The Learned Clerk

The Learned Clerk, Edward Macey-Dare

Edward was educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Stonyhurst, Durham University and The College of Law, Guildford. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and became a partner in Brown Cooper (now Lee Bolton Monier-Williams) in 2000.

Specialising in Employment Law, Dispute Resolution and Company Commercial, he represents clients in the City of London and the Wine and Spirits’ sector, most notably the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, the Wine and Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society and the Institute of Masters of Wine.

He was appointed Assistant Clerk in 2008 before becoming Clerk in February 2009. He is the third generation partner in his firm to hold this ancient office.


The Assistant Clerk, Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim has worked with the Learned Clerk for over 20 years, firstly at Brown Cooper (which she joined in 1981 when it was co-founded by Liveryman Nigel Urwin) then Brown Cooper Monier-Williams and subsequently Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.

In her capacity as a legal PA, Kim has supported partners in a wide range of commercial transactions including wines and spirits, film and television, merchandising, publishing, mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and employment. She has also helped provide clients with an in-house Company Secretarial service.

Kim was appointed Clerk’s Assistant in 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Clerk with effect from 2nd February 2012 and received the Livery of the Company by Presentation in November 2018.


The Beadle, John Cash MBE

John Cash, MBE
John Cash, MBE

John joined the Royal Navy in 1976 as a Steward and spent a 30-year career serving on all types of ships and the personal staffs of eight Admirals, running residences both in the UK and abroad. Having circumnavigated the globe twice, John retired from the Royal Navy as a Warrant Officer 1 Steward in 2006, with his final appointment being the Stewards Training Officer. John was awarded the MBE for services to the Royal Navy in the New Year’s Honours list 2007.

This was an excellent background for when John arrived in the City to take on the role of Hall Manager and Beadle to the Worshipful Company of Innholders in 2006.

In 2007 John was appointed as Beadle to the Worshipful Company of Cooks, who lodge predominantly at Innholders’ Hall. When the Dowgate Ward Beadle retired in 2010 John took on the role of Ward Beadle, particularly significant as the Innholders’ Beadle has a long history of providing the Ward Beadle going back as far as the 1920s.

Then in 2013, having been associated with the Distillers since 2006, John proudly took on the role of Beadle.

John has been honoured to receive significant awards and honours during his service career, notably Member of the British Empire Service medal, Long service and good conduct medal, and campaign medals from the Falklands, Iran/Iraq war, and the Adriatic campaigns.