Clerk of the Crown in Chancery


The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in Great Britain is a senior civil servant who is the head of the Crown Office.

Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
Incumbent
Antonia Romeo

since 18 January 2021
Ministry of Justice
StyleSir or Dame[lower-alpha 1]
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderBenedict Normanton
Formationocc. 1331
Deputy
  1. Clerks of the Crown are usually knighted in the Order of the Bath.

The Crown Office, a section of the Ministry of Justice, has custody of the Great Seal of the Realm, and has certain administrative functions in connection with the courts and the judicial process, as well as functions relating to the electoral process for House of Commons elections, to the keeping of the Roll of the Peerage, and to the preparation of royal documents such as warrants required to pass under the royal sign-manual, fiats, letters patent, etc.

History


Antonia Romeo taking oath as Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.

The first known individual designated to the office is Benedict Normanton in 1331. After 1384, it became common for two persons to hold the clerkship in two separate offices, and in some cases two persons held one of the offices in survivorship.[1]

The Clerk of the Crown must take an oath before assuming the office (the oath being nowadays administered by the Lord Chancellor), which in 1653 was as follows:

You shall swear, that well and truly ye shall serve the King our Sovereign Lord, and His People, in the Office of Clerk of the Crown in the Chancery, whereunto ye be called and admitted: Ye shall be diligent to dispatch and further the King's Business from Time to Time, as Need shall require; and well and truly demean and order yourself in the same Office: The Counsel of the King in any Thing that belongeth to your Office ye shall not disclose: Ye shall not procure ne assente unto any Disherison or perpetual Damage to the King's Majesty, to your Power or Knowledge: Ye shall not procure ne assente unto any Fraud or Deceit to be had, or done, in any of the King's Records whereunto ye shall have Recourse, but ye shall well and truly intreat the same: And ye shall well and truly do all that appertaineth and belongeth to the said Office, according to your Power, Learning, and Skill: As help you God.[2]

Since 1885, the office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery has been combined with that of Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department (now the Ministry of Justice). The Clerk of the Crown is appointed by the Monarch under the royal sign-manual.[3]

Responsibilities


Since 1885, the office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery has been combined with that of Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department (now the Ministry of Justice). The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery is appointed by the Monarch under the royal sign-manual.[4]

All formal royal documents (such as warrants to be signed by the monarch; letters patent, both those that are signed by the Queen herself and those that are approved by warrant; and royal charters) are prepared by the Crown Office.[citation needed]

The Crown Office is also responsible for sealing with the Great Seal of the Realm all documents that need to pass under that seal, once the authority for the use of the seal is signified by the Sovereign (authorization to use the Seal is granted either by the monarch signing a warrant that approves the draft text of letters patent, directs that they be prepared and authorizes them to be sealed and issued; or by the Sovereign directly signing the letters patent that are to pass under the great seal, as is necessary in some cases, such as with letters patent that grant Royal Assent to bills passed by Parliament and with instruments of consent relating to royal marriages).[citation needed]

The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery discharges their functions regarding the use of the Great Seal and the preparation of royal warrants, letters patent, etc., under the direction of the Lord Chancellor, who is the keeper of the Great Seal of the Realm.[citation needed]

The Crown Office is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Roll of the Peerage. The Secretary of State for Justice is the keeper of the Peerage Roll, and his duties in that regard are daily discharged by a Registrar of the Peerage and a Deputy Registrar, who work within the Crown Office and are therefore under the supervision of the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. The duties of the Ministry of Justice regarding the keeping and maintenance of the Roll of the Peerage are discharged in collaboration with the Garter King of Arms and Lord Lyon King of Arms, regarding their respective heraldic jurisdictions. The Crown Office also compiles the Official Roll of the Baronetage.[citation needed]

The Crown Office also has duties relating to the elections for the House of Commons. The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery initiates a parliamentary election in a constituency by sending an election writ to the returning officer of the constituency, and historically received all ballot papers and ballot stubs after the election was complete[5] though they are now kept locally by the registration officer for each area (and retained for a year).[6]

The Clerk issues election writs to all constituencies whenever the Queen makes a proclamation summoning a new parliament, and issues an election writ to a specific constituency whenever that constituency's seat is certified as vacant. The Clerk of the Crown in Chancery also prepares a Return Book, listing the names of all those who are returned as members of the House of Commons in a general election, and delivers that book to the Clerk of the House of Commons on the first day of a new parliament.

