11 March 2019
Baroness Shackleton receives the Freedom of the City of London
Baroness Shackleton, partner in the leading Family department at Payne Hicks Beach was one of more than 100 women to receive the Freedom of the City of London as part of the City of London Corporation’s ‘100 Women for the Freedom’ campaign to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
The Court of Common Council, the City of London Corporation’s top decision-making body, on 7 March 2019 set the final seal of approval upon the Freedoms, paving the way for ceremonies to take place at Guildhall over the coming months.
Last year, the City Corporation agreed to mark 100 years of female suffrage with the award of the Freedom by inviting members of the Court of Common Council and colleagues in their City of London Wards to nominate candidates.
The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade; and today, people are nominated for, or apply for, the Freedom, because it offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.
The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate a significant achievement, or to pay tribute to their outstanding contribution to London life or public life.
The City Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year.
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.
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