2nd Fintech Lecture - Sir William Blair
Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh Law School
Thu 30 January 2020
Money and Payments in the 4th Industrial Revolution
Sir William Blair, First President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities (2012-2019)
About the Speaker
Sir William (Bill) Blair is a former Judge in Charge of the London Commercial Court whose expertise is in commercial and financial law and dispute resolution. Professor of Financial Law and Ethics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, he served as a High Court Judge in England and Wales for nearly ten years, and was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from 2016. He helped to establish the specialist Financial List, and the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts. He was President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities between 2012 and 2019.
In 2017, Sir William rejoined 3 Verulam Buildings as an Associate Member, having previously practised from these chambers as a commercial QC before appointment to the bench.
In 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Bank of England’s Enforcement Decision Making Committee (EDMC). Sir William sits as an arbitrator, to which he brings experience from his time in practice as a QC at the bar, from his arbitration work in the Commercial Court, and now as an arbitrator. He is a member of the LCIA and is listed on the BAC's Panel of Arbitrators (Beijing Arbitration Commission).
In 2018, he was appointed to the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China. He gives consultative and independent advice, expert evidence on English law, and is a CEDR qualified mediator. He has served on missions for the World Bank, the IMF, and the Asian Development Bank.
His current research interests include fintech, financial crime and financial inclusion. He has an interest in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and chairs the Law and Ethics in Finance Project, an informal group concerned with raising standards in the financial sector.
This event is free and open to all bur registration is required.
This event is co-funded by the Edinburgh Futures Institute.