The Remembrancer is one of the City of London’s Chief Officers and the role dates back to 1571. His traditional role is as the channel of communications between the Lord Mayor and the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City's Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.
The Remembrancer’s department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London's interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office’s objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Functions staged range from small receptions to major state dinners. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.
The current Remembrancer is Paul Double. He joined the City of London from the Bar and earlier government service. His recent work in Parliament has centred on the legislation to implement the changes to the City's electoral system.
In an opinion piece in The Guardian Newspaper, George Monbiot made the following criticism. The Remembrancer is in nature an unelected and unaccountable superior imposition upon the citizens of the UK:
- "The City of London is the only part of Britain over which parliament has no authority. In one respect at least the Corporation acts as the superior body: it imposes on the House of Commons a figure called the remembrancer: an official lobbyist who sits behind the Speaker’s chair and ensures that, whatever our elected representatives might think, the City’s rights and privileges are protected."
This criticism is from an article where the wider context is the medieval and unreformed nature of The Corporation of The City of London, where the remembrancer is included as another of its anachronisms.
The article continues:
"Several governments have tried to democratise the City of London but all, threatened by its financial might, have failed. As Clement Attlee lamented, "over and over again we have seen that there is in this country another power than that which has its seat at Westminster." "
However, in the view of his critics[who?], Monbiot fails to provide any instances of the Remembrancer overruling parliament and fails to explain why, if parliament has no authority there, the City requested a private Act of Parliament in 2002 to modernise its system of local elections; an Act which inter alia notes that "The objects of this Act cannot be attained without the authority of Parliament".
The global civic organization Avaaz launched a campaign for the abolition of the post of City Remembrancer in March 2013. They claimed the post gave privileged access to parliament for the bankers of the city of London. Their campaign was entitled "Kick bankers out of parliament". 
- (English) "The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of London is ripe for protest". The Guardian. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- (English) "City of London (Ward Elections) Act 2002". Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. 7 November 2002.
- Avaaz, accessed 26 March 2013
- City Remembrancer's Office, City of London