I was honoured to attend the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s Royal Charter celebration at the Guildhall last night.
The company received its Royal Charter in 1957 and the current Master’s year therefore sits across the 60th Anniversary of the grant of the Charter.
To recognise this, Liverymen and Freemen were invited to attend a talk by Keith Lawrey (a legal expert from the Foundation for Science & Technology who has advised a number of organisations on how to apply for a Royal Charter) with a reception in the West Wing of the Guidhall.
A Royal Charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organisations such as cities or universities and learned societies. Typically, a Royal Charter is produced as a high-quality work of calligraphy on vellum. The British monarchy has issued over 980 royal charters. Of these about 750 remain in existence.