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Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets

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A FSLA and Taylor Wessing Webinar from 5.45pm to 7pm on Thursday 7th October

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Taylor Wessing LLP we would like to invite you to attend our event on Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets, which will be run as a webinar on Thursday, 7 October 2021, from 5.45pm to 7pm.

The panel event will chaired by Charlotte Hill, head of Taylor Wessing’s UK Financial Services Regulatory group and will feature the following speakers:

  • Katie Fry-Paul, Associate at Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Richard Fox, Head of Markets Policy at the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Andrew Spink QC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Jannah Patchay, Director and Founder of Markets Evolution. 

The 1 hour webinar will focus on the latest developments, future trends and areas of concern in the fast evolving and increasingly important field of crypto-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 7pm. The event shall be held pursuant to the Chatham House Rule.

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FSLA Summer Drinks and Essay Prize Giving

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Join us for our annual drinks at 6pm on 20th July at Middle Temple Gardens

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association, we invite you to attend a summer drinks party in Middle Temple Gardens where we shall also carry out the prize giving for the annual essay competition.

The drinks are an opportunity to re-connect with friends and colleagues after what will in many cases be a long absence. The drinks are outdoors (but with space indoors in the event of rain) and therefore we hope all our members will feel comfortable attending.

Since we expect most people will be attending from home rather than from the office please feel free to dress for a summer garden party rather than for the office!

We have booked the gardens for 20th July 2021 from 6pm with the prize-giving at 6.30pm. We look forward to seeing our members in person after a year of online events.

The title of the essay competition was “Facebook (and other private companies) are better placed than central banks to issue and maintain stable currencies.” Discuss. The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) was awarded to William Wong, with Vibudha Hebballi and Constantine Fraser in second and third place. Their entries may be viewed here.

FSLA is very grateful to the panel of judges for considering the huge number of entries in this year’s competition, Professor Eva Lomnicka, Sir William Blair QC and Upper Tribunal Judge Herrington.

Please note the event may still be cancelled due to government COVID announcements expected prior to 20th July.

If you are able to attend the drinks, please register below.

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Winners of the FSLA Essay Competition 2020

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We are delighted to announce the winners in FSLA’s annual essay competition, with this year’s competition receiving one of our largest number of entries ever.

Congratulations to William Wong, the winner of this year’s Chris Stallard Memorial Prize, who will receive £2,000.

Many congratulations also to second placed Vibudha Hebballi, and third placed Constantine Fraser.

Our judging panel of Professor Eva Lomnicka QC (hon), Upper Tribunal Judge Tim Herrington, and Sir William Blair QC were very impressed by the standard of all our entries this year.

FSLA is very grateful to all of the individuals who entered their work, as well as to the judging panel who reviewed all of the entries before selecting our worthy winner.

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

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