‘Ermine on a Pale Gules of Mace Or and for the crest on a Wreath Ermine and Gules Issuant from Cloude proper and in front of a Sun rising Or a sword point upwards proper suspended from the reverse of the blade a pair of Scales Gold Mantled Gules double Argent as the same are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted’.
Significance of the arms
The background to the shield is ermine, representing the robes of the Lord Chancellor,
symbolic of civic duty and authority. The broad band of red is symbolic of eagerness to serve. Both are the colours of Plantagenet, being the royal livery colours of Edward III.
Significance of the crest
The sunburst is the badge of Edward III, who first established the office of the magistracy to administer the law. The sword is connected with St. Paul, the City of London and justice. The scales of justice swing freely, indicating freedom from any executive interference.
‘Ratione et Consilio’
By reason and sound judgement.