North America

North America Committee

Fionn Pilbrow QC (Brick Court Chambers) – Chair
Emily Wood (Essex Court Chambers)

North American Meeting 2022, Florence, Italy

The North American Meeting will be going ahead in Florence on Wednesday, 1st June (Welcome Reception) and meeting on, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022. The Meeting will end with a gala dinner on the Friday. This event is for COMBAR members only.

As well as a drinks reception in the stunning Palazzo Gondi and the usual array of presentations, the Thursday will feature a special a special panel event. Three current or former Commercial Court judges – Lord Hamblen (Justice of the Supreme Court), Sir Julian Flaux (Chancellor of the High Court and the Supervising Lord Justice of the Commercial Court) and Mrs Justice Cockerill (Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court) – will give us the benefit of their collective (and substantial) experience, and speak on advocacy in the Commercial Court – and in commercial litigation at all levels of the judicial system more generally. They will also be joined by some of our Honorary Overseas Members to reflect upon similarities / differences in practice, and in what constitutes effective advocacy in commercial litigation, from a North American perspective meeting.

The Friday will, as has become customary, contain an entertaining morning programme, which will feature a talk from Professor Sir Andrew Likierman – Wikipedia  on judgment. The afternoon will be free for people to enjoy the delights of Florence, and then the Meeting will be rounded off with a splendid gala dinner in the evening at the fabulous Villa Il Garofalo. We very much hope, and indeed expect, that the meeting will provide COMBAR members, as it always does, with a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow members and engage in interesting and lively debates on a number of commercial law related topics.

We have negotiated a roll-over with the same hotel in Florence. As such, all those with rooms already reserved at the Hotel Westin will have those bookings automatically rolled over (and do not need to do anything).

The deadline for reserving an hotel room at The Westin Hotel, is Tuesday 15 March 2022. Please make your booking directly with the hotel using this link  to get the special group rate. Please note that a 1 night non-refundable deposit will be charged to all the active reservations on the credit card number provided at the time of booking. Full details about the cancellation policy can be found when you click on the hotel  reservation form link.

In the event that there is anyone with an existing booking who does not want to roll it over, please contact us so that it can be dealt with through COMBAR – please get In touch with Veronica ( ) and/or Alison ( ).

Registration Form

Registrations are now open. Here is the link to the registration form. Payment by credit card can be made using the links provided on the same form. Please note we are unable to accept any payments by cheque.

It would be unfair if we did not acknowledge that there are currently restrictions in place in Italy, but we are very hopeful that they will have eased by the time of the North American Meeting in June. Please see here for UK government travel advice. There are also passport rules for travel to Europe. Find out if you need to renew your passport before you travel to Europe. See link here

Cancellation of registration: In previous years, COMBAR has given a full refund upon cancellation, and absorbed any costs incurred as a result of a member being unable to attend.  COMBAR understands why cancellations may be necessary, and does not wish to impose a cancellation fee unnecessarily.  However, due to the significant costs which can be incurred when late cancellations take place shortly before the meeting, COMBAR reserves the right, when giving a refund for a cancellation which takes place within 2 weeks of the start of the meeting, to make a deduction for the costs incurred by COMBAR as a result of the cancellation.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend and enjoy the numerous sessions that are currently being planned to make this long awaited North American Meeting a truly special event. If you would be interested in speaking at the conference, please let me know.

Fionn Pilbrow QC
Chair, North American Committee