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Neil is a Chartered Legal Executive working in the Ecclesiastical Education and Charities Department. He is the Senior Clerk working in the Diocesan Registries which are based at LBMW advising on all aspects of both ecclesiastical and secular law as it relates to parishes.
Neil is able to provide advice across a broad range of areas that clergy and laity are likely to come across in their roles; he has a particular expertise in the regulations around clergy licensing and the law of marriage as it applies to the Church of England and Church in Wales. He regularly leads training seminars for both clergy and churchwardens in relation to their legal duties and responsibilities. His own position as a former churchwarden and sacristan at his local church and now being married to a Church of England priest all provide him with valuable insights into the workings of parochial life enabling him to offer legal advice which is both practical and pastorally sensitive.
Neil qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1999. Some of his career highlights to date include:
- Advising a high-profile celebrity couple on their options to be married in their local parish church but without any unwanted attendant publicity.
- Advising a Bishop and Archdeacon on the clergy licensing aspects of an innovative pastoral reorganisation scheme.
- Advising a Vicar on a complex and pastorally sensitive matter relating to her parish churchyard.
- Providing training and advice to newly ordained clergy in all aspects of Church of England marriage law.
Career to date
Neil joined LBMW in 2011 having worked for 22 years for large law firms in Tunbridge Wells and then Southampton undertaking all aspects of residential property work. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and the Association of Diocesan Registry Clerks. Neil is also Chief Clerk of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Faculty Office.