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Essay Competition 2023: Winners

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Winners of the FSLA Essay Competition 2023

We are delighted to announce the winners of the FSLA Essay Competition 2023.  The title was: “Can the risks and opportunities of AI in financial services be managed by fine-tuning existing regulation, or is a new approach required?“ 

Congratulations to Ella Higgs-Sharrock, our first placed essayist and winner of the Chris Stallard Memorial Prize.  Ella will receive £1,500 and a legal internship with the FCA.

Many congratulations also to second placed Francesca Jackson (winning £750), and third placed Hubert Florianczyk (winning £500).

We are grateful to our esteemed judging panel, (Professor Eva Lomnicka KC (hon), recently retired Upper Tribunal Judge Tim Herrington, and Tracey McDermott, CBE (Group Head of Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance at Standard Chartered)), who were impressed with the standard of entries across the board. 

FSLA is grateful to all of the individuals who entered their work.

The top three essays are available to read at the links below, with thanks to our winners who allowed us to share them.

100 days of the Consumer Duty

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FSLA panel discussion at Fox Williams on Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 6:30pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), we invite you to attend a panel event which seeks to examine and reflect on the first 100 days of the FCA’s new Consumer Duty – a duty which signals a significant shift in the FCA’s expectations and seeks to impose higher and clearer standards for consumer protection across financial services and requires firms to act to deliver good outcomes for customers.

The panel shall examine the success stories and challenges faced by firms and practitioners tasked with delivering the Consumer Duty and offer some lessons learned for the future.   

The event panel will include:

  • Peter Finch – Partner in the Financial Services and FinTech team at Fox Williams LLP  
  • Rebecca Irving – Head of Regulatory Legal, Close Brothers Bank and formerly of the FCA
  • Mark Turner – Head of Regulatory Consulting, Kroll

The discussion will be followed by a networking event which is open to all attendees.  

The event will be hosted at Fox Williams LLP at 10 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AF.  

You can register to attend the event at the link below. Please do not register again if you have registered before.

Registration will be open from 6pm and the panel discussion will start at 6:30pm.
If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at

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Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets

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Tuesday 24 October 2023 at 5.45pm

Taking place at Taylor Wessing LLP, 5 New St Square, London EC4A 3TW

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), Taylor Wessing LLP and Outer Temple Chambers would like to invite you to attend our in-person event on Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets to held on Tuesday, 24 October 2023 from 5.45pm to 8pm.

The panel event will feature the following speakers:

  • Victoria McLoughlin, Interim Head of Digital Assets Department at the Financial Conduct Authority 
  • Charlotte Hill, Partner and Head of Financial Services Regulation and Fintech at Taylor Wessing LLP 
  • Justina Stewart, Barrister at Outer Temple Chambers 
  • Ijeoma Okoli, Co-Director at the Digital Economy Initiative and Strategic Adviser, Digital Assets

The 1 hour event will focus on the latest developments, future trends and areas of concern in the fast-evolving and increasingly topical field of cryptoasset regulation. We expect that it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 7.30pm and shall be held pursuant to the Chatham House Rule.  

Venue: Taylor Wessing LLP, 5 New St Square, London EC4A 3TW

Date:    Tuesday 24 October 2023

Time:     5.45pm – Registration

               6.15pm – Introduction, panel discussion and Q&A

               7.30pm – Drinks 

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(Barack Obama, at the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act)