List of Clerks of the Crown


Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
# Portrait Name[upper-alpha 1]
(Birth–Death)
Term of office[upper-alpha 2] Office Concurrent office(s) Ref.
1 Benedict Normanton
(n/a)
occ.4 August
1331
1350 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
[1]
2 John (de) Tamworth
(died c. 1374)
20 February
1350
13741376 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 1]
[1][7]
3 Geoffrey Martin
(n/a)
1 January
1376
1396 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
[1]
4 Edmund Brudenell
(n/a)
30 July
1380
1385 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
10 April
1384
1385 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
5 James (de) Billingford
(died 1409)
2 December
1385
13 March
1396
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
13 March
1396
1409[†] Chief Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
6 John Clerk
(n/a)
Secondary Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
6 February
1409
17 October
1415
Clerks of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 2]
7 William Champneys
(n/a)
1415
8 Richard Sturgeon
(n/a)
8 April
1415
17 October
1415
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 3]
17 October
1415
12 August
1449
Clerks of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 4]
9 Sir Thomas Haseley[‖]
(died 1449)
24 December
1448
24 December
1448
23 May
1449[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 5]
10 Thomas Ive
(n/a)
20 April
1461
20 April
1461
21–23 May
1481[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
11 William Rous
(died 1470)
12 August
1449
12 October
1470[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 6]
12 John Bagot
(n/a)
12 October
1470
1499 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 7]
13 Richard Ive
(died 1487)
21 May
1481
19 September
1485
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 8]
19 September
1485
10 November
1487[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 9]
14 Gilbert Bacheler
(died 1500)
1485
10 November
1487
29 October
1500
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 10]
15 Clement Clerk
(died 1504)
1504
16 William Porter
(died 1522)
12 November
1504
4 March
1522[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
17 Ralph Pexall
(died 1537)
6 March
1522
15–16 July
1537[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
18 Sir Thomas Pope
(c.1507–1559)
15–16 July
1537
26 February
1538
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 11]
28 February
1538
1544 Clerks of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 12]
19 John Lucas
(died 1556)
20 Edmund Martin
(n/a)
9 April
1544
20 July
1546
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
20 July
1546
1579[†] Clerks of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 13][lower-roman 14][lower-roman 15]
21 Thomas Powle (I)
(1514–1601)
26 July
1601[†]
22 Sir George Coppin
(died 1620)
26 July
1601
1 March
1620[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 16][lower-roman 17]
23 Sir Thomas Edmondes
(1563–1639)
1 March
1620
11 June
1629
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 18][lower-roman 19]
24 Thomas Willis
(1576–1656)
13 June
1629
occ. 1646 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 20][lower-roman 21][lower-roman 22]
25 John Bolles
(n/a)
12 December
1643
occ. April
1654
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 23]
[2][1]
26 Nathaniel Taylor
(n/a)
15 November
1655
16591660 Clerk of the Commonwealth
27 Valentine Willis
(n/a)
10 February
1660
April
1660
Clerk of the Commonwealth[lower-roman 24]
April
1660
30 June
1660
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 24]
28 Henry Barker
(n/a)
19 July
1660
22 February
1692
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England[lower-roman 25]
29 Thomas Chute
(died 1701)
22 February
1692
17 May1701 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England
30 George Wright
(n/a)
17 May
1701
6 March
1725[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in England (until 1707)
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain (after 1707)
31 Stephen Bisse
(died 1746)
6 March
1725
9 September
1746[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain[lower-roman 26]
32 Thomas Bray
(died 1737)
1737[†]
33 The Right Honourable
Charles Yorke
PC

MP for Reigate
Cambridge University
[‡]
(1722–1770)
9 September
1746
20 January
1770[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain[lower-roman 27]
[8]
34 The Honourable
John Yorke

MP for Higham Ferrers
Reigate
[‡]
(1728–1801)
4 September
1801[†]
[1]
35 The Right Honourable
Henry Bathurst
3rd Earl Bathurst
KGPC

(1762–1834)
4 September
1801
27 July
1834[†]
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain[lower-roman 28][lower-roman 29]
[1]
36 The Honourable
Apsley Bathurst
(1769–1816)
24 January
1816[†]
[9][1]
37 Sir Denis Le Marchant
1st Baronet

