City of London Solicitors' Company
CITY OF LONDON SOLICITOR'S COMPANY
Established: 1909, livery company since 1944.
Arms : Quartedy argent and gules in sinister chief a deed with seals pendent Proper, in dexter base-a Roman-lamp of the first, over all a sword point upwards in bend of the second.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours upon a fasces fessewise rods gules, axe and binding or an owl argent.
Motto: Lex libertatis origo
The arms were officially granted on August 25, 1926. Motto added in December 1944.
The arms symbolise the debt that English law owes to ancient Rome. The deed clearly is a symbol of a legal document, the sword is a symbol of justice and the lamp symbolises 'the Roman legal precepts that still illuminate the administration of justice'.
In the crest the owl is a symbol of wisdom, the fasces were in Roman times a symbol of authority.
The motto means : Freedom's foundation is the Law
Literature : Bromley and Child, 1960