Ian Blaney

Ian Blaney


Ian acts for a wide range of charitable organisations, with a particular focus on ecclesiastical and education law.

His practice extends to:-
- the establishment and regulation of charities;
- academies set up under the Academies Act 2010, particularly in the conversion of maintained schools to academies in relation to which he has been involved in over 100 projects;
- charity property, acquisition, development and disposal, and trusts of land; and
- all matters relating to the Church of England.

Ian was educated at Alsager School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read history. Ian subsequently studied the law both in London and in Cardiff.

Ian was an ecclesiastical clerk in Lee Bolton Monier-Williams from 2005 until 2011, working in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the diocesan registries of the Bishops of Ely, Guildford, Hereford and Liverpool. After a brief spell in China he completed a training contract with Lee Bolton Monier-Williams and qualified into the ecclesiastical, educational and charity department. He has acted for a wide range of institutional and private clients.

He has contributed to respected publications on the law of marriage, ecclesiastical property, and burial law and cremation and has a detailed knowledge of the law of school sites and trusts.

Ian is the Registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln and a notary public for ecclesiastical purposes.

He is Deputy Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Deputy Registrar of the Hereford and Guildford Dioceses, a Governor of St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Hornsey, a member of the Hornsey St Mary and St George Parochial Church Council and a trustee of the Friends of the Church in China.

Interests include running, the parish churches of England, and foreign travel when off the beaten track.