News

Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

On Thursday 9 March, the Master and Clerk were guests of the Master Hackney Carriage Driver, Alan Roughan at their Spring Court Dinner at Carpenters Hall. …link

Worshipful Company of International Bankers

On Wednesday 8 March the Master and Clerk attended the Worshipful Company of International Bankers annual banquet at the Guildhall. The principle guest was the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London accompanied by the two Sheriffs, visiting Alderman and 5 visiting Masters. The guest speaker was Helena Morrissey CBE. …read more

Derek Melluish Memorial Lecture

On Monday 6 March,  The Master attended the City of London Guide Lecturers Association annual Derek Melluish Memorial Lecture. …read more

Matthew Peppitt: "Taxing the ultimate luxury – Plate duty: the taxation of the goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ trade 1719 – 1890"

On 28 February, Matthew Peppitt gave an absorbing talk on plate taxes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the Tax History Group. Whilst the main focus of his talk was plate duty, he also covered tax on household plate and excise licences to deal in plate. In this context, plate refers to silver (and later gold) domestic items. Matthew’s talk put the tax into its historical context, as well as covering the role that assay marks played in the history of the tax. …read more

Scriveners Company

On Tuesday 28 February, the Master and Clerk attended the Quill Pen Reception and Recital to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the granting of a Royal Charter to the Worshipful Company of Scriveners at the Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry. …read more

Inter Livery Pancake Race

On Tuesday 28 February, 4 Tax Advisers, supported by 11 other members took part in the annual Shrove Tuesday Inter-Livery Pancake Race. 2017 was the 13th year the race had taken place and the 8th successive year the Tax Advisers have entered a team. Around 24 other livery companies take part in an oversubscribed race which saw another 15 or so Masters from other companies competing to enter a team next year. …read more

Visit to Art Gallery at the Guildhall

On 10 February the Master and 18 company members and guests visited the London Guildhall Art Gallery.  We were amazed at the variety of paintings displayed and vastly entertained by the charismatic guide who basically showed us his favourite paintings.  The Gallery was first established in 1886 as a “Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city” and contains works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. The highlight of the tour was a parchment 950 years old being a charter given by William the Conqueror in 1067, the year after the Norman conquest, confirming the legal rights of the citizens of London. …read more

The World Traders Tacitus Lecture

On Thursday 23 February, the Master and Clerk attended the Worshipful Company of World Traders 30th Tacitus Lecture at Guildhall. …read more

Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects

On Wednesday 22 February, the Master attended a lecture on ‘Designing London’, hosted by the Master Architect, Richard Brindley. …read more

The City Food Lecture

On Tuesday 21 February, the Master attended the City Food Lecture as guest of our Clerk, who is a Past Master Cook.

A lecture was delivered  on the topic ‘Does it matter where our food comes from?’ to a packed Guildhall attended by many representatives of the food industry. It was followed a panel debate chaired by businesswoman Margaret Mountford and featuring LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond, writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward and Tesco group quality director Tim Smith. The final speaker was the Princess Royal. …read more