We are proud to announce that London partner, Peter Hudson has been appointed Foreman of the Court Leet of the Kings Manor of Southwark.
Peter was installed as Foreman last November by the High Steward, His Honour Judge Brian Barker QO (Recorder of London), at the Crown Court, Newington Causeway, Southwark.
The Court Leets were a court of record and date back to medieval times. The duties of a Court Leet was to view the freemen’s oaths of peacekeeping and good practice in trade and also to try by jury and punish all crimes committed within it’s jurisdiction. The Court Leet later developed into an early trading standard organisation in respect of food and drink and this is why, out of a jury of 24, a flesh taster and ale connor are still appointed along with a constable and affeerors!
Today the Court Leets have no judicial role and their purpose, other than the continuation of a historical tradition, lies in their charitable activities.
Peter commented, “I am proud to have been appointed this significant title and look forward to extending the important charity work achieved by the Court Leet in the Southwark area and beyond.
Adopting the role of Foreman complements my working with the Charity & Not for Profit sector within Kreston Reeves, as well as the fundraising pursuits we already undertake for our nominated charities”