Ecclesiastical law

Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical law practice is the largest in the North of England. Our Ecclesiastical solicitors advise on all legal problems that face clergy, parishes and dioceses in the Church of England.

Partners David Whitaker, 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.

How we can help

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.

You can contact the individual registries at the following addresses:

Our advice

Prominent areas on which we regularly advise include:

  • Appointment of clergy and employment of staff
  • Marriage law
  • Clergy Discipline Measure
  • Church buildings and the faculty jurisdiction
  • Burial law, memorials and exhumations
  • Parish reorganisation
  • Charities and trusts
  • Church lands, glebe, church houses and church hall

Our solicitors

Churches encounter legal question and challenges which involve secular as well as ecclesiastical law. Our solicitors pair their expert advice with colleagues in other key areas of law – frequently employment, property, charity, data protection and commercial agreements.

Our dispute resolution department has substantial experience in acting for parishes and clergy in litigation over church land and rights of way over land, employment and other disputes.

How we can help

All general enquiries about each diocese, its churches and its clergy should be made to the office of the diocese concerned:

Diocese of Leeds

Church House

17-19 York Place



Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Bishop’s Office

Thie yn Aspick

4 The Falls


The Isle of Man


Diocese of York

The Diocesan Office

Amy Johnson Way


YO30 4XT

Your key contacts


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