We have a special interest in ecclesiastical law – particularly the law relating to the Church of England.

One of our directors, Jeremy Wilding, is due to take up the appointment of Hereford Diocesan Registrar with effect from August 2020. He will also be assisted by Melanie Tree and Rachael Hughes, who are to act as Deputy Registrars.

The Diocesan Registry is the legal office for the Diocese of Hereford, which covers all of Herefordshire, the southern half of Shropshire and some parishes in parts of Powys.

The main areas of work which are undertaken in a Diocesan Registry include:

  • Advice
    The giving of Advice to Bishops, Archdeacons, Diocesan Boards, Committees and Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils and dealing with general enquiries from Members of the Public in relation to marriage, baptism, burial and other matters of Ecclesiastical Law.

  • Appointments
    Preparation of Licences, Permissions, Institutions, Collation documents for all Clergy and some lay appointments within the Diocese.

  • Diocesan Records
    The maintenance of records relating to Churches, Clergy etc.

  • Faculties
    The granting of Faculties to authorise changes or alterations to Churches and Burial Grounds.

  • Marriage Licences
    The issue of Common Marriage Licences under the provisions of the 1949 Marriage Act.

  • Patronage
    Maintenance of a Register of Patrons of parishes within the Diocese.

  • Charity Advice
    Advice on charity law, including the setting up of new charities.