Temple & Farringdon Together’s @EdwardLord calls for City recognition for Bar and professions

Temple and Farringdon Together team member, and current councilman Edward Lord has today written to the Lord Mayor asking for the Bar and other City-based professionals to be recognised in the same way as the City’s financial services industries.

Each year, there are dinners at Mansion House for the City’s bankers and merchants, regulators, and leaders of trade and industry. There is no such event for barristers, solicitors, accountants, surveyors, and other professional advisers.

Edward said:

“It seems perverse that the City Corporation offers formal recognition to the financial services industry, when London is also a global hub for legal and other professional advisers.

In our ward of Farringdon Without, we are right at the heart of the multi-billion pound legal sector, with two Inns of Court, over 50 Barristers’ Chambers, and a dozen international law firms. Their contribution to the economy and society should be acknowledged by the City that they call home.”


Temple and Farringdon Together: supporting local businesses hit by rates revaluation


The Temple and Farringdon Together team have been hearing complaints about the serious risks local firms and barristers’ chambers are facing as a result of the business rate revaluation which comes into effect on 1st April this year.

Greg Lawrence CC and Paul Martinelli CC, themselves owners of local businesses and members of the City Corporation’s Finance Committee, are committed to reviewing the impact of the revaluation on ratepayers in our area.

Edward Lord OBE CC, a member of the City’s senior Policy Committee said:

“The head of one large barristers’ chambers in the Temple told me recently that they may need to move or downsize the space they rent due to the huge increase they face in business rates. This is a real threat to the nature of our local area. Times are hard enough for the publicly funded bar. They don’t need this as well.”

If you are facing problems due to the increase in your business rates, let us know using our contact form.

Temple and Farringdon Together calls on City to set up new central London Women’s Refuge

The Temple and Farringdon Together team standing in the 2017 City Elections is calling on the City of London Corporation to use its resources to establish a new central London refuge for women and children facing domestic abuse.

Local authority budget cuts elsewhere in the capital have seen a number of refuges closing in recent years, meaning that the number of places where those suffering at the hands of abusive domestic partners has been cut dramatically.

Barristers Ruby Sayed and Caroline Addy have declared the establishment of a new City of London sponsored refuge as a key priority should they be elected in Farringdon Without on March 23rd.

Ruby, herself Chair of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre and a trustee of the Women’s Refuge in Bury St Edmunds, says:

“There is a real need which must be addressed, and the City of London has the resources to establish a new refuge, which would be in line with the Corporation’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged people in society, both directly and through the City Bridge Trust.”

If you support this policy, let us know using our contact form.

A message from Alderman Elect Greg Jones QC: I’m backing the Temple & Farringdon Together team



Dear Fellow Elector,

I am writing to thank you for electing me as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Without two weeks ago and for giving me such a clear mandate. For those who haven’t seen the full results yet, the votes cast were:

Dr Helen Carr                                                  26

Robert Hughes-Penney                                98

Gregory Jones                                                  443

In seeking election as Alderman, I was clear that I wanted to be a visible and active figure in the Ward leading our team of City Councillors representing you, our electors.

On March 23rd, you will be asked to vote again; this time to elect the ten Councillors who will be your voice on issues like planning, air quality, transport, congestion, and open spaces. I wanted therefore to introduce you to the ten Temple and Farringdon Together candidates that I hope you will support in that election. They are:

George, John, Greg, Edward, Paul, and Wendy are all current hardworking local councillors serving this area. Caroline, Ruby, Oliver, and Will are all barristers in chambers within the Temple, who have strong experience as advocates and campaigners.

This is the team that I trust will deliver for our area and I hope you will join me in voting for them.

With best wishes,



A note about procedure – the Alderman as Returning Officer

It is has been a tradition that the Alderman of the ward usually acts as returning officer for his or her ward in the common council elections.  Given the proximity of the two elections and my close involvement with my own supporters who are now candidates for common council I have already taken the very clear view that it would not be appropriate for me to serve as the returning officer for our ward.    Accordingly, my first act upon election was to write to the Town Clerk recusing myself from service as returning officer in this ward.  The office of the Town Clerk has accepted my position.  I will not act as returning officer for the ward of Farringdon Without on 23 March.