• Member services

    The Commercial Bar Association’s main functions for its members are:

    Representing the interests of the Commercial Bar as part of The Bar Council and The Bar Standards Board. We also liaise with other professional bodies in the UK and internationally, regarding the work of the Commercial Bar and its members.

    Promoting the reputation of the Commercial Bar as a provider of legal services to the international legal and business community and facilitating the development of relationships between COMBAR members and that community, in particular, through COMBAR’s International Committees in North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and off-shore.

    Responding to consultation papers issued by the UK Government, the Judiciary, the Law Commission, as well as European and other international organisations that shape law and practice, to ensure that the Commercial Bar’s interests are communicated and taken into account.

    Education COMBAR provides a wide variety of seminars, lectures and events. Most are accredited for CPD for NPP. 

  • Joining COMBAR

    Any practising barrister, whether employed or self-employed, who is regulated by the Bar Council and the BSB, and who pays subscription fees to the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and a substantial portion of whose work is in the commercial field, is eligible for individual membership for any period during which he or she is a subscribing member of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales. They may apply to the Secretary for membership, and shall become an Individual Member upon acceptance of such application and payment of the annual subscription.

    Any other barrister active in the commercial field, or any former barrister, and any individual who has been invited by the Chairman in consultation with the Executive Committee to become an Associate Member, may become an Associate Member upon payment of the annual subscription.

    Members (including Associate Members) who are not self-employed recognise that COMBAR may from time to time undertake activities of exclusive relevance to self-employed barristers practising in commercial law.

    Honorary Overseas Membership of COMBAR is offered on a selective basis to lawyers who are practising in the commercial field overseas and are invited by the Chair after consultation with the Vice Chair and the Chair of the International Committee to become an Honorary Overseas Member for a period of four years.

    Honorary Overseas Members will usually be practitioners who have been practising for more than ten years, specialising in commercial litigation or arbitration, well-established and with a good reputation in their jurisdiction.

    At the end of this four-year period such member may be invited by the Chair after consultation with the Executive and the International Committee to continue as an Honorary Overseas Member for a further period.  Such member may attend the Annual General Meeting, and may speak but not vote thereat.  Such member may, by invitation only, attend other meetings or committees of COMBAR, and may in respect thereof appoint at his/her discretion an alternate to attend, speak and vote on his/her behalf.

    We do not offer pupil or student membership.

    To apply for to join COMBAR, please send your CV and a short covering letter, by post or by email for consideration by the sub-committee. This can take several weeks or even months and your patience is appreciated. Individual membership of COMBAR is currently £205. A reduced rate of £184.50 per barrister is charged if a set of chambers has 10 or more barristers who are COMBAR members.

    All applications for membership should be sent or emailed to Veronica Kendall, Administrator, The Commercial Bar Association, 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, London WC1R 5NT. Email: admin@combar.com