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Core Elements of Financial Services Regulation – Training Session with Herbert Smith Freehills

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An online event at 6:00pm on Tuesday 9th March

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Herbert Smith Freehills, we invite our members to attend a training session on the core elements of financial services regulation led by FSLA Advisory Board member and HSF Partner Chris Ninan. The talk will take place online on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

The event is open to all but would be most beneficial to our junior members who have less than 5 years’ experience as the session will be going back to basics, stopping to consider why regulation is so critical and introducing the UK’s regulatory structure and legislation. We will also discuss the importance of good governance, individual accountability and culture within firms. Looking ahead, we will examine some of the most pressing areas of focus for the financial services industry in 2021.

If you wish to attend please register on the link below. Once registered you will be sent a link to attend the online event a few days beforehand.

We look forward to seeing you on 9 March.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2020

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association is pleased to announce its annual essay competition.

The Essay Competition is now closed – Thank you to all those who entered, we will be in touch regarding the prize giving in the near future.

The title for this year’s competition is as follows:

Facebook (and other private companies) are better placed than central banks to issue and maintain stable currencies.”  Discuss

The purpose of the essay is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their studies to issues that are of particular relevance to the financial services industry and wider society.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The full competitions rules can be found at the link below.

Please submit your essay by Sunday 10 January 2021 to

We hope to present the prizes in early Spring 2021 at a reception attended by our members and the judges.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is £2,000. The runner up prize is £1,250. Third prize is £1,000.

Entrants are not required to be FSLA members, though free membership is offered to all law students.

FSLA Essay Competition 2020 Rules

Trends in Enforcement – A FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Seminar

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6pm on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Royal Society of Arts

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Blackstone Chambers, we would like to invite you to attend our annual ‘Trends in Enforcement’ seminar on Tuesday 3 March, 6-8pm, to be followed by a drinks reception. The panel will be chaired by Javan Herberg QC, Blackstone Chambers, and will include:

  • Andrew George QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Ali Sallaway, Partner and Co-head of Global Investigations Practice, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Caroline Wayman, Chief Ombudsman and Chief Executive, Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Tom Spender, General Counsel, Litigation, Regulatory and Competition, Lloyds Banking Group

During the 90 minute seminar, the speakers will discuss the latest thinking on how to tackle some of the most difficult enforcement issues facing those working in the financial services sector. The seminar is being held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ.

Registration will be from 6pm with the talks starting promptly at 6.30pm. We very much hope that you will also be able to join members of Blackstone Chambers for a drinks reception after the seminar.

We look forward to seeing you on 3 March.

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“In the end, our financial system only works – our market is only free – when there are clear rules and basic safeguards that prevent abuse, that check excess, that ensure that it is more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system. And that’s what these reforms are designed to achieve – no more, no less. Because that’s how we will ensure that our economy works for consumers, that it works for investors, that it works for financial institutions – that it works for all of us.”

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