About Louise

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

Ecclesiastical law

Louise’s ecclesiastical law practice includes work as a Diocesan Registrar and as the 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
  • Registrar of the Diocese of York
  • 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.

Professional Societies

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

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.

Sectors that Louise is involved in:

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

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Accreditations / Awards

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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