LBMW currently acts as Registrars for four dioceses as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Faculty Office, and as legal counsel to the National Society and the Church of England's Board of Education. We have provided legal advice and support for over 160 years to the Church of England and, in recent years, to almost every Anglican diocese throughout England and Wales on a range of legal matters.

An Integral Part of Our Firm

At the very heart of our practice, since the firm's inception in 1855, is the ecclesiastical department, and it is for this work that the firm is particularly highly regarded. LBMW currently acts as the Diocesan Registrars of Ely, Guildford, Hereford and Liverpool. The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury is also based at 1 The Sanctuary, which provides unrivalled specialist knowledge of the law of Anglican marriage and also regulates the notarial profession in England and Wales and elsewhere.

Furthermore, we currently advise and act for 38 of the 44 Church of England dioceses in England as well as in Wales, advising on education and property matters in addition to trusts, constitutional and other more esoteric challenges faced by the Anglican Church throughout the country. We are also heavily involved in educational work for Wales at both diocesan and provincial level, including advice on Bills going through the Welsh Assembly and advising and commenting on education legislation (Bills and statutory instruments) for England. In all these matters, our experience and understanding of such issues is unparalleled.

Our Wider Practice

The ecclesiastical work of the firm is closely linked with all elements of the firm's wider practice and is much valued and supported by all of the firm's partners, fee earners and support staff. Those that work within the department offer a vocational commitment to the work they do alongside their technical expertise and quality of service. Because of this, we can offer a comprehensive and holistic legal package to our clients.

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