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Question - That the Minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded? pdf icon PDF 271 KB


Resolved: - That the minutes of the Court of Aldermen held on 5th December 2023 were correctly recorded.



[The minutes of the Court of Common Council were on the table.]

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Resolutions on retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials etc.


There were no resolutions.

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The Remembrancer to make the prescribed Oath


With the permission of the Lord Mayor, this item will now be deferred until the next scheduled meeting of this Honourable Court

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The Comptroller & City Solicitor to report the result of the Wardmote held on Thursday, 30 November 2023 for the election of an Alderman for the Ward of Portsoken


The Comptroller & City Solicitor reported the result of the Wardmote held on 30th

November 2023 for the Election of an Alderman for the Ward of Portsoken.

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Applications for the Freedom of the City pdf icon PDF 179 KB


The Chamberlain presented the names of one hundred and ninety-five persons to be made free of this City, and it is Ordered that they be admitted into the Freedom of this City accordingly, as follows:-


Name:                          Occupation:                Address:                     Company:

Patrick James Allen

a Surveyor

Blackheath, London

Chartered Surveyors


Borge Andreassen

a Recruitment Consultancy Managing Director


Balham, London


Dr Fiona Sarah Aubrey-Smith

an Independent Education Research Consultant


Winchester, Hampshire


Arvind Babajee

a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Jurist


Port-Louis, Republic of Mauritius

Tax Advisers

Timothy William Lumsden Badham

a Security Company Chief Operating Officer


Salisbury, Wiltshire


Catherine Louise Baker


a Master Saddler

Deptford, Wiltshire



Robin William Baker

an Asset Management Company Owner, retired


Chigwell, Essex

Stationers & Newspaper Makers

Philip Edward Bearn 

a Doctor of Medicine

Richmond, Surrey



Carlo Tore Domenico Benigni

a Design Company Director


Milan, Italy

Chartered Architects

James Andrew Benn

a Business Analyst

Potters Bar, Hertfordshire



James Ogilvy John Bennett

a Packaging Company General Manager


Bishopston, Bristol


Myles David Bigland

a Lawyer

Greenford, London



Dr Fawaz Khaled Bitar

an Oil Company Executive


Fulham, London

Tallow Chandlers

David Thomson Blair

a Chartered Architect


Tooting, London

Chartered Architects

Dr Astrid Elizabeth Bonfield, CBE

a Charity Chief Executive


Brixton, London

Armourers & Brasiers

Keith Alan Bramley

a Firefighter, retired

Buxton, Derbyshire



Timothy John Bray

an Investment Manager


Ightham, Kent


Terrence Roland Gregory Brazier

a Furniture Restorer

Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire


Furniture Makers

Duane Gerard Bridger

a Solicitor

Graveney, Kent



Aaron Andrew Brookes

an Architect

Acton, London

Chartered Architects


Dr Katharine Jessie Brown

a Charity Chief Executive Officer


Putney, London


Graham Stephen Bucknell

a Civil Engineer

Longwick, Buckinghamshire



James Kirk Campbell

an Information Technology Engineer


Morden, London


Judith Gwendoline Charnley

a Veterinary Surgeon and Sheep Farmer


Colne, Lancashire


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Report: General Purposes Committee of Aldermen


The operation of the 6-year convention for Aldermen

Recommendations of the General Purposes Committee concerning the operation of the convention that Aldermen should retire after no more than six years in office, together with recommendations around other Aldermanic conventions which had not been reviewed for many years were put to the Court of Aldermen. This included a recommendation that this Six Year Convention be consolidated with other conventions, agreed in 2003, in a single document.


Recommendations were therefore put on the following terms:


1)That any reference to the Magistracy within the Aldermanic conventions clarify that this is only where applicable;


2) That all on the Court of Aldermen undertake to tender their resignation as an Alderman/woman and to seek re-election or retire as the case may be no later than midnight on the sixth anniversary of their election;


3)That the General Purposes Committee of the Court of Aldermen may, on the written application of the Alderman/woman concerned extend the last day for the tendering of their resignation under The Six Year Convention by a period of up to six months where it considers that it is reasonable to do so in all the circumstances;


4) That these amendments be incorporated into a reformatted document containing the other existing Aldermanic conventions.


Resolved – That the recommendations be agreed to.

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Precepts for Common Hall for the Election of Sheriffs and other Officers and for the Election of a Lord Mayor to be issued



The draft of a Precept to the Masters, Prime Wardens, Upper Bailiff and Wardens

of the several Livery Companies requiring the attendance of the Livery on 24th June next for the election of Sheriffs and other Officers for the year ensuing and on 27th September next, for the election of a Lord Mayor of this City, for the year ensuing, was read, agreed to and ordered to be issued.


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Order for keeping the Hustings clear to be passed


An Order against persons crowding upon the Hustings at elections at Common Hall

was passed.

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To Appoint the Easter Preacher


Resolved:- That The Most Revd John McDowell, be requested to preach before this Court and the Governors of the several hospitals of this City, at the Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry on Thursday, 7th March 2024.


Also that the Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry be requested to –


(a)   grant permission for the use of St Lawrence Jewry church;


(b)  settle the details of the service,


(c)  brief the Most Reverend John McDowell, and


(d)  conduct the service.

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The Town Clerk lay before the Court a letter of surrender of office from Alderman Nicholas Lyons offering to surrender his Office of Alderman of the Ward of Tower.



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