(1795–1874)
30 July
1834
1834 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[10]
38 Leonard Edmunds
in Great Britain
(died 1887)
15 November
1834
1848 Clerk of the Crown [11][1]
39 The Honourable
Charles Edward Pepys
Viscount Crowhurst[lower-roman 30]
died 1863
14 March
1848
1851 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[12][1]
40 Charles Romilly
(died 1887)
11 July
1851
1880 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[13][1]
41 Ralph Charlton Palmer
(died 1923)
18 September
1880
1885 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[14][1]
42 Sir Kenneth Muir Mackenzie
GCBPCQC
[§]
(1845–1930)
17 February
1885
1915 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
Permanent Secretary
to the Lord Chancellor's Office
[15]
43 Sir Claud Schuster
KtGCBCVOQC
[§]
(1869–1956)
5 July
1915
21 August
1944
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[16]
44 The Honourable
Sir Albert Napier
KCBKCVOQC

(1881–1973)
2 July
1944
1954 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
45 The Honourable
Sir George Coldstream
KCBKCVOQC

(1907–2004)
4 June
1954
1968 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[17]
46 Sir Denis Dobson
KCBOBEQC

(1908–1995)
1 April
1968
1977 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[18]
47 Sir Wilfrid Bourne
KCBQC

(1922–1999)
12 April
1977
1982 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[19]
48 Sir Derek Oulton
GCBQC

(1927–2016)
1 October
1982
1989 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[20]
49 Sir Thomas Legg
KCBQC

(born 1935)
18 September
1989
1998 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[21]
50 Sir Hayden Phillips
GCB

(born 1943)
11 April
1998
2004 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[22]
Permanent Secretary
to the Department for Constitutional Affairs
51 The Honourable
Sir Alexander Allan
KCB

(born 1951)
2 August
2004
15 November
2007
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain[lower-roman 31]
[23]
52 Sir Suma Chakrabarti
KCB

(born 1959)
19 December
2007
2012 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
Permanent Secretary
to the Ministry of Justice
[24]
53 Dame Ursula Brennan
DCB

(born 1952)
12 July
2012
2015 Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[25]
54 Sir Richard Heaton
KCB

(born 1965)
1 September
2015
August
2020
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
[26]
Ceri King September
2020
December
2020
Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain[lower-roman 32]
55 Antonia Romeo
(born 1974)
18 January
2021
Incumbent Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
in Great Britain
Permanent Secretary
to the Ministry of Justice
[27]
  1. Including honorifics and constituencies for elected MPs.
  2. Dates provided for the end of a term are either retirement/resignation or death; when only the year is provided the exact date is unknown.

Canadian Clerks of the Crown in Chancery


The office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery was carried over to Canada. From 1791 to 1866, there were Clerks for both Lower Canada and Upper Canada. They carried out electoral functions similar to the British Clerk. Following Confederation in 1867, the federal government established the position of Clerk of the Crown to oversee elections. The office was amalgamated into the position of Chief Electoral Officer in 1920.[28]

