If you would like to speak to one of the Registry staff, the contact details are as follows:
The Bishop of Ely’s Registry
1 The Sanctuary,
Telephone: 020 7222 5381
Fax: 020 7222 7502
The Chancellor of the Diocese (the judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is His Hon. Judge Anthony Leonard, Q.C., who can be contacted via the Registry’s contact details above.
Registrar – Howard Dellar
Howard Dellar is the Registrar of the Diocese of Ely, succeeding Peter Beesley in 2013.
Howard specialises in charity, ecclesiastical, and education law. 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, Hereford and Liverpool 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 – Michael Fletcher
Michael Fletcher is Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Ely and a partner in Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.
Michael was educated at the King’s School, Canterbury and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read law. He was articled at Lee Bolton & Lee, being admitted as a solicitor in 1982, and becoming a partner in the firm in 1986. Michael is the head of the firm’s private client department and also has considerable experience in the areas of ecclesiastical property and charities. He is the clerk to two almshouse charities in Canterbury, and solicitor to the Worshipful Company of Weavers and the French Hospital, Rochester.
Chief Clerk – Stephen Borton
Stephen Borton is the Chief Clerk and Ecclesiastical Manager for the Registry. He has particular expertise in the law of marriage, the Faculty Jurisdiction and the law relating to clergy appointments, employment and discipline. He has been a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society since 1994 and Deputy Secretary since 2010.
Neil Turpin is an ecclesiastical law 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. 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 has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for the past twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. Susan joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk, in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as the Diocesan Registry. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Other members of the team
Ian Blaney – Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Hereford Diocese
Peter Beesley – Consultant, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; retired Diocesan Registrar
David Whittington – Education Adviser
Tricia Pritchard – Education Consultant
Philip Sergeant – Senior Partner, Commercial and Litigation
Ed Henderson – Partner, Employment, Commercial and Litigation
Clifford Woodroffe – Partner, Litigation
Simon Foulkes – Registry Websites Administrator
About the work of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams Solicitors
Legal Advisers to the Church, charities, schools and to business and private clients for 157 years.
Property Matters: Houses; flats; agricultural property; commercial and industrial premises; Parochial and Diocesan Trust property; landlord and tenant matters; and sharing of Church Buildings.
Ecclesiastical Law: Faculty applications and cases; Church government; and employment and terms of service.
Charities: Constitution; registration; and management.
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 on line.
And: Administration of private trusts; wills and probate; secular litigation; company and partnership law; commercial agreements; trademarks; copyright and intellectual property.