Michael Blair is a practising barrister with Chambers in 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, specialising in financial services and financial regulation. He has been in independent practice since 2000. He was a member of the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority until April 2013. He was, until 2009, the Chairman of SWX Europe Limited, the London exchange where the major Swiss equities were traded, and was the Treasurer of his Inn of Court, the Middle Temple, in 2008. Until 2000, he was General Counsel to the Financial Services Authority. He served on the Bar Council for nine years (including as Treasurer for four years) and had earlier been employed as a civil servant in the Lord Chancellor's Department for 20 years. He is the author or editor of a number of textbooks on financial services.