Notes


  1. John Tamworth is presumed to have died in 1374, but no grant of office of Clerk of the Crown was issued until Geoffrey Martin's (1 January 1376).
  2. John Clerk and William Champneys were each granted offices as one of the Clerks of the Crown (6 February 1409), with John Clerk holding a higher salary.
  3. Richard Sturgeon (until 17 October 1415) served as Clerk of the Crown alongside John Clerk, who held higher salary.
  4. Richard Sturgeon and Sir Thomas Haseley were each granted offices as one of the Clerks of the Crown (17 October 1415), with Richard Sturgeon holding a higher salary.
  5. Sir Thomas Haseley and Thomas Ive were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in survivorship (24 December 1448). Thomas Ive had previously been granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Sir Thomas Haseley (17 October 1415).
  6. William Rous was granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Richard Sturgeon (25 May 1443), and served (until 12 October 1470) alongside Thomas Ive.
  7. John Bagot was granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in vivorship with William Swerendon in reversion after Robert Rous (19 October 1461), and later the same office in survivorship with the same in reversion after William Rous (22 June 1464). William Swerendon's will had been proven by 1469; John Bagot was granted of the office alone in possession during pleasure upon William Rous' death (12 October 1470).
  8. Richard Ive was granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in reversion after his father, Thomas Ive (16 September 1473) He was granted the office in possession upon his father's death (21 May 1481), and later granted of the office during pleasure (3 July 1483).
  9. Richard Ive and Gilbert Bacheler were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in survivorship (19 September 1485). Gilbert Bacheler had been granted the office of Clerk of the Crown on the same date, though this appointment is believed to have been a mistake and is not known to have taken effect.
  10. Gilbert Bacheler and Clement Clerk were granted office as Clerks of the Crown in survivorship(10 November 1487).
  11. Sir Thomas Pope was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Ralph Pexsall (5 October 1532). He succeeded to the office upon Ralph Pexsall's death 15–16 July 1537.
  12. Sir Thomas Pope and John Lucas were granted office as Clerks of the Crown (28 February 1538). The first surrendered the office (9 April 1544).
  13. Martin Edmund and Thomas Powle (I) were granted office as Clerks of the Crown 20 July 1546.
  14. Thomas Powle (II) was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after his father, Thomas Powle (I) 2 May 1579. He predeceased his father.
  15. Rowland Watson was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Thomas Powle (I) and (II) (3 June 1589). He predeceased both of them (3 July 1595).
  16. Sir George Coppin was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Thomas Powle (I) (31 January 1597). He succeeded to the office upon Thomas Powle (I)'s death (26 July 1601).
  17. Miles Raynsford was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Sir George Coppin (23 June 1603). He predeceased Coppin.
  18. Sir Thomas Edmondes was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Sir George Coppin (6 May 1604). He succeeded to the office upon Sir George Coppin's death 1 March 1620.
  19. Anthony and Thomas Luther were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in survivorship in reversion after Sir George Coppin and Thomas Edmondes (11 June 1610). They both surrendered the office (12 June 1629).
  20. Richard Beringer was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Thomas Willis (12 April 1636). He later surrendered the office 12 May 1636.
  21. Sir Arthur Mainwaring and Andrew Pitcairn were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in survivorship in reversion after Thomas Willis and Richard Beringer (12 April 1636). They both surrendered the office (12 May 1636).
  22. Thomas Willis (1617–1646), was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after his father of the same name (2 March 1641). He predeceased his father.
  23. John Bolles was appointed to office as Clerk of the Crown by Parliament (12 December 1643). He was previously serving as Thomas Willis' deputy.
  24. Valentine Willis was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after his father and his brother, both named Thomas Willis (2 March 1641). He became entitled to the office upon his father's death in 1656. He was later admitted as Clerk of the Commonwealth (10 February 1660), and recognized as Clerk of the Crown (April 1660), though he later surrendered the latter office (30 June 1660).
  25. Sir Peter Apsley was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Henry Barker (5 July 1667). He predeceased Henry Barker (10 January 1692), who later surrendered the office.
  26. Stephen Bisse and Thomas Bray were granted the office of Clerks of the Crown in survivorship after George Wright (25 November 1717). They both succeeded to the office upon George Wright's death (6 March 1725).
  27. Charles and John Yorke were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in survivorship in reversion after Stephen Bisse (27 June 1746). They both succeeded to the office upon Stephen Bisse's death (9 September 1746).
  28. Henry, Earl Bathurst and Apsley Bathurst were granted the office of Clerk of the Crown in survivorship in reversion after John Yorke (23 July 1771). They both succeeded to the office upon John Yorke's death (4 September 1801).
  29. The Hon. William Henry John was granted office as Clerk of the Crown in reversion after Henr, Earl Bathurst and Apsley Bathurst (29 July 1805). He predeceased both of them (6 July 1832).
  30. 'Charles Edward Pepys held courtesy title as Viscount Crowhurst as heir to the Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham
  31. Alexander Alan retired to assume the chairmanship of the Joint Intelligence Committee (15 November 2007).
  32. Ceri King was the Deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery at the time of Sir Richard Heaton's resignation. She resumed that role after Antonia Romeo was appointed.

