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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): COL/CCS/SO
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1671-1939
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 55.3 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first City Solicitor was appointed in 1544 and the first Comptroller in 1311. The two posts were amalgamated in 1945.

The Comptroller and City Solicitor is responsible for providing all legal services required by the City. This includes providing legal advice to Committees, Departments of the City, to the Commissioner of Police for the City, and to other organisations for whom the Comptroller and City Solicitor is required to act as legal adviser. The office deals with important high profile matters such as City Academies, the Temple Bar project, several major City property developments schemes, the Small and Medium Enterprises initiatives and issues relating to the City's Markets and Open Spaces.

The main areas of law covered by the Comptroller and City Solicitor include commercial property and land law, housing, litigation, employment law, contract law, planning, trusts and company law.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the City Solicitor, Corporation of London, including briefs for cases at the Old Bailey, Guildhall Sessions, Mayor's Court and other courts, 1802-1851; papers relating to various suits regarding the Metropolitan railway, police regulations, Holborn Valley Improvement, oyster metage, Thames Navigation, the Coal Exchange, London Bridge approach roads and other subjects, 1800-1870; papers regarding the Corporation decision to demolish All Hallows Church, Lombard Street, including photographs, maps, plans, petitions, reports, parliamentary debates, press cuttings and journals, correspondence and information on the proposed merger with St Edmund the King, 1926-1937; papers regarding William Ward's bequest including his will and documents relating to the creation of the City of London School for Girls, 1881-1892; papers regarding the case of the Mayor vs Lyons Son and Company, 1929-1939; papers regarding the case of Potter Oyler vs the Mayor, 1937; report books, 1797-1798 and 1863-1945; order books, 1764-1778, 1797-1803 and 1834-1837; bills, fees, payments and receipts, 1671-1862; notes on crown prosecutions, 1791-1797 and 1835-1847 and extracts regarding the office of solicitor, 1755-1776 and 1803.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2009

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