The three towers are a reference to the City of London and its walls, and also our Members role in protecting client’s assets. The blue background symbolises the River Thames, and hence London, the site of much of the Company’s activity. The red and white checkering is a reference to an ancient counting cloth or Scacarium.
Our Company’s Arms were granted in 1979 and then re-granted by our 2012 Royal Charter. They feature griffins, heraldic monsters which are half-eagle and half-lion, traditionally regarded as the guardians of treasure and thus appropriate for accountants. Sir Thomas Browne in 1645 said of griffins that they “defended the mines of gold”.