The blockchain in practice

Held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

With support from Charles Russell Speechlys


  • Keith Pritchard (Base60)

  • Martin Walker (Broadridge)

  • William Garner (CRS)

  • Haydn Jones (Blockchain Hub)



Whenever someone mentions blockchain, my eyes glaze over and I lose the will to live. I know it is important – after all, it must be if all these extra-clever people at Goldman Sachs and elsewhere are committing millions/billions to developing business applications around it. But I keep thinking that, just maybe, it might still be a solution in search of a problem.

But that’s me – a Luddite to my core. Still, I want to learn – and I want to be convinced. Hence, over the years (going back at least to 2011), we have looked at the potential of blockchain. Now, finally, we can start to look at the practicalities – what are people actually doing, and are they making money doing it? And does blockchain really offer cost savings, greater security and/or higher speed?

To look at the blockchain in practice, I am delighted that we have been able to put together a distinguished panel with real-world experience of what the illuminati call “blockchain solutions”:

  • Keith Pritchard completed a secondment from JPMorgan to the DTCC in 2017, where he was responsible for building a blockchain-based platform to support the credit derivatives market. He is currently with the consultancy Base60 where he is helping ISDA with the groundwork for a wider distributed ledger strategy.
  • Martin Walker is currently head of product management at Broadridge for securities finance and collateral management, and worked on capital markets product development at R3 – the firm behind the Corda distributed ledger platform;
  • Haydn Jones is founder and MD of Blockchain Hub providing educational, strategic and operational support for organisations seeking to leverage blockchain technology;
  • William Garner is head of CRS’s broking, trading and markets practice, where his list of blockchain clients includes SETL – which uses blockchain technology for payments and settlements (and which now has Deloitte as a major investor).

I hope we will get beyond the hype, to see exactly what is being done by whom and for what in the blockchain space. If you (or a colleague) would like to join us and perhaps share your thoughts, please call the CSFI on 020 7621 1056 or email Thanks to CRS, we can promise generous wine and sandwiches.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton