Church of England Dioceses are complex organisations, each with a unique history and mission at the heart of what it does. Dioceses expect the best, commercially focussed advice from us to assist and support them to run the organisation and operate as effectively as possible, allowing them to effectively further the mission of the Church of England within the Diocese and beyond.
We have significant experience of advising Dioceses and their constituent bodies and committees, their clergy and lay workers, parochial church councils, church officers and parishioners.
We can provide expert legal advice to Dioceses on all aspects of their operations. Our specialist ecclesiastical lawyers are knowledgeable and understand the interplay between secular law and ecclesiastical and canon law. We provide Dioceses with prompt, practical and pragmatic advice, which is sensitive to the specific roles and relationships within the Church of England and other relevant pastoral considerations.
Our Registry team is led by Jos Moule, the Diocesan Registrar. Jos is supported by a team of lawyers who advise on all aspects of ecclesiastical law including marriage, burial, the faculty jurisdiction, pastoral reorganisation, clergy appointments, clergy discipline, consecration and church land and buildings.
Our experience allows us to identify common issues and difficulties and allows our team to share general advice of particular importance across the Diocese. This can range from the eligibility of charity trustees to chancel repair liability, the sale of church land and buildings and endowment.
We also run practical training seminars on a variety of specialist subjects.
The quality of service is strong, but always balanced with a practical viewpoint. Advice is therefore not excessively legalistic and can be implemented more easily than would be possible with a more technical approach.