History and constitution

The Livery Committeestarted life almost exactly 150 years ago, specifically to organise the Common Halls to elect the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs.

But today it has also become the voice pipe for communication between the livery and the officers at Guildhall and Mansion House, on any matter affecting the interests of the general body of the Livery (to quote from our original terms of reference). We endeavour to improve communication between the Corporation and the Livery, increase the involvement of Liverymen in City affairs, and act as a forum for discussion.

The Livery Committee also organises the various courses and City Briefings for freemen, liverymen, wardens, and their clerks. Dates are shown at the City Diary page(see above), and bookings may be made online athttp://www.liverycommitteecourses.org

The Committee, though administered at Guildhall, is not a committee of the City of London Corporation, and hence it has some autonomy. However this also means limitations as to our power, and so we largely work by influence and consultation. Its membership of 20 is elected at Common Hall each Midsummer Day and made up of a laid down balance of liverymen, common councilmen, and clerks in equal numbers, allocated to fairly reflect the different groups of livery companies(see note below).

The constitution of the Livery committee is as follows:

2 x alderman

6 x common councilmen

6 x liverymen – one Great 12,one Association, and four Fellowship

6 x clerks– two from each association

Details of the current members are at this link.

Terms of office are for three years, and a maximum of two terms (i.e. Six years in total, but there is now special dispensation for chairman and deputy)

Note: The clerks of the 110 livery companies divide themselves into three groups: The Great 12; the Association of Clerks, representing all companies that have their own hall (other than the Great 12); and the Fellowship of Clerks - basically all the rest, though members of the first two groups are also eligible to join the Fellowship. It is these three groups who nominate the liverymen and clerks above.

The Committee meet at Guildhall three times each year, on the second Wednesday in February, June and September, and also on Misummer Day (24th June, for the Election of Sheriffs) and Michalemas Day (29th September, for the Election of the Lord Mayor).

Further details about the Committee may be found atthis link.

Nigel Pullman 2018