One of the main duties of a Liveryman of a City Company is to attend annually at Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs of the City (on Midsummer Day in June) and the Lord Mayor of London (on Michaelmas Day in September) at meetings known as “Common Hall”. This is an ancient privilege and one which should be taken seriously by all Liverymen. They should regard it as an obligation, not only to exercise their franchise, but also to examine with care the qualifications and relative claims of those who aspire to fill the high office of Lord Mayor or Sheriff of London.
Membership of the City Livery Club is open to Liverymen.
Freemen and Liverymen of the Company are expected to attend all formal Company functions, unless prevented from so doing by good cause, as well as attending as many as possible of the less formal occasions, such as visits to buildings, talks on current problems facing the profession and other social occasions.
Since one of the main reasons for the existence of modern Livery Companies is to support the Charitable and Educational needs of the profession, Freemen and Liverymen are also expected to give to the Company’s Charitable Trust Fund by way of regular donations or a Deed of Covenant, which enables Tax Relief to be obtained via Gift Aid.