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Enforcement trends: an international perspective – a FSLA and XXIV Old Buildings panel discussion

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A FSLA and XXIV Old Buildings online panel event on Friday 29 July from 1pm to 2.30pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and XXIV Old Buildings, we invite our members to attend a panel event discussing enforcement trends from an international perspective.

We are delighted to welcome our panel:

  • Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Fiona Paddon, Associate Director, Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Aki Corsoni-Husain, Partner, Harneys, London
  • David Brownbill QC, XXIV Old Buildings
  • Oliver Assersohn, XXIV Old Buildings

The event will take place online on Friday 29 July starting at 1pm. If you wish to attend, please register via the link below.

We look forward to welcoming you on 29 July.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2022

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The competition is now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries.

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

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

Laundromat, police state or somewhere in between: has the correct balance been struck between anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, and anti-corruption aims on the one hand and the benefits of free enterprise and a global financial market on the other?
If not, explain one legislative or regulatory change which could make a significant difference.

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 on the FSLA website through the link below.

Please submit your essay by Friday 15 July 2022 to

Prizes will be presented at a reception hosted on a date to be confirmed.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is £1,500 and an internship with the FCA.

The runner up prize is £750. Third prize is £500.

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

FSLA Essay Competition 2022 Rules

Advocacy at the Upper Tribunal – a FSLA and Herbert Smith Freehills panel event

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A FSLA and Herbert Smith Freehills panel event on Thursday 23rd June at 6:45pm hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills and online

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), we invite our members to attend a panel event on advocacy at the Upper Tribunal, chaired by Chris Ninan and Natasha Stevens from HSF.

We are delighted to welcome:

  • Judge Timothy Herrington, Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery Chamber)
  • Saima Hanif QC, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Farhaz Khan QC, 3 Verulam Buildings

to our panel to discuss experience and strategies from both perspectives.

Following the panel discussion, we hope you will join us and the panellists for a drinks reception.

The event will take place at HSF’s offices (Exchange House, Primrose Street, EC2A 2EG) on Thursday 23 June. Registration will be open from 6:30pm and the panel discussion will start at 6:45pm, followed by drinks at 7:45pm. This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

We are happy to confirm that the event will still be going ahead in person. However, noting the planned train strikes, the event will now also be available to join remotely.

If you wish to attend online, please register via the link below. If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you on 23 June.

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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)