References


  1. Sainty, John Christopher (April 2001). Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. Institute of Historical Research. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. "House of Lords Journal". Journals of the House of Lords. His Majesty's Stationery Office. 6: 339–340. 13 December 1643. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  3. Great Seal (Offices) Act 1874, section 8
  4. Great Seal (Offices) Act 1874, section 8
  5. Memorandum on Electoral Law and Administration
  6. Representation of the People Act 1983, Schedule 1, rule 55
  7. Wilkinson, Bertie (1929). The Chancery Under Edward III. Manchester University Press. p. 85.
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  9. "Hon Apsley Bathurst". The British Museuym. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  10. "No. 19178". The London Gazette. 1 August 1834. p. 1428. Whitehall, July 30, 1834. The King has been pleased to nominate and appoint Denis Le Marchant, Esq. to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Henry Earl Bathurst, deceased.
  11. "No. 19211". The London Gazette. 18 November 1834. p. 2053. Whitehall, November 15, 1834. The King has been pleased to nominate and appoint Leonard Edmunds, Esq. to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Denis Le Marchant, Esq. resigned.
  12. "No. 20836". The London Gazette. 14 March 1848. p. 1020. Whitehall, March 14, 1848. The Queen has been pleased to nominate and appoint the Honourable Charles Edward Pepys to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Leonard Edmunds, Esq. resigned.
  13. "No. 21227". The London Gazette. 15 July 1851. p. 1837. Whitehall, July 11, 1851. The Queen has been pleased to nominate and appoint Charles Romilly, Esq. to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Charles Edward, Earl of Cottenham, resigned.
  14. "No. 24884". The London Gazette. 21 September 1880. p. 4991. Whitehall, September 18, 1880. THE Queen has been pleased to appoint Ralph Charlton Palmer, Esq., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Charles Romilly, Esq., resigned.
  15. "No. 25449". The London Gazette. 6 March 1885. p. 971. THE Queen has been pleased, by Warrant dated the 17th ultimo, to appoint Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, Esq., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Ralph Charlton Parlmer, Esq., resigned.
  16. "No. 29218". The London Gazette. 6 July 1915. p. 6580. The KING has been pleased, by Warrant under His Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 2nd instant, to appoint Sir Claud Schuster to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Kenneth Augustus, Baron Muir Mackenzie, resigned.
  17. "No. 40196". The London Gazette. 4 June 1954. p. 3336. The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 4th instant, to appoint George Phillips Coldstream, Esq., C.B., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of the Honourable Sir Albert Edward Alexander Napier, K.C.B., Q.C, retired.
  18. "No. 44561". The London Gazette. 5 April 1968. p. 4051. The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 1st April, to appoint Denis William Dobson, Esq., C.B., O.B.E., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, in the room of Sir George Phillips Coldstream, K.C.B., Q.C., retired.
  19. "No. 47203". The London Gazette. 22 April 1977. p. 5469. The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 12th April 1977, to appoint John Wilfrid Bourne, Esq., C.B., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in the room of Sir Denis William Dobson, K.C.B, O.B.E., Q.C., who has retired.
  20. "No. 49128". The London Gazette. 4 October 1982. p. 12867. The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing the date 1st October, to appoint Antony Derek Maxwell Oulton, Esquire, C.B., M.A., Ph.D., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in the room of Sir John Wilfred Bourne, K.C.B., Q.C., who has retired.
  21. "No. 51874". The London Gazette. 18 September 1989. p. 10669. THE QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual bearing date 16th September 1989, to appoint Thomas Stuart Legg, Esquire, CB, MA, LLM, to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in the room of Sir Anthony Derek Maxwell Oulton, GCB, QC, MA, PhD, who has retired.
  22. "No. 55095". The London Gazette. 14 April 1998. p. 4204. The Queen has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty’s Royal Sign Manual, bearing date 11th April 1998, to appoint Sir Gerald Hayden Phillips, K.C.B., to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in the room of Sir Thomas Stuart Legg, K.C.B., Q.C., who has retired.
  23. "No. 57422". The London Gazette. 28 September 2004. p. 12223. The following notice is in substitution for that which appeared on page 11898 of The London Gazette dated 21 September 2004: The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty’s Royal Sign Manual, bearing date 2 August 2004, to appoint Alexander Claud Stuart Allan to be Clerk of the Crown in Chancery upon the retirement of Sir Gerald Hayden Phillips GCB.
  24. "No. 58550". The London Gazette. 21 December 2007. p. 18563. The QUEEN has been pleased by Royal Warrant bearing date 10 December 2007, to appoint Sir Sumantra Chakrabarti K.C.B. as the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. G A Bavister
  25. "No. 60213". The London Gazette. 19 July 2012. p. 13896. The QUEEN has been pleased by Royal Warrant bearing date 12 July 2012 to appoint Ursula Mary Brennan as the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery [in succession to Sir Sumantra Chakrabarti, K.C.B.]. G A Bavister
  26. "No. 61347". The London Gazette. 8 September 2015. p. 16778. This notice is in substitution for that which appeared in The Gazette dated 1 September 2015 Notice ID 393095 [...] The Queen has been pleased by Royal Warrant bearing date 1 September 2015 to appoint Richard Nicholas Heaton, Esquire, CB to the Office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. G. A. Bavister
  27. "No. 63246". The London Gazette. 22 January 2021. p. 1110. The Queen has been pleased by Royal Warrant under Her Royal Sign Manual dated 18th January 2021 to appoint Antonia Romeo to the Office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.
  28. Library and Archives Canada: LAC Collection on Politics and Government.