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Pump Court Chambers

Ecclesiastical Law

3 ranked barristersBand 2All CircuitsUK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Pump Court Chambers houses a group of barristers with established expertise in the consistory courts and the Court of Arches. They are well versed in handling religious discrimination and human rights cases, church property and relic matters, and employment and discipline work as it relates to the clergy.

Client service:

"The clerks are all good and very efficient." Jonathan Cue, senior civil clerk, is the key contact for this area.

Strengths:

Justin Gau
Justin Gau is a respected junior whose practice spans the full scope of ecclesiastical law. He is Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol and Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of Lincoln and Bath and Wells. Gau has also appeared in the consistory courts as an advocate and in the Court of Appeal as an ecclesiastical law expert.
"He has a strong reputation as a skilful and respected advocate, and is noted for being highly accessible to those that instruct him."
Recent work: Actied in re Jesus College, Cambridge, a case concerning opposition to a petition to remove a memorial of an alleged slave trader from the college chapel.

Strengths:

Mark Ruffell
Mark Ruffell is a leading junior in the ecclesiastical law space. He is Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester and Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester, and is also instructed by petitioners and parties opponent in the consistory courts. He is particularly skilled in faculty proceedings regarding church buildings.
"Extremely conscientious and extraordinarily well organised."

Strengths:

Ruth Arlow
Ruth Arlow is an eminent practitioner with an unusually broad and well-respected ecclesiastical practice. She is Chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury and Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of London. She regularly appears in the consistory courts, the Court of Arches and Clergy Discipline Tribunals.
"Adopts a pastoral approach, which is really important in ecclesiastical matters. She has a real sympathy for and understanding of the issues facing parish churches and the clergy."
Recent work: Acted in re Longthorpe, St Botolph, advising and negotiating on behalf of the parish on an appeal to the Court of Arches against the grant of a faculty for a major reordering scheme.

Ecclesiastical Law

Pump Court Chambers

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Location

3 Pump Court

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 7AJ

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Mark Ruffell
Band 2