Church & Ecclesiastical Disputes

The Church and Ecclesiastical team are experts in all dealing with and resolving all manner of disputes concerning the church and its property, including, but not limited to, property disputes, disputed faculties, reverter and chancel repairs.  We routinely act for both Petitioner and Respondent in relation to disputed faculties and, whilst we have a proud record of settling such disputes, we are fully prepared and equipped to conduct a full trail in the Consistory Court.  In the "employment" sphere we advise on common tenure and the interpretation of other contractual relationships.

We act for a number of Diocesan Boards of Finance and are regularly instructed in protecting their property interests, which includes anything from seeking possession of residential premises to conducting major trials in the High Court concerning fishing rights.

We also have particular expertise in ecclesiastical and clergy discipline and employment issues.

Our dispute resolution department works closely with our colleagues in the ecclesiastical department and so we perfectly understand our client's needs on a case by case basis.