The Combar Gulf Committee was established in 2021 to develop the links which already exist between the English and Welsh commercial and arbitration bar and the legal community in the Gulf States.

2nd Gulf Meeting in Dubai – February 2024

The 2nd Gulf Round table will be held in Dubai on Thursday 29th February 2024 at the Capital Club.  We are pleased to announce that Justice Michael Black, a DIFC Judge in the Court of Appeal and Judge in Charge of the Digital Economy Court (DEC) has agreed to be our guest of honour.

The meeting will follow a similar format to the successful inaugural event held in February 2023, which involved an afternoon of panel sessions, with speakers from a range of jurisdictions, followed by drinks. The programme may be found here.

Registration is now open.  To request a registration form, please email

Juniors are encouraged to attend and those under 7 years are encouraged to investigate the Young Barristers’ Committees’ International Grant Programme, which offers to pay two thirds of Juniors’ total attendance costs.

For any administrative questions please email:

Inaugural Gulf Meeting in Dubai – February 2023

The inaugural COMBAR Gulf Meeting took place in Dubai, on Thursday 23 February 2023.  It was hosted at The Capital Club in the DIFC and was generously sponsored by FTI Consulting.

The meeting involved an afternoon of seminars, with an emphasis on collegiate discussion between professionals across a number of jurisdictions, followed by a drinks reception in the evening.  The programme may be found here.

Anyone wishing to make contact with the Gulf Committee or to find out more about its work is invited to contact the Combar Administrator or the Chair, George Spalton KC (4 New Square).