The Worshipful Company of Scriveners

The mediaeval regulations and ordinances for the governance of the Scriveners Company (as for all other Livery Companies) were to ensure the integrity in business, and the competence in practice, of those engaged in the craft thus strengthening their position and enhancing the confidence of members of the public using their services. Notaries appear as members of the Company from 1392 onwards, when it issued new ordinances to coincide with the appointment by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Papal Legate of laymen as papal and imperial notaries.

As with all other Livery Companies in the City of London the COVID pandemic forced the Scriveners to move ‘on line’ over the last 18 months to keep in contact with its membership. All the Court and committee meetings were continued but held by Zoom. As far as possible the Company has striven to substitute the major annual events with online gatherings. In addition, the Master published two Newsletters in lockdown which are available here for you to read.

However, with the very welcome easing of restrictions, the Company has been able to revert to real physical face-to-face meetings as from the 19th July 2021.

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On Wednesday 21 July 2021 the Company held the Summer Court Meeting onboard HQS Wellington at which the Master and Upper Warden were sworn in for a second term and John Hammond was installed as the new Renter Warden. There followed the installation of 4 new members of the Company when Julian Gibbons, Patrick O'Shea, Andrew Cross and Jack Gardiner were granted the Freedom of the Company and then Andrew Cross and Jack Gardiner were subsequently admitted to the Livery.

This was followed by the Summer Reception when approximately 100 Company members enjoyed an excellent hot buffet supper on the
Quarterdeck and Upper Deck of the ship.


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