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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

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 will be an in-person event only, held under the Chatham House Rule.

If you wish to attend please register via the link below. If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 23 June.

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FSLA Junior Lawyers Training: Recording of Introduction to Market Abuse session with Herbert Smith Freehills

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On Tuesday 19 April 2022 the Financial Services Lawyers Association and Herbert Smith Freehills invited our junior members to attend a training session on market abuse led by FSLA Advisory Board member and HSF Partner Chris Ninan.

The session provided an overview of the civil and criminal market abuse regime in the UK and do a deeper dive into some of the key concepts, and will finish with a look at the regulators’ enforcement action in this area.

The event was very informative and would be of great interest to our junior members who were unable to attend.

Registered FSLA members can view the recording of the session below. If you wish to become a member or need to confirm your username, please contact secretary@fsla.org.uk.

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Group Litigation in Financial Services – A FSLA and 3VB Seminar

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A FSLA and 3 Verulam Buildings seminar on Tuesday 3rd May at the Reform Club and online

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association and 3VB we would like to invite you to attend our forthcoming event on Group Litigation in Financial Services.

Chaired by Peter de Verneuil Smith QC of 3VB, with speakers from:

  • Lisa Lacob of 3VB
  • Matthew Marsh, Former Chief Master in the Chancery Division, now Mediator and Arbitrator at Three Stone Chambers
  • Andrew Hill, Partner at Fox Williams LLP
  • Chris Bushell, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The seminar will discuss legal and practical issues around group litigation in the financial services context, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

This is both an in-person and online event, which will be taking place at the The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 5EW. Registration will open at 5:30pm, with the seminar commencing at 6pm. Please choose how you would like to attend using the ticket options below.

Members of 3VB would be pleased if you would join them and the panellists for a drinks reception following the seminar.

If you have any queries ahead of the event, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 3 May.

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FSLA Junior Lawyers: Introduction to Market Abuse – training session with Herbert Smith Freehills and junior networking

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A FSLA Juniors Lawyers’ training session and networking drinks at 6:30pm at Herbert Smith Freehills and online on Tuesday 19th April 2022

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), we invite our junior members (students and those with less than 5 years’ post-qualification experience) to attend an introductory training session on market abuse conducted by Chris Ninan, Natasha Stevens, and Alexandra Fitzgerald from HSF.

The session will provide an overview of the civil and criminal market abuse regime in the UK and do a deeper dive into some of the key concepts, and will finish with a look at the regulators’ enforcement action in this area.

The presentation will be followed by drinks and canapés, giving our junior members the chance to re-connect in an informal and relaxed setting.

The event will take place at HSF’s offices (Exchange House, Primrose Street, EC2A 2EG) on Tuesday 19 April. Registration will be open from 6pm and the presentation will start at 6:30pm, followed by drinks at 7:30pm. The presentation will also be available to view live online – please see the below RSVP options.

If you wish to attend, whether in-person or virtually, please register via the applicable link below. If you select virtual attendance, you will be sent a link a few days beforehand. Please provide your RSVP for in-person attendance by Monday 11 April. If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us at events@fsla.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on 19 April.

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Trends In Enforcement

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A FSLA and Blackstone Chambers Seminar, Wednesday 23rd March from 6pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), together with Blackstone Chambers, we would like to invite you to attend our annual ‘Trends in Enforcement’ Seminar on Wednesday 23 March.

This is an in-person event, with the option to attend virtually, please choose how you would like to attend using the ticket options in the links below.
 
The seminar will comprise of a panel chaired by Javan Herberg QC, Blackstone Chambers, that will also feature: 

  • Andy George QC, Blackstone Chambers 
  • Alison Wilson, Divisional Practice Head, Dispute Resolution, Linklaters
  • Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Catherine Bellsham-Revell, Head of Legal, Regulatory, Lloyds Banking Group

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.

The event will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL, with registration open from 6pm. The event will also be available to attend online.

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

We very much hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you on 23 March.

If you have any further queries or special requirements, please contact Stevie Moore at marketing@blackstonechambers.com.

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Recording of FSLA Panel Event: ESG Climate Disclosures – Key challenges for firms

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Link to the video of the FSLA and Mayer Brown Webinar, which took place on Thursday 28th October at 1pm

On 28 October the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Mayer Brown LLP organised a panel event considering ESG Climate Disclosures and the key challenges for firms.

The panel was chaired by James Whitaker, Litigation and Disputes Partner at Mayer Brown, and featured:

  • Joanne Etherton, Climate Finance Lead, Client Earth;
  • Anne Corrigan, Deputy Head of Legal, Bank of England;
  • Edward Cumming QC, XXIV Old Buildings; and
  • Tonia Plakhotniuk, Vice President, NatWest Markets and ex Director of Policy for Sustainability at AFME.

The one hour webinar focussed on the key risks and challenges for financial services firms navigating the latest developments in the ESG Climate Disclosures landscape.

The panel covered a wide range of topics, with lively and engaging discussion between the panel. The recording will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE, please login to access the link below.

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ESG Climate Disclosures – Key challenges for firms

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A FSLA and Mayer Brown Webinar, Thursday 28th October at 1pm

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Mayer Brown LLP, we would like to invite you to attend our event ESG Climate Disclosures – Key challenges for firms, which will be run as a webinar on Thursday 28th October 2021 at 1pm.
 
The panel will be chaired by James Whitaker, Litigation and Disputes Partner at Mayer Brown, and will feature the following speakers:

  • Joanne Etherton, Climate Finance Lead, Client Earth;
  • Anne Corrigan, Deputy Head of Legal, Bank of England;
  • Edward Cumming QCXXIV Old Buildings; and
  • Tonia Plakhotniuk, Vice President, NatWest Markets and ex Director of Policy for Sustainability at AFME.

The one hour webinar will focus on the key risks and challenges for financial services firms navigating the latest developments in the ESG Climate Disclosures landscape. We expect that it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE.

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Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets

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A FSLA and Taylor Wessing Webinar from 5.45pm to 7pm on Thursday 7th October

On behalf of the Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) and Taylor Wessing LLP we would like to invite you to attend our event on Recent Developments and Future Trends in the Regulation of Cryptoassets, which will be run as a webinar on Thursday, 7 October 2021, from 5.45pm to 7pm.

The panel event will chaired by Charlotte Hill, head of Taylor Wessing’s UK Financial Services Regulatory group and will feature the following speakers:

  • Katie Fry-Paul, Associate at Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Richard Fox, Head of Markets Policy at the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Andrew Spink QC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Jannah Patchay, Director and Founder of Markets Evolution. 

The 1 hour webinar will focus on the latest developments, future trends and areas of concern in the fast evolving and increasingly important field of crypto-regulation. We expect that it will be of interest to all financial services lawyers of all levels of PQE. It will conclude with an audience Q&A session that will finish by 7pm. The event shall be held pursuant to the Chatham House Rule.

To register for the event please use the link below.

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FSLA Summer Drinks and Essay Prize Giving

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Join us for our annual drinks at 6pm on 20th July at 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 20th July 2021 from 6pm 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.

Please note the event may still be cancelled due to government COVID announcements expected prior to 20th July.

If you are able to attend the drinks, please register below.

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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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