Livery Companies differ greatly in the way in which they acquire members known as Freemen and Liverymen.
For general information on the City of London Livery Companies, a free brochure is issued by the City.
Some Companies do not actively seek new members, some companies exist for particular professions where certain qualifications are required. To join a company you must be sponsored by two or more Liverymen with whom you are known personally. Where a prospective candidate is unacquainted with existing liverymen members, the company Clerk may be able to assist. Candidates should also attend several Company functions with their sponsor(s) to determine that the activities of the livery are for them. They may also enjoy fellowship with other members and determine what the benefits and expectations are.