About us

The LCLCBA dates back to 1965 and is now one of the largest of the Specialist Bar Associations with a current membership of approximately 1,500 barristers.

LCLCBA membership is open to any member of the Bar of England & Wales whose practice is predominantly civil law within the High Court, including the Commercial Court, the County Court and/or tribunals in and around London. The Association represents the interests of members whose practices range from general common law to purely commercial work, as well as those who specialise in such diverse areas as construction, personal injury, professional negligence, employment, revenue, defamation, environmental, competition and EU law. Because of our broadly-based and large membership, the Association is in a strong position to protect and advance the interests of our members and to influence developments in civil law and practice.

The current Chair is Brie Stevens-Hoare QC (Hardwicke) and the Vice Chair is Laurie West-Knights QC (Hailsham Chambers). For more information on the Officers and Committee, see elsewhere under this tab.

The LCLCBA represents our members’ interests on the Bar Council; produces papers and consultation responses for and to the Bar Council, the Law Commission, the Bar Standards Board and the Ministry of Justice on matters of substantive and procedural law and issues affecting LCLCBA members; organises regular seminars and lectures on topics of interest/concern to our members and liaises with other specialist bar associations and the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association. We maintain this site on a, where relevant, daily basis with full details of all activities: future seminar dates, past seminar papers and videos, accounts, committee minutes, current officers and committee members, the Essay Competition etc.

For details, and results, of the annual Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay competition, see under its dedicated tab.

We also run Schemes relating to arbitration and professional conduct and participate in the Bar Council’s/SBAs’ joint international professional development programme. See more under the Schemes tab.

The Association from time to time holds seminars catering exclusively for members under 7 years’ call.

Any questions about this site, please email webmaster@lclcba.com.