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and regulation and to socialise with peers.

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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 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 essay@fsla.org.uk.

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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FSLA Christmas Drinks 2019

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6pm onwards on Tuesday 17th December at the Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall

The Board and ExCo of the FSLA invite all members to the FSLA annual Christmas Drinks Party which this year is taking place in the Library of the Reform Club at 104 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5EW. The Reform Club is one of the finest Victorian buildings in the country, a palatial masterpiece by Sir Charles Barry that has remained largely unchanged since it was completed as a political club for supporters of the Great Reform Bill in 1832 which enlarged the franchise and granted seats in Parliament to large cities. The club is now apolitical, but given its historic origins and the fact of a General Election due to be held on 12th December, the ExCo considered it to be an apt venue for this year’s Christmas party.

For a map see https://www.reformclub.com/home/contact

If you are not a member of FSLA but would like to attend the event please email treasurer@fsla.org.uk to join.

You can register at the link below.

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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)