Church of England Dioceses are complex organisations, each with a unique history and Christian mission at the heart of what it does. Diocese expect the best advice to assist them to operate as effectively as possible and to allow them to implement new initiatives, whilst at the same time effectively furthering the mission of the Church of England and the Dioceses' own mission.
Our team of legal advisers understand the many relationships within each Dioceses, its constituent bodies and their committees, the Clergy, Parochial Church Councils and parishioners, and are always available to give prompt, practical legal advice and support.
The Diocesan Registry is led by Jos Moule, Diocesan Registrar, supported by a team of lawyers. The team advises on all aspects of ecclesiastical law including marriage, the faculty jurisdiction, pastoral re-organisation, Clergy discipline, the ordination and appointment of Clergy and Church land and property. Jos and the team are based at our offices in Bristol.
Where specialist legal input is required, the Registry is supported by a wider, dedicated team. This includes our nationally recognised charities team, who have wide-ranging experience in advising on charity law and regulation, trusts and endowment.
Our team provides prompt, relevant and practical advice to a wide range of people involved with a Diocese.
Our approach allows us to identify common issues and difficulties and allows our team to share general advice of particular importance across a Diocese. This can range from the eligibility of charity trustees to chancel repair liability. We also run practical training seminars on a variety of specialist subjects.
Our charging arrangements with each Diocese allow our legal services to be as accessible as possible, including, where relevant, to Parishes. We are always transparent about costs and timing at the outset and throughout a matter.
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.