HH Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC

We are delighted to congratulate HH Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, the Common Serjeant of London and Honorary Liveryman of the Cutlers’ Company, on his appointment as the next Recorder of London. Judge Hilliard will succeed HH Judge Brian Barker QC (also an Honorary Liveryman) early in 2015, when the current Recorder of London steps down to take a well-earned retirement. The Recorder of London is the senior judge at the Old Bailey, known more formally as the Central Criminal Court.
Because our Hall is so near to the Old Bailey, the Cutlers have long had close connections with Her Majesty’s Judges in the Old Bailey 9445_1051264(even after part of our land was ‘acquired’ in the 1960s for an extension to the Court’s buildings). The Judges still sometimes dine by candlelight using Cutlers’ candlesticks for example, something that our Wardens regret each year as they leave the Hall and go the the Old Bailey to complete their inventory of the Company’s silver and other treasures…

The Common Serjeant has attended many of our functions but also has connections with other Livery Companies, especially the Feltmakers, where he is currently the Fourth Warden. We are very grateful to the Feltmakers for allowing us to borrow this picture of the next Recorder wearing not the usual judge’s wig but a rather fetching felt hat. He is also a Bencher of Middle Temple and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.


We are sure that none of the juries that sit in front of the Common Serjeant would appear so uninterested in his summing up of a case as this group of twelve good men and true…

Many congratulations, Your Honour – well done: we are proud that you are a member of the Cutlers’ Company!