Churches & Religious Charities.
Our independent legal advisors can provide specific advice and manage legal obligations for Churches and Religious Charities.
Churches and Religious Charities need unique legal support.
We understand the legal obligations.
Our specialist team have acted as independent legal advisers to the Bishop of Lichfield and the Diocese of Lichfield for 30 years. Responsible for providing advice to the Bishop and senior clergy and to the Diocese and its Synod and Board of Finance; they also advise parishes, their clergy and lay officers.
FBCMB has acted as independent legal advisers to the Bishop of Lichfield and the Diocese of Lichfield for 30 years.
Andrew Wynne is the Lichfield Diocesan Registrar and the Registry Assistants are Pauline Hollington and Philip Collins. Together they are responsible for providing advice to the Bishop and senior clergy and to the Diocese and its Synod and Board of Finance; they also advise parishes, their clergy and lay officers.
The main work of the Registry, apart from specific advice on particular legal questions, are:
The licensing of clergy who operate in the Diocese;
The consecration or licensing of buildings used for public worship;
The management of the system of Patronage dealing with the presentation of appropriate candidates to the Bishop for appointment as Rectors or Vicars;
The management of the legal aspects of vacancies in Benefices (that is, when incumbents leave) or the suspension of the right to present a candidate to fill a vacancy;
Advice on church law relating to baptism, marriage and burial, including the grant of common marriage licences to those who are unable to marry under Banns, for whatever reason.
Advice about the regulations concerning Pastoral Schemes altering benefices, parishes or the status of consecrated land.
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Our team of specialist charity lawyers have extensive experience of delivering practical, commercial advice and legal solutions to charities and not for profit organisations to enable them to operate successfully, and effectively meet their beneficiaries’ needs.
- Stuart Rea
If you operate in the Charities and Not-For-Profit sector and need legal advice or would simply like to find out more about how we can help you, please get in touch.
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Stuart Rea handled our unusual and complex matter with professionalism. He understood what we wanted to achieve and gave us very clear guidance on our legal position - even though we did not necessarily want to hear the advice it was essential to our charity understanding our legal position and therefore making lawful decisions. He also worked to the very tight timescales that we needed.
Excellent service which enabled the Charity to achieve its timetable for the complicated transfer of assets at an affordable price for a small community run charity.