The majority of FSLA members are practitioners in the financial services
sector. Here are some things we do that will be of interest to you:

FSLA Work and Social Events

Financial services law practitioners can find details of events directly relevant to their work on our events pages. Please also check these pages for information about social events such as our Christmas and Summer drinks.

FSLA Pro Bono

FSLA operates a pro bono scheme which provides legal representation (experienced solicitors and barristers from amongst our members) for individuals and firms due to appear before either the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FCA or the Upper Tribunal.

FSLA Social Mobility Scheme

In conjunction with the Social Mobility Fund (SMF), FSLA members host A-level students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are performing well academically and have an interest in law. The students spend time in the High Court, chambers and law firms.

FSLA Publications

FSLA contributes a quarterly article by a member or members in the Butterworth’s Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL) called ‘FSLA View’. Members are encouraged to contribute articles and should contact the Executive Committee with proposed topics.

What can ED&I deliver for financial services?

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A FSLA panel discussion at Travers Smith LLP on Thursday 23 May 2024 at 6:30pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), we invite you to attend a panel event which seeks to examine the impact that equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) initiatives can have on financial services, and the advisors which service the sector.

We are grateful to the experts who will contribute to the event, including:

Sophie Hulm – CEO, Progress Together 

Progress Together is a not-for-profit membership body which aims to create equity of progression for individuals in the financial services sector, levelling the playing field and ensuring equal access to senior level roles for all, regardless of socio-economic background.

Sarah Minor-Massy – Director – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, PwC

Sarah Minor-Massy is a trained behavioural scientist with 15+ years of management consulting experience. Sarah helps clients to refine their understanding of their current DE&I challenges, and develop DE&I strategies that are aligned with overall business strategy. Sarah has extensive experience in inclusive leadership development, working with leaders to deepen their understanding of DE&I, connect to the topic on a personal level, increase their confidence and competence to engage with stakeholders, and role model inclusion throughout their organisation.

Rupert Allen – Barrister, Fountain Court

Rupert has a broad commercial and civil practice, and frequently acts for and against regulators in professional disciplinary and regulatory investigations (particularly in relation to solicitors, accountants and matters concerning financial services), including where there are allegations of discrimination and/or offensive communications.    

Natalie Lewis – Partner, Travers Smith LLP

Natalie leads the Fintech, Market Infrastructure and Payments Group at Travers Smith, and is the executive sponsor of the firm’s Gender Balance Group.

Michael Raymond – Partner, Travers Smith LLP

Michael is a partner in the Financial Services and Markets Group at Travers Smith, and an active member of the firm’s LGBTQ+ Group.

A panel discussion will be followed by networking drinks and is open to any lawyers with an interest in financial services and/or ED&I within financial services (including students, private practice lawyers and in-house lawyers).  The event is not restricted to FSLA members.

The event will be hosted by Travers Smith at their offices at 10 Snow Hill, London EC1A 2AL.

The event will start at 6pm and the panel discussion will start at 6:30pm.

You can register to attend at this link.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you on 23 May 2024.

FSLA – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Trends in Enforcement Seminar

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The annual FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Seminar at RSA House on Thursday 23 February 2023 at 6:00pm

Blackstone Chambers, together with the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), is hosting its annual ‘Trends in Enforcement‘ seminar on Thursday, 23 February.

The seminar will comprise a panel chaired by Javan Herberg KC, Blackstone Chambers, and will also feature Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority, Daniel Chumbley, Head of Litigation, HSBC UK Bank plc and Andrew George KC, Blackstone Chambers. Further panelists will be announced in due course.

Registration will open at 6pm, with the talks starting at 6.30pm, followed by drinks and canapes at 8pm.

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, followed by a Q&A.

Members of Blackstone Chambers and the ExCo of FSLA would be pleased if you would join them and the panelists for a drinks reception following the seminar.

Please register for the event below.

We very much hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you on 23 February. If you have any further queries or special requirements, please email the events team at

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