Ian Blaney

Ian Blaney

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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 (including academy conversions) and maintained schools, the Education Acts, the law of reverter;
  • charity property, acquisition, development and disposal, and trusts of land;
  • burial law, churchyards and cemeteries and the post-death treatment of human remains; and
  • all matters relating to the Church of England.


Ian has been a solicitor since 2013 but has worked in the field of ecclesiastical law since 2005. Cases in recent years include:

  • amalgamating a village hall and church school charity and facilitating the building of a joint-use school and village hall building on a new site;
  • pursuing an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Act to safeguard the right of the Archbishop of Canterbury to award degrees; and
  • making a successful application to release the remains of the late Captain Flinders (who circumnavigated and first named Australia), dug up at Euston Station, to his family for burial.

Career to date

  • Is the author of respected publications on the law of marriage, ecclesiastical law and the law of burial and cremation and has a detailed knowledge of the law of school sites and trusts.
  • Is the Registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln and the Bishop of Derby and a notary public for ecclesiastical purposes.
  • Is Deputy Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Is Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Guildford.
  • Out of work is 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.
  • Was an ecclesiastical clerk in LBMW and the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2005 until 2011.
  • He holds an LL.B in law, a further LL.M in Canon Law and an M.A in History (Cantab).


'Ian Blaney has consistently provided high quality advice in multi-layered matters where acumen coupled with experience are required to solve problems. His knowledge of education and charity legislation has helped to protect the long-term assets that we manage. Ian has a good grasp of the wider educational landscape and provides clear and concise advice. He has a patient and professional manner.'

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