Agenda item

Resolutions on Retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials, etc.


Resolved:- That, in taking their leave of


Matthew Charles Falco Lombardi Richardson


upon his retirement as Alderman for the Ward of Billingsgate, this Court desires to place on record its most sincere appreciation for the service that he has given to the City Corporation and, in particular, to this Court, over the past seven years.


Matthew was admitted to this Court as Alderman for the Ward of Billingsgate in 2012.  A Barrister who was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, having graduated from the University of Law, he is also Director of several financial companies. As a Tenant Barrister at Henderson Chambers, Matthew’s legal practice includes an emphasis on information technology and intellectual property, as well as a strong background in insurance. He served the first-ever injunction via twitter and recently published Cyber Crime: Law and Practice, the first book to tackle the fast-growing topic of cyber crime.


Matthew served on the Court of Common Council for four years, representing the Ward of Coleman Street, prior to being elected as Alderman for the Ward of Billingsgate. During his tenure on both the Common Council and the Court of Aldermen, Matthew actively represented the views of businesses, small and large, as well as residents. He is committed to London and its business, civic, cultural, sporting and charitable life, as well as being an active member of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, the Society of Computers and Law, and the Law and Liberty Circle.


Matthew brought his valuable experience of the financial sector to bear through his service on the Finance Committee and its various sub-committees, such as the Efficiency and Performance Sub  Committee and the Digital Services Sub Committee.


He also served on many of the City Corporation’s other committees and a number of outside bodies, including the Planning and Transportation Committee, the Port Health & Environmental Services Committee, the City Bridge Trust Committee, and the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School.


On taking their leave of Matthew, his colleagues would like to express to him their very best wishes for his future health and happiness with the hope that he, and his wife Erica, will long retain many happy memories of his civic life and all he has achieved for the wider City, for the City Corporation and for this Court.