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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

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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FSLA Junior Lawyers Drinks Reception

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6.00pm on Wednesday 30th October at The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas

FSLA will launch its series of 2019-2020 Junior Lawyer events by hosting a drinks reception at The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas at 6.00pm, Wednesday 30th October.

The evening promises to be a relaxed meeting space for FSLA’s junior lawyer members.

The event is open to all corporate, individual and student FSLA members. Should you wish to become a member of FSLA, please visit our membership page or email treasurer@fsla.org.uk

Please register for the event below.

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Winners of the 2019 FSLA Essay Competition

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The annual FSLA essay competition winners were announced last week at the summer drinks.

Congratulations to Georgina Riley, the winner of this year’s Chris Stallard Memorial Prize, she will receive a six-week internship with the FCA and £1,500.

Many congratulations also to second placed Liz Kwok, and third placed Fiona Garrahan.

Our judging panel of Professor Eva Lomnicka, Judge Tim Herrington and Sir Ross Cranston were very impressed with the high standard of all of the submissions 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. The essays have been anonymised as per their request and the order that they have been added does not reflect the results of the competition.

Essay 1
Essay 2
Essay 3

FSLA Summer Drinks And Essay Prize Giving

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6.30pm on Tuesday 11th June at Norton Rose Fulbright

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Norton Rose Fulbright, we invite you to attend the prize giving for the annual essay competition followed by summer drinks, which (weather allowing) will be on Norton Rose Fulbright’s rooftop terrace overlooking the Thames.

The event takes place on 11 June 2019 at Norton Rose Fulbright from 6:30 p.m. with a short introductory talk on regulatory developments followed by prize-giving at 7 p.m.

The title of the essay competition is ““Senior people somehow manage to keep their fingerprints off the relevant documents”Is there now a fair and effective system of accountability for senior people in the financial services industry?” The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is a six-week internship with the FCA and £1,500. The runner up prize is £750. Third prize is £500.

FSLA is very grateful to the panel of judges for considering the entrants for this years competition, Professor Eva Lomnicka, Sir Ross Cranston and Upper Tribunal Judge Herrington.

We hope to see you on the 11 June 2019, please register below.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2019

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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:

Senior people somehow manage to keep their fingerprints off the relevant documents

Is there now a fair and effective system of accountability for senior people in the financial services industry?

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 Tuesday 16 April 2019 to essay@fsla.org.uk.

Prizes will be presented on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at a reception generously hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is a six-week internship with the FCA and £1,500. 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 2019 Rules

EMIR margin rules for uncleared OTC derivatives – A FSLA and Allen & Overy panel event, 27 September 2017

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Allen & Overy (A&O) would like to invite you to attend an evening panel event on Wednesday 27th September, 6.00pm, to be followed by canapés and drinks.

Paul Cluley (Partner, A&O) will chair a panel comprising Heather Pilley (Markets Policy, FCA), Tom Roberts (Partner, A&O), Shalini Sharma (Managing Legal Counsel, NatWest Markets) and Simon Wayne (Senior Managing Lawyer, Insight Investment) to discuss the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) rules which came into effect from 4 February 2017 requiring in-scope counterparties to exchange margin on OTC derivatives that are not cleared through a central counterparty (CCP).

The panel will discuss differences in regulatory regimes and approaches to implementation, substituted compliance, sell-side, buy-side and law firm challenges and experiences, key areas of legal uncertainty and future developments as well as other related topics. The event will close with a Q&A over canapés and drinks.

The event will be held at Allen & Overy’s offices: Bishops Square, London E1 6AD.
Registration will be from 6pm with the event starting at 6.30pm.

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FSLA Essay Competition 2017

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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:

‘Higher penalties do not mean better behaviour. Discuss.’

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

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The full competitions rules can be found here: FSLA Essay Competition 2017 Rules

Please submit your essay before Sunday 6th August 2017 to fslalondon@gmail.com

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is £1,000 plus a six week internship at the FCA!
The runner up prize is £500. Third prize is £250.

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

Trends in Enforcement – A Blackstone Chambers & FSLA Seminar, 8th March 2016

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Blackstone Chambers and the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) would like to invite you to attend an evening seminar on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 6-8pm, to be followed by a drinks reception.

The seminar will be chaired by Charles Flint QC of Blackstone Chambers and will include presentations from a panel comprising:

  • Caroline Binham, Financial Regulation Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Simon Dodds, Deputy General Counsel, Deutsche Bank
  • Javan Herberg QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Gareth Rees, Executive Counsel, Financial Reporting Council
  • Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority

During the 90 minute CPD accredited seminar, the speakers will explain the latest thinking on how to tackle some of the most difficult issues in enforcement disputes.

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.

Space is limited, so to reserve your place online here or by emailing treasurer@fsla.org.uk.

 

Annual Summer drinks & Prize Giving – June 5th

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association would like to invite you to our annual summer drinks and prize giving, hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright. The event will be open to all FSLA members and will serve as an opportunity to award prizes for our 2015 student essay competition judged by Eva Lomnicka, Justice Cranston and Tim Herrington.

Please register your interest below and we would kindly ask you to let us know should you no longer be able to attend.

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