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 Scriveners have moved ‘on line’ over the last year to keep in contact with its membership. All the Court and committee meetings have continued but held by Zoom. As far as possible the Company, under its current Master, has striven to substitute the major annual events with online gatherings. In addition, the Master has published two Newsletters in lockdown which are available here for you to read.