About Louise

Louise has been practising law for over 25 years, initially solely in the employment field, and more recently also as an ecclesiastical lawyer.

Ecclesiastical law

Louise’s ecclesiastical law practice includes work as a Diocesan Registrar and as the Acting Provincial Registrar for the North of England.  She advises on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Faculty matters
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR/data protection in the ecclesiastical context
  • The ordination and licensing of clergy
  • The appointment and consecration of Bishops
  • Pastoral reorganisation
  • Occasional offices – baptism, marriage and funerals
  • Churchyards including memorials and exhumation
  • Matters relating to PCCs and churchwardens
  • Clergy discipline

Louise’s appointments include:

  • Registrar of the Diocese of Sodor and Man
  • Acting Registrar of the Diocese of York
  • Acting Registrar of the Province of York
  • Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Leeds
  • Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Blackburn

She also acts for individual clients on matters such as safeguarding, clergy discipline and data protection.

Louise regularly delivers seminars and training for ecclesiastical clients, including IME training for clergy, training for churchwardens, and workshops on GDPR/data protection in the ecclesiastical context.  She is an ILM-accredited trainer.

Employment law

Louise handholds clients through a whole spectrum of employment law issues, from recruitment right to termination, including:

Most of Louise’s clients are employers, but she does also advise and support senior executives.  She has particular expertise in the charity and education sectors.  Her clients include Bradford Grammar School, the Grammar School at Leeds, Puma, PWS, Mamas and Papas and ITW.

Louise speaks regularly at seminars, both at the firm’s events and as a guest speaker for external organisations.  She is an ILM-accredited trainer and her seminars are practical and jargon-free.  She is consistently rated as “excellent” by delegates.  She has appeared in the local press and on BBC Radio and TV as an employment law expert.  She is listed as a key individual in her field in the Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK directories.

When not at work

Louise’s perfect day out would be to indulge in her unusual hobby of church bell ringing during the morning, before walking to a country pub where she would then quench her thirst with some Yorkshire-brewed real ale. Her greatest achievement outside of work has been leading a £63,000 project to restore the 18th-century bells of her local church to full working order with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. She is also a Kindle addict and loves to curl up with a good e-book.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Ecclesiastical Law Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association

Sectors that Louise is involved in:

Charities and Social Enterprises, Charity Tax, Ecclesiastical Law, Education, Hotels, Diocesan Registry Sodor & Man, Academy Conversions and Projects, Chancel Repair Liability, Diocesan Registry Leeds, Diocesan Registry York, Ecclesiastical Experience and Expertise, Education Tax, Emergency Faculty Work, Faculty Matters, Getting Married In Church, Independent Schools, Legal Help for Churchwardens, Legal support for Schools and Academies, Overseas Clergy, Provincial Registry

Accreditations / Awards

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. The most significant effect of the legislation was improved employment rights for disabled people

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 12th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Business Sales and Employees

When a business is sold the buyer and seller both have obligations under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. The Regulations are designed

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 11th February 2019

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Are vegans protected by discrimination legislation?

Veganism is taking centre stage in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”); where it was reported earlier this month that an ET has been asked to decide

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 10th December 2018

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Subject Access Requests under the GDPR – how are you coping in the education sector?

Changes introduced by the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 have increased the time pressure on schools and academies that have to respond to Subject

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 20th August 2018

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Subject Access Requests under the GDPR – how are you coping?

Changes introduced by the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 have increased the time pressure on organisations that have to respond to Subject Access Requests (“

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 7th August 2018

Religious and other beliefs: New guidance issued by ACAS

As Eid is celebrated by Muslims across the UK, many employers will have to deal with the question of time off for religious festivals.

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 15th June 2018

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – the latest on shared parental leave

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") has just resolved a difficult conundrum that had resulted in conflicting decisions in the Employment Tribunal ("ET").

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 13th April 2018

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

The thorny issue of holiday pay for part-time term-time workers

The issue of how to calculate statutory holiday pay for part-time term-time workers has recently been considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal with surprising results.

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 12th March 2018

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Data protection doesn’t apply to agricultural businesses – does it?

Recent changes to legislation mean that data protection law is something that agricultural businesses have to take seriously.

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 4th January 2018

Data protection – new changes which will shock employers

Can an employer be liable for its rogue employee’s data breach?

Mr Skelton was employed by Morrisons as a Senior IT Consultant. He was not at all happy when Morrisons gave him a verbal warning for

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 13th December 2017

Automatic Unfair Dismissal - does there have to be an actual breach of statutory right or is the threat of infringement enough?

Suspension is a neutral act – true or false?

A recent High Court decision casts doubt over the use of suspension in disciplinary proceedings.

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 17th October 2017

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Sex discrimination in voluntary aided faith schools

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider the issue of sex segregation in co-educational faith schools.

Pencil iconBy Louise Connacher on 17th October 2017

I have worked with Louise for over 15+ years in my various HR director roles at Rotherham TEC, Vocalink and now Costcutter. She gives commercial and pragmatic advice on complex issues, responds swiftly, and above all works in partnership with me and the rest of the team.

Wendy Taylor, Human Resources Director

Costcutter

When Louise says she will get back to you she does - every time. Whether you are an employer or an employee (or even from the media and seeking some expert opinion) I would not hesitate to recommend Louise.

David Ross, Managing Director

Valeos Ltd

Louise is a professional of the highest calibre whose knowledge of employment law is second to none. There are of course many lawyers out there who also have a good level of knowledge in the same subject. However what always impresses me about Louise is how she applies her expertise. She links her main speciality - employment law - to her substantial commercial knowledge and awareness. This is then married to some very astute tactical thinking, resulting in superb results for her clients. Louise's service delivery is also highly impressive.

David Ross

Clients note that "She's very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, personable and happy to answer questions."

Chambers & Partners UK 2016

Louise is incredibly knowledgeable and commercially focused in the advice she gives and service she provides. She takes time to understand her client's actual needs and that is what makes her stand out from other employment lawyers I have worked with; she gives honest practical advice and not text book answers. I can read the books myself and have an understanding of employment law as a HR professional, what Louise brings is a wider appreciation and execution of the law in an easy to follow manner and in her personable style. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.

Catriona Macdonald, Human Resources

Threedom Solutions Limited

I have had the pleasure of working with Louise Connacher as my primary employment law advisor for over seven years, both in my role as Regional HR Director for Johnston Press, inclusive of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and in my capacity as an independent HR Consultant within such businesses as Seabrook Crisps and KD Engineering Ltd.

1990

Graduated in law from Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Qualified as a Solicitor

Joined Lupton Fawcett to establish the Employment Law Department

Promoted to Associate

Promoted to Partner

Awarded ILM Exceptional Trainer Certificate

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