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.

Details may be found below for our inaugural roundtable conference in Dubai in February 2023, which we hope to develop into an annual event. We will invite leading practitioners from the region to attend, in addition to guest speakers from England and Wales. In future years, we intend to hold events in other major cities in the Gulf.

Inaugural Gulf Meeting in Dubai – February 2023

The Gulf Committee is pleased to announce that the COMBAR Gulf Meeting will take place in Dubai, on Thursday 23 February 2023.  The conference itself will be hosted at The Capital Club in the DIFC and is generously sponsored by FTI Consulting.

The meeting will involve 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.

The event is now at full  subscribed, but if you are still interested in attending a reserve list is being run, to request a registration form please contact the Combar Administrator on, please let her know if you are a Member or an Honorary Overseas Member.

Junior barristers are encouraged to attend and COMBAR is supporting the Bar Council International professional and legal development grant program.  The scheme offers funding and “enables junior barristers to take part in initiatives which will offer them a global perspective on legal issues and help them to thrive in an increasingly competitive legal market”.

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).