Guest of the Chartered Architects

The Master attended a dinner as guest of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects at Skinners' Hall on a beautiful summer's evening, which allowed us to enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the open air roof terrace. The Chartered Architects award a number of prizes to up and coming young architects, and some of these were presented at the dinner. Tax Advisers interested in visiting Skinners' Hall can join us on 15th October for our next History of Tax lecture which will be held at the venue.  For details please see …read more

Guest of the Cooks

The Master and Clerk attended a lunch hosted by the Worshipful Company of Cooks at Cutlers' Hall. The current Master Cook is Mark Grove who runs the Cook and Butler, the company responsible for the catering at a number of the Tax Advisers' events this year, such as the Consorts' Lunch, the Civic and Charities' Lunch and the Court Dinner. As befits the Worshipful Company of Cooks, the food was excellent! …read more

HSBC Art Collection

The Tax Advisers visited the HSBC Art Collection in Canary Wharf, which includes historic works built up by the Bank over many years reflecting its Eastern origins and its acquisition of Midland Bank, along side new works which are actively purchased by the curator, Daniel Lancaster, to enhance the themes in the existing collection such as landscape. The Collection also hosts temporary exhibitions showcasing the work of contemporary artists who also give talks which are open to the public. …read more

Women in the Livery

The Master attended a lunch for Women in the Livery at the Oriental Club. There was quite a strong Tax Advisers presence at the lunch as the guest speaker was Dame Fiona Woolf, former Mistress Tax Adviser, and Past Master Erica Stary and our former Clerk Paul Herbage led the Q & A session with Dame Fiona. …read more

Guest of the Launderers

The Master and Consort attended the Installation Ceremony for the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Launderers in the River Room at Launderers' Hall, before attending the annual Service of Thanksgiving at Southwark Cathedral at which the new Master makes a very public promise to serve the Company to the best of his or her ability during their year of office. Afterwards the Master and Consort attended the Installation Dinner at Launderers' Hall and also enjoyed a tour of the new "London Arches" space in the recently refurbished Hall. London Arches is an entirely underground cellar type space with great lighting which makes it feel light and airy. It is suitable for drinks receptions and also dining. Launderers' Hall is more commonly known as Glaziers' Hall, but also sometimes Scientific Instrument Makers' Hall as the three Livery Companies co-own the space. …read more

Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony

The Master attended the Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony in Guildhall Yard, where the Lord Mayor inspected troops and raised a flag over Guildhall in aid of Army Support Day.  Many Livery Masters attended and mingled with armed services personnel at a tea in the Guildhall's Old Library after the ceremony. …read more

Common Hall Election of Sheriffs

The Common Hall Election of Sheriffs is one of the great ceremonial spectacles of the City of London, and all Liverymen of at least one year's standing are entitled to vote. This year saw a contested election with 4 candidates for two places.   Vincent Keaveny and Liz Green were elected. There was a sizeable party of Tax Advisers in attendance,  many of whom went for lunch in Founders' Hall afterwards. …read more

RAF Brize Norton

The Master and Clerk, together with their respective Consorts were guests at the annual Formal Reception at RAF Brize Norton, where our affiliated squadron, 101, is based.  We were lucky enough to witness a parachute display by the Falcons team, a time capsule being buried to celebrate RAF 100, a fly past of the historic Dakota aeroplane as well as Voyager, 101 Squadron's current aircraft, a marching band playing classic RAF tunes, and a sunset ceremony - all on a lovely summer's evening. …read more

Guest of the Firefighters

The Master attended a reception and lunch hosted by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters at the City Livery Club. The occasion was to mark the end of one Master's year and introduce the incoming Master. The Firefighters are one of the Modern Livery Companies that we regularly see as part of the Modern Livery Companies' Float in the annual Lord Mayor's Show. …read more

Lord Mayor's Tax Debates

As part of the tax profession's contribution to the Lord Mayor's Business of Trust agenda, the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and the Chartered Institute of Taxation co-hosted an event at Mansion House, opened and closed by the Lord Mayor, consisting of two debates around some contemporary hot topics, one with a UK flavour, and one with an international flavour. Over 300 people registered for this event, and lively discussion followed the debates themselves over a glass of wine and canapes.  Guest speakers included Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax at PwC, Robert Palmer, Executive Director of Tax Justice UK, Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD and Chris O'Shea, Chairman of the 100 Group Tax Committee. …read more