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2015 Essay Competition Rules

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1. Essays must be submitted by midnight GMT on Friday 1 May 2015 to treasurer@fsla.org.uk with ‘Essay 2015” in the subject line. No entries after this date will be accepted for the competition. The organisers accept no responsibility for delivery or for subsequent safekeeping of any essay entered for the competition.

2. The essay competition is open to all:

  • Individuals who are studying as under- or post-graduate students in any legal discipline registered with a UK educational institution, or who completed such study on or after 1 March 2012;
  • Trainee solicitors; and
  • Pupil barristers.

3. Only one entry per person will be allowed.

4. The essay must be the sole creation and original work of that person. No previously published work will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. All essays submitted will be closely checked for plagiarism.

5. The judges’ decisions on any awarding of any prize in the competition will be final and is not subject to any appeal. Essays will be judged on the quality of legal analysis, and not on judges’ views as to the merits of the wider issue.

6. Any essay submitted should conform to the following rules as to content, length and style:

  • The essay should begin with a cover page stipulating the author’s full name, address, contact details (including email address), details of student, trainee solicitor or pupil barrister status including name of relevant organisation. No essay should thereafter contain the author’s name in either header or footer text within the essay.
  • Essays should not be longer than 1,500 words including footnotes.
  • Essays should contain page numbers.
  • Any cases or statutes referred to in any essay should be fully cited the first time that they are used.

7. First prize is £1,500 and a six-week legal internship at the Financial Services Authority or with its successor the Financial Conduct Authority. Second prize is £500. Third prize is £250. FSLA reserves the right to substitute any prize for another within their absolute discretion without notice. FSLA reserves the right to withhold the award of any or all prizes offered if in their absolute discretion if no essay entered warrants the award of any or all prize(s). Taking up of the legal internship will be subject to FCA approval, which may require the provision of personal information to the FCA and agreement to undergo security checks. If the first prize-winner is unable or chooses not to take up the legal internship there will be no substitute for this prize and it may, at FSLA’s discretion, be offered to the other prize-winners in turn.

8. FSLA reserves the right to reproduce any or all of any essay entered for the competition. In reproducing any essay FSLA reserves the right to omit alter paraphrase or delete any part of that essay in their absolute discretion for any reason.

FSLA 2015 Student Essay Competition

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) is pleased to announce the title of its annual student essay competition.

Competition vs Regulation: Could there come a time when truly competitive markets no longer need FCA rules?

This competition aims to provide a platform for students and trainee practitioners (trainee solicitors and pupils) to research and discuss a topic under legal and policy debate in the industry.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words and submitted before Friday 1 May 2015 to treasurer@fsla.org.uk marked ‘Essay Competition 2015’. Please read the full competition rules here.

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (First Prize) is £1,500 plus a six week internship at the FCA (two weeks with the Regulatory Decisions Committee, two weeks with the Enforcement Division, and two weeks with the General Counsel’s Division). Second prize is £500. Third prize is £250.

Entrants need not be FSLA members, although students are entitled to free FSLA membership. To join, please email treasurer@fsla.org.uk.

Workshops: MiFID II – An Industry Perspective and Key Themes. 11 November 2014

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FSLA is pleased to announce our workshops event which will be held in the offices of  Arnold & Porter LLP on November 11th from 1:30 – 6pm.

Event Details

The first in our series of MIFID 2 workshops considering key themes in the new legislation. This workshop will focus on issues the industry see as likely to be particularly relevant in the legislation.

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Winners of the 2014 Student Essay Competition Announced

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We are very happy to announce the winners of the 2014 student essay competition, the title of which was:

‘Pay day’ lenders charging 1000% interest are best controlled by competition not regulation: discuss.

First Place goes to Ryan Byrne, who is awarded a £1500 cash prize and a summer internship at the FCA. Congratulations to Ryan.

Second place goes to Kristine Kozicki and third place to Adam Grant, who are awarded £500 and £250 cash prizes respectively.

We received some very strong submissions this year so we would like to say thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners.

FSLA Summer Drinks & Prize Giving, 25th June 2014

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FSLA thanks Norton Rose Fulbright for again hosting its annual summer drinks event on their Terrace Suite on Wednesday 25th June 2014.

The event will be open to all FSLA members and will serve as an opportunity to award prizes for our 2014 student essay competition, the title of which was:

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Trends in Enforcement – a Blackstone Chambers/FSLA evening seminar

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Blackstone Chambers and the Financial Services Lawyers Association would like to invite you to attend an evening seminar on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 6-8pm. The seminar will be chaired by Charles Flint QC of Blackstone Chambers and will include presentations from a panel comprising:

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FSLA 2014 Student Essay Competition

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The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) is pleased to announce the title of its annual student essay competition.

This competition aims to provide a platform for students and trainee practitioners (trainee solicitors and pupils) to research and discuss a topic under legal and policy debate in the industry.

‘Pay day’ lenders charging 1000% interest are best controlled by competition not regulation: discuss.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. For the full rules please click FSLA-Essay-Competition-Rules-2014,

Please submit your essay before Friday 07 March 2014 to treasurer@fsla.org.uk with ‘Essay Competition 2014’ included in the subject.

The competition will be judged by: Tim Herrington, Mr Justice Cranston and Professor Eva Lomnicka

The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (First Prize) is £1,500 plus a six week internship at the FCA (two weeks with the Regulatory Decisions Committee, two weeks with the Enforcement Division, and two weeks with the General Counsel’s Division). Second prize is £500. Third prize is £250.

Entrants need not be FSLA members, although students are entitled to free FSLA membership. To join, please email treasurer@fsla.org.uk

FSLA Jnr Lawyers Drinks Reception, Wednesday 18th December 2013

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In conjunction with Steinbach & Syer, FSLA will launch its series of 2014 Jnr Lawyer events by hosting a drinks reception at their gallery space at 6.30pm, Wednesday 18th December. FSLA is also pleased to invite Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation which provides aspiring solicitors with free academic and careers advice.

The event will be held in the showrooms of Steinbach & Syer, an art agency concerned with promoting and selling the work of London’s most exciting emerging artists. The evening promises to be a relaxed meeting space for FSLA’s junior practioners and student members.

To attend, please register for the event at the following link here.

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

To learn more about the Aspiring Solicitors join Aspiring Solicitors on Facebook.
Steinbach & Syer – http://www.steinbachandsyer.co.uk
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FSLA & Social Mobility Foundation Charity Dinner – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Thursday 30th January 2014

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FSLA is pleased to announce that it will host a charity dinner in aid of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) to take place on the evening of 30th January 2014 at One Moorgate Place, London.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will give the keynote speech this year.

The cost of a table seating 10 is £2500. All proceeds will go to the SMF.

If your firm is interested in attending please contact Farhaz Khan (Farhaz.khan@outertemple.com)

About The SMF

The SMF exists to support high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds into the top universities and professions. We do this by providing a holistic programme of support encompassing internships, mentoring, university application support and skills development.

For more information about the SMF please go to http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/.

The inaugural charity dinner

Nick Clegg, MP, Deputy Prime Minister, gave the keynote speech at the inaugral FSLA/SMF charity dinner, which was attended by a select number of FSLA corporate members including Berwin Leighton Peisner, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May, and 3 Verulam Buildings, Blackstone Chambers and Outer Temple Chambers. It was also attended by senior lawyers from the Bank of England, the FSA and a number of banks. The event raised over £17,000 for the SMF.

For more information about the event go to http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/news/fsla-charity-dinner-17000-raised-for-the-smf/ .