About Us

The Commercial Litigation Association (www.comlit.co.uk) has been in existence for 10 years and has a database of over 6,000 litigators working in private practice in England & Wales.It is the only national group representing the entire dispute resolution sector.

Aims of association

1. To champion the cause of all who are involved in the practice and business of commercial dispute resolution in its broadest sense and from every walk of professional life whether Judge, Solicitor or barrister, trainee or pupil, academic or litigation funder.

2. To keep the interests of our members uppermost in promoting best practice and providing training of the highest quality and relevance.

3. To develop a strong national and international network by representing the interests of commercial litigators with valuable networking opportunities both nationally and internationally.

4. Amongst other aims, to reject the underfunding of the civil justice system and assert the need for the investment of court fees in the civil justice system.

The Association runs both short networking events around the country and larger, typically all-day, conferences in London a couple of times a year. Details of previous events can be found on the Association website: http://www.comlit.co.uk/events.php

CLA Steering Group

Luke Harrison, Chairman

Debenhams Ottaway, St Albans

Partner, Commercial Litigation

Mark Beaumont, CLA Membership & Events

Annecto Legal Ltd, London

Co-Founder, Commercial litigation funding & ATE insurance

David Foster, Member

Barlow Robbins, Guildford

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Chris Lucarelli

Trinity Chambers, Newcastle

Business Development & Marketing Manager

David Chalk

University of Winchester

Professor of Law

Derek Jenkins

St John’s Chambers, Bristol

Chief Executive

Gillian Buchanan

Thorntons, Dundee


Imogen Randall

Freeths, Leeds/London


Jeff Lewis

Brabners, Manchester

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Janine Alexander

Collyer Bristow, London

Partner, Banking and Financial Disputes


James Fairbairn

Dentons, Milton Keynes


Jonathan Forrester

Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Belfast

Managing Director

Sam Roberts

Cooke Young & Keidan, London

Associate, Commercial Litigation

Alexandra Carr

Howard Kennedy LLP, London


Beverley Barton

Thomson Reuters, London

Senior Editor, Practical Law Dispute Resolution