Relief and rescue: suspensions and elasticity in financial regulation, and lessons from the UK's management of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


This Article analyzes the UK’s approach to handling the economic impact of COVID-19, offering insight for developed financial jurisdictions embarking on regulatory suspensions. When existing law no longer meets overarching policy goals such as financial stability, regulators resort to the theorization of legal elasticity. This Article situates regulatory suspension within this theory analyzing the tensions, hazards, and accompanying decision-making frameworks. The authors make three proposals for deployment of legal elasticity by regulators: (1) evaluate institutional stability; (2) engage in relational paradigms with relevant agencies, entities, and stakeholders; and (3) establish ex ante frameworks for crisis management and the potential use of legal elasticity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-111
Number of pages49
JournalWashington University Journal of Law and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2021