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Francis Taylor Building

Ecclesiastical Law

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Francis Taylor Building leads the way in the field of ecclesiastical law, offering the strongest concentration of experts of any set. Its barristers, many of whom hold positions as Chancellors or Deputy Chancellors in various dioceses, are noted experts on all matters ecclesiastical law related, and many of them have written extensively on the subject. They are instructed by both the Church of England and private parties and are regulars in all the important cases of the day such as the Christ Church Spitalfields dispute concerning the erection of a building in a consecrated churchyard. Instructing solicitors say this is “a consistently well-run set with first-rate advocates to the fore.” “All the barristers here are very thoughtful, reflective and effective.”

Client service:

"The set is run on a highly professional basis and the clerks are very helpful." Paul Coveney is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Cain Ormondroyd
Respected practitioner who approaches ecclesiastical cases within the context of a wider public and planning practice. He is Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester and is also regularly instructed as an advocate in the consistory courts. He appears primarily on behalf of petitioners.
"Conducts himself at all times in a polite, considered, approachable and highly intelligent manner. He is completely on top of his brief and his advocacy is impeccable."
Recent work: Acted in Re St Saviour's Nottingham, appearing for the petitioners in a case about alleged commercial/secular use of a soft play facility and cafe in a church.

Strengths:

Gregory Jones QC
Both Deputy Chancellor of Manchester and Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Truro, he is an expert on a number of areas of ecclesiastical law including those concerning clergy discipline, church reorganisation and the disposal of church assets.
"A good team player with a razor-sharp brain whose technical expertise is impressive."
Recent work: Acted in Re St Mary's Upton (or Overchurch), a case concerning a proposed new church centre development costing £1.6 million.

Strengths:

Mark Hill QC
The acknowledged leader in the field, with an exceptional reputation as an advocate, chancellor and scholar. He is Chancellor of the Dioceses of Chichester, West Yorkshire and the Dales, and Gibraltar, as well as Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of York and Blackburn. He routinely appears in both the civil and consistory courts on a wide array of matters.
"He is the pre-eminent person in this field, and enjoyable to work with." "He is second to none."
Recent work: Appeared in the Re Christ Church Spitalfields, the leading case of recent times. Hill was instructed to challenge the erection of a building in a consecrated churchyard and seek a restoration order under Section 13(5) of the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991.

Strengths:

Morag Ellis QC
Commissary General of the Diocese of Canterbury, Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark and a member of the Panel of Chairs for Clergy Disciplinary Tribunals. She has a real depth of experience in planning matters with an ecclesiastical aspect to them.
"A good performer who is very confident and in charge of everything."
Recent work: Advised Manchester MBC on the status of both the city's St Ann's churchyard and the highway surrounding the church in connection with potential faculty restoration order proceedings to be brought in relation to an outdoor cafe in the former churchyard.

Strengths:

Philip Petchey
Highly respected ecclesiastical lawyer who is Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark and Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Guildford. He has a particular depth of expertise in ecclesiastical matters with planning or property aspects to them. He also has experience of cases relating to exhumation and the ordination of women.
"Offers an outstanding service" and "shows great attention to detail."

Ecclesiastical Law Department

Francis Taylor Building

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Francis Taylor Building

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Gregory Jones QC
Band 2
Mark Hill QC
Band 1
Morag Ellis QC
Band 2

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Cain Ormondroyd
Band 2
Philip Petchey
Band 1