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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Banking Conduct and Culture: A Call for Sustained and Comprehensive Reform

4 May 2016

Time: 9:30am - 7:00pm
Venue: Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH

In July 2015, the Group of Thirty published a Special Report on "Banking Conduct and Culture: A Call for Sustained and Comprehensive Reform". This important Report identifies shortcomings, and also good practice, in promoting and maintaining a strong banking culture, and makes several recommendations for banking industry leaders as they seek to address culture in their banks.

The Institute for Regulation and Ethics of the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to announce the convening of a one-day Conference to discuss and debate key recommendations in the Report. The Conference will consider:

  • The importance of culture in banks
  • The role of law, regulation, supervision and enforcement in banking culture
  • What banks can do to make meaningful cultural reforms

Please join us for a drinks reception after the Conference.


  • 09:30 – 10:00: Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks: Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences), Queen Mary University of London
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Keynote Address: Sir David Walker, Member of the Group of Thirty; Chairman, Winton Capital Management; former Chairman, Barclays PLC
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Questions from the floor
  • 11:00 – 11:20: Coffee Break
  • 11:20 – 12:30: Panel One: What is "Culture"? Why is it important in banks?
    Moderator: The Hon Mr Justice Blair, HM Courts
    Panellists: Thomas Noone (Federal Reserve Bank of New York); Baroness Onora O’Neill (EHRC); Grace Sone (Financial Stability Board); Daniel Trinder (Deutsche Bank)
  • 12:30 – 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30: Panel Two: Can culture in banks be regulated? What roles, if any, do laws, regulations, supervision and enforcement play in aiding adherence to a bank's culture?
    Moderator: Dominik Treeck, Partner, Oliver Wyman
    Panellists: The Hon Mr Justice Knowles (HM Courts); Professor Iain MacNeil (University of Glasgow); Wijnand Nuijts (Dutch Central Bank), David Rouch (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
  • 15:30 – 15:50: Tea Break
  • 15:50 – 17:10: Panel Three: What can banks do to improve their culture? How can professional organisations and self regulatory bodies be helpful?
    Moderator:  Dr Stuart P.M. Mackintosh, Executive Director, The Group of Thirty
    Panellists: Alison Cottrell (Banking Standards Board); Noreen Doyle (British Bankers Association); Dr Costanza Russo (CCLS Institute for Regulation and Ethics); Simon Thompson (Chartered Banker Institute)
  • 17:10 – 17:30: Closing Remarks: Sir Nicholas Lionel John Montagu KCB (Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service)
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Reception

MC: John Taylor, CCLS Institute for Regulation and Ethics

Who Should Attend

This Conference will be of great interest to senior bankers, regulators and supervisors, consultants, barristers and solicitors, academics and students interested in banking and finance.


The conference is accredited for 6 CPD points with the Bar Standards Board.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the venue website.

How to Book

Please book through the QMUL e-shop.


  • Standard fee - £150
  • Current QMUL students (limited availability - early booking strongly recommended) - £70


For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on

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