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Ecclesiastical Law

Trusted guidance, advice and advocacy for charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, religious groups and faith-based organisations.


Ecclesiastical Law is a highly specialised area of legal practice. There are comparatively few solicitors or law firms in the country who can hold themselves out as specialists in the law for the Church of England. Our Managing Director’s long-time involvement with his local parish, including sitting on his local church’s PCC, provides valuable and practical insights into effectively assisting churches, clergy and parochial church councils.

With specialised expertise in ecclesiastical law and Church of England legislation, our lawyers advise on:

  • Parish and diocesan governance
  • Clergy employment and safeguarding
  • Property & boundary disputes
  • Restrictive covenant issues (e.g. enforceability & encroachment)
  • Land tribunal matters
  • Issues with neighbouring land
  • Disputed wills and inheritance issues
  • Wills, inheritance and trust disputes
  • Regulatory compliance for charities
  • UK GDPR/data protection
  • Supplier and service contracts and disputes

We offer guidance on ecclesiastical issues and leverage our strengths in charity law, real estate, dispute resolution, private client services and other practices critical to churches.

Contact us to discuss how we can provide expert counsel and practical guidance on legal matters for your church.