Guest of the Mercers

The Master and Clerk attended the Associated Companies Dinner at Mercers Hall.  In the reign of King James I, and under heavy pressure from the Crown, the Mercers, in association with the Innholders, the Cooks, the Broderers and the Masons, combined to assist the City of London in the colonisation of Ulster.  Some three hundred years later (1905-1909), the Mercers sold virtually all their estates in Ireland, dividing the proceeds between the Associated Companies thus ending  a 300-year partnership which had worked smoothly without any document or written contract. …read more

Big Curry Lunch Results

The Master and Clerk attended a reception at Carpenters' Hall to hear how much money was raised for the Armed Forces Charities at the Big Curry Lunch in April. The Lord Mayor and Sheriffs were in attendance. Just over £190,000 was raised by the 2018 lunch, which is a great achievement. The Lord Mayor extended thanks to all involved, and we also heard from Michael Hockney, the Big Curry Lunch chairman, and General Sir Mike Jackson from the Soldiers' charity . In the 11 years of the Lunch's history, the net proceeds raised have been in excess of £1.9m …read more

Pewter Live

The Master and Clerk attended the Pewter Live event  at Pewterers' Hall which is a showcase for the modern Pewter industry.  As well as an exhibition of recent pieces from current designers working in Pewter, there was an opportunity to purchase some artefacts in Pewter, including jewellery, glass and candle holders, cufflinks, crockery and cutlery.  Many of the designers were there to talk about their work. One of the star exhibits was a Pewter rhino made for the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries. …read more

Curry Night at the Oriental Club

Booking is now open for our Curry Night at the Oriental Club event on 4 September.

Why not join us for a Curry in magnificent surroundings and learn a little more of the history of this fascinating Club? …read more

Milan Trade Delegation

The Master attended a lunchtime presentation at Guildhall, also attended by a number of other Financial Services Group Livery Masters, delivered by recently elected Italian Senator and writer on tax reform, Armando Siri. He is the author of Flat Tax - La Rivoluzione Fiscale in Italia è possibile. He spoke about strengthening ties between Milan and London and explained some of the recently proposed Italian Coalition's thinking behind their policy announcements. The event was filmed by Italian television, and there were plenty of interesting questions from the floor, including on the proposed 15% flat rate tax. The Senator spoke in Italian and communicated with the aid of a very able translator who is a member of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. …read more

Inter-Livery Clay Shooting

The Tax Advisers' team at the Inter-Livery Clay Shooting event on 16th May.

Our team comprised Stephen Burwood, Keith Bell, Victor Dauppe and Debashish Biswas …read more

100+ Club

The Master and Clerk attended a lunch hosted by the Worshipful Company of World Traders, Livery Company 101, where the guest list consists entirely of Livery Companies with a number in excess of 101, and so the Tax Advisers at 107 are  invitees. As the Livery movement grows, there are potentially new members every year. The "Club Lunch" was set up by Sir Roger Cork, a former Lord Mayor and Master World Trader.  The event was held in IT Hall, and the Master Information Technologist was invited and gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the guests, even though at Company 100, the Information Technologists are not strictly part of the Club. …read more

Tour of the Assay Office

The Tax Advisers enjoyed a fascinating visit to Goldsmiths' Hall followed by a tour of its working Assay Office, where Hallmarks are applied to gold, silver, platinum and palladium to confirm their purity. The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office began Hallmarking in 1327 and is the oldest one in the UK. There are also offices in Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh.  As well as seeing the modern process up close, we also witnessed the old assay method using a touchstone. The expression "up to scratch" comes from the assayer's craft as a line from a calibrated gold measure is scratched on the touchstone before one from the object to be tested.  The two can then be easily compared.  We also examined some interesting fakes and forgeries that had been impounded by the law enforcement authorities before finishing off with a pub lunch. …read more

Afternoon Tea with the Management Consultants

The Master enjoyed an afternoon tea tasting with the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants at Guildhall before enjoying an Afternoon Tea in the Aldermens' Dining Room. We learned from two expert tasters about Darjeeling and Assam from India, and  about a variety of teas from Sri Lanka. The City of London has strong links with the tea trade over the centuries and there are many places in the City associated with it e.g. Plantation Place. There is a London Tea History Association which has more on this fascinating aspect of the City. For more on this see …read more

Sons and Friends of the Clergy

The Master attended the 364th annual Festival Service of the Sons & Friends of the Clergy at St Paul's Cathedral,  processing into the Cathedral along with many other gowned Livery Masters.  The Festival is funded by the Stewards, an historic title for those who were responsible for organising the Festival until 1975.  It is now organised by staff of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy charity.  Today, becoming a Steward is a way of supporting the Festival and work of the charity and  the Master  became a Steward for the first time to support this year's Festival.  The address was given by the newly installed Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally.  The origins of the charity date back to 1655 in the time of the Commonwealth and today it supports Anglican clergy with financial grants in times of distress and hardship, and also promotes clergy well being. …read more