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.

FSLA Summer Drinks and Essay Prize Giving

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5.30pm on Tuesday 29th June at the 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 29th June 2021 from 5.30pm 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.

If you are able to attend the drinks, please register below. We look forward to welcoming you on 29th June.

Please note the event may still be cancelled due to government COVID announcements expected prior to 22nd June.

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The LIBOR Transition: Where are we and what can we expect?

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A FSLA and 3 Verulam Buildings online seminar at 5pm on Tuesday 25th May 2021

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and 3 Verulam Buildings we would like to invite you to attend our forthcoming event on LIBOR Transition, which will be run as a webinar on Tuesday 25 May 2021, from 5pm to 6pm.

Chaired by David Quest QC of 3 Verulam Buildings, with speakers:

  • April Richardson of the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Tom Horn and Alieda Moore from the Bank of England
  • Julia Smithers-Excell, Partner at White & Case, leading a discussion with Kam Mahil of the Loan Market Association in the UK and Tess Virmani of the Loan Syndications & Trading Association in New York.

Our 1 hour webinar will focus on the latest developments in the transition from LIBOR, and consider ongoing issues and concerns. We hope it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers. Log in to the webinar will open at 4.30pm on 25 May, with the webinar beginning at 5pm. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 6pm.

Please use the link below to register.

We look forward to welcoming you on 25 May.

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