Timothy Briden

From a successful background in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, Timothy Briden has developed an additional specialist practice in ecclesiastical law leading to his appointment as a Diocesan Chancellor and Vicar-General of the Province of Canterbury.

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Timothy regularly appears in the Ecclesiastical Courts and in the High Court and Court of Appeal in church – related cases.  In addition, Timothy undertakes litigation and advisory work for public authorities and individuals concerning the law of burial and cremation.

Related cases of interest

Re St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne [1996] Fam 63 — Removal of window by Pugin – Court of Arches.

Re St Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall Regis [1995] Fam 179 — Church extension, disturbance of human remains – Court of Arches.

Re St Luke the Evangelist, Maidstone [1995] Fam 1 — Alterations to church; guidelines – Court of Arches.

Re West Norwood Cemetery [1994] Fam 210 and [1998] Fam 84 — Municipal cemetery; faculty jurisdiction – Consistory Court.

Re St James, Shirley [1994] Fam 134 — Font – Consistory Court.

Re Tonbridge School Chapel (No 2) [1993] Fam 281 — Private chapel; faculty jurisdiction – Consistory Court.

Re All Saints, Melbourne [1990] 1 WLR 833 — Church extension – Court of Arches.

Re Radcliffe Infirmary Burial Ground [2011] PTSR 1508 — Consecrated burial ground; exhumation to permit redevelopment of site – Disused Burial Grounds Act 1884.
Related publications
Moore’s Introduction to English Canon Law (4th edition 2013) — Editor
Editor, Macmorran’s Handbook for Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councillors

Lectures on ecclesiastical topics include

“Burial Plots – Issues of ownership and control” in Central Law Training conference
“What Property Lawyers need to know about church land” (2011, 2012)
“All in Decent Order: Maintenance of Closed Churchyards and Inscriptions on Monuments” (International Cremation and Burial Conference, 2011)
“Safety and conservation of monuments: the legal perspective” (Cremation and Burial Conference 2010)
“The Office of Vicar General” (Ecclesiastical Law Society London Lecture Series, 2006)
“Local Authorities working with the Church of England” (Grounds for Burial Conference, 2005)

Timothy acts for Claimants and Defendants in all types of personal injury and fatal accident claims, including asbestos cases.  He is also experienced in the areas of clinical negligence and Health and Safety prosecutions.

Timothy accepts CFA instructions in appropriate civil cases.

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