to announce that on 8 March 2022, at 5.30 p.m. in the Ashworth Theatre, Lincoln’s Inn, Mr Justice Foxton will deliver a lecture in memory of Edmund King QC. Edmund was a distinguished member of Essex Court Chambers and of COMBAR who died in December 2020; he is much missed. The title of the lecture will be “What did the French ever do for us? Historic and prospective French influences on English law.” The lecture will be live streamed but it will also be possible for members of COMBAR to attend in person, and we anticipate that many will wish to do so. Please indicate your intention to attend by registering at