If you would like to speak to one of the Registry staff, the contact details are as follows:
The Bishop of Liverpool’s Registry
1 The Sanctuary,
Telephone: 020 7222 5381
DDI: 020 7960 7130
If you wish to enquire regarding the tracing of records for churches in the Diocese (such as for baptisms, marriages and burials), you should first contact the church in question, and then the local archives centre (e.g. Liverpool Central Library for Liverpool city parishes). The Registry does not hold any such records.
The Chancellor of the Diocese
The Chancellor of the Diocese (the judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is His Honour Judge Graham Wood, KC. He can be contacted via the Registry (details as above) for diocesan matters.
Registrar – Howard Dellar
Howard Dellar is Registrar of the Diocese, a post he has held since 2010.
He is head of the Ecclesiastical Education & Charities Department and a Partner at Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. He is Registrar to the Dioceses of Guildford and Ely, and is the Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He is the solicitor to many charitable companies, Maintained schools, Academies, Independent schools and a number of Church of England Diocesan Boards of Finance and Education.
He advises the National Society, the Whitgift Foundation and a number of Multi- Academy trusts.
He is secretary to the Bletchingdon Community Foundation and chair of The Bletchington Charity.
He is chair of The St Mary Magdalen Oxford Restoration and Development Trust.
He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and the Charity Law Association.
Deputy Registrar – Edward Henderson
Ed Henderson is Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Liverpool, Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Derby, and a Partner with Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (LBMW).
Ed trained at LBMW and qualified into the litigation and commercial department. He now has a broad practice split evenly between employment, litigation and commercial law. Ed handles procedural and dispute avoidance work for employers and acts for both employers and employees in employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal. Clients include companies, schools and church dioceses. On the litigation front, Ed’s first case after qualifying was PCC of Aston Cantlow v Wallbanks, the high profile Chancel Repair Liability dispute. He also provides support to the Education, Ecclesiastical and Charities department helping to resolve clergy matters (especially discipline cases) and appearing in the Charities Tribunal. As part of the commercial team Ed also works on the commercial aspects of academy conversions drafting and advising on the articles, funding agreement and commercial transfer agreement.
Neil Turpin is Chief Clerk in the Diocesan Registry who previously worked for 22 years as a residential property lawyer. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999. Neil joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2011, as a clerk in the Ecclesiastical Department, also working in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury currently as Chief Clerk. He is a member of the Association of Diocesan Registry Clerks and the Ecclesiastical Law Society. Until the end of 2012 Neil was a long-serving churchwarden and sacristan at a church in Southampton.
Susan Black joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Diocesan Registries. She has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Patrick Roberts joined the Firm in May 2016 and works as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the diocesan registries of the Bishops of Ely, Liverpool and Guildford. Patrick holds a PhD in English Literature. Patrick is also a contributing editor to the UK Poetry Archive, and works in his spare time as a reviewer and critic. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Kevin Diamond joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in January 2018 as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Diocesan Registries. He worked for 22 years in various roles with the Archbishops’ Council’s National Church Institutions in Westminster, most recently having completed 13 years as a National Adviser for Selection for Ordained Ministry. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Other members of the team
About the work of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams Solicitors
Legal Advisers to the Church, charities, schools and to business and private clients since 1855.
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Ecclesiastical Law: Faculty applications and cases, Church government, and employment and terms of service.
Charities: Constitution, registration, and management. Charity Answers is a web-resource offering legal information and the opportunity to question our team of specialists online.
Education: Voluntary and independent Schools and Academies; finance and management; personnel matters, School sites and reverter. Education Answers is a web-resource offering legal information and the opportunity to question our team of specialists online.
And: Administration of private trusts, wills and probate, secular litigation, company and partnership law, commercial agreements, trademarks, copyright and intellectual property.