Ecclesiastical Solicitors & Ecclesiastical Law
Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical law practice is the largest in the north of England. With over 30 years’ experience in this specialist and technical area of law, our Ecclesiastical Solicitors can advise on all issues and legal problems that face clergy, parishes and dioceses in the Church of England.
Partners Louise Connacher and Peter Foskett are recognised specialists in the field of ecclesiastical law, and Lupton Fawcett is pleased to be able to support their respective appointments in the Church of England.
Our partners have a renowned expertise and experience in church legal business covering issues such as land, burial grounds, church buildings, clergy housing, appointments, employment, church charities and ecclesiastical law is available to all denominations, especially the Church of England. For further information please click on the links to the left of this page or email:
- Diocese of Sodor and Man: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diocese of Leeds: email@example.com
- Diocese of York: firstname.lastname@example.org
At our York office:
Louise Connacher is the Registrar for the Diocese of York and Provincial Registrar for the Province of York and Legal Secretary to the Archbishop of York. David Whitaker is the Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of York.
At our Leeds office:
Peter Foskett is Registrar of the Diocese of Leeds and supported by deputy registrars David Whitaker and Angela Gorton.
Louise Connacher is the Registrar of the Diocese of Sodor and Man and Deputy Registrar in the Diocese of Blackburn.
Our Ecclesiastical Law Department is supported by legal secretaries and clerks at our York and Leeds offices.
Together, Louise and Peter are available to provide in these three dioceses support and assistance to
- 1299 churches
- 710 clergy
- 943 parishes
- 9 archdeacons
- 11 bishops
(The statistics are drawn from the Church of England Yearbook 2015)
Prominent areas in which we regularly advise and act/can help include:
- appointment of clergy and employment staff
- marriage law
- church buildings and the faculty jurisdiction
- burial law, memorials and exhumations
- parish reorganisation
- charities and trusts
- church lands, glebe, church houses and church halls
Churches encounter legal question and challenges which involve secular as well as ecclesiastical law. Louise and Peter pair their expert advice with colleagues in other key areas of law – frequently employment, property, charity, company regulatory such as data protection, and commercial agreements.
The dispute resolution department at York has substantial experience in acting for parishes and clergy in litigation over church land and rights of way over land, employment and other disputes.
Bringing together legal experience and expertise from more than one area when necessary, means you can be assured you will receive a fully considered perspective to the issues faced.
Although the Ecclesiastical Department is much engaged on work for the three dioceses of which the Partners are diocesan registrars and bishop’s legal secretaries, we are available to advise clergy, parishes, boards and councils in other dioceses (as long as there is no conflict of interest).
We are also pleased to advise and assist clergy and administrators of Christian denominations other than the Church of England.
For further information please click on the links below:
- Provincial Registry
- Diocesan Registry – York
- Diocesan Registry – Leeds
- Diocesan Registry – Sodor and Man
- Overseas Clergy
General enquiries concerning the diocese
All general enquiries about the diocese, its churches and its clergy should be made to the office of the diocese concerned:
Diocese of York
The Diocesan Office
Diocese of Sodor and Man
The Bishop’s Office
Thie yn Aspick
4 The Falls
The Isle of Man
Diocese of Leeds
Enquiries concerning the geographical boundaries of ecclesiastical parishes
To locate a church near you, visit the website www.acny.org.uk. Enter your postcode and then click the location of your house to see the basic details for the parish in which you reside and the neighbouring ones.
Cathedral and Minster enquiries
Enquiries concerning services, concerts, facilities, exhibitions at Cathedrals and Minsters should be made direct to the Cathedral or Minster concerned:
1 Stott Hill
Liberty Court House
8-10 Westmoreland Street
St German’s Cathedral
Sodor and Man
The Isle of Man
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Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York. We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times. Within every area of law, we put your interests first. We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems. Lupton Fawcett have long been recognised for our expertise in Ecclesiastical Law.