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Cost Disputes

Our costs specialists undertake the full range of costs work. We have extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious costs matters and litigation arising out of retainers and costs arrangements, including CFAs, CCFAs and third party funding arrangements. Our members have wide experience of costs litigation at all levels.

Our barristers have been involved in advising on and drafting standard, mixed and retrospective CFAs. They have also assisted in the creation, protection and challenging of block arrangements for costs or disbursements.

We are also experienced in the coverage issues that arise in relation to legal expenses insurance and after the event (ATE) policies and also the problems that can arise as to the recovery of ATE insurance premiums.

Who we act for

  • Arbitrators, adjudicators and ADR professionals
  • Legal expenses and ATE insurers
  • Parties in litigation, arbitration or ADR
  • Solicitors

Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical law is the law administered by the courts and other bodies of the Church of England.

Members of the team advise in all matters concerning the ecclesiastical law of the Church of England with a particular emphasis on advice and representation in faculty proceedings in Consistory Courts and the Court of Arches, and Clergy Discipline Tribunals. The team is also experienced in religious liberty claims under the Human Rights Act.

What we do:

  • Advice on powers and duties of diocese, deaneries, parishes, vicar, churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils, particularly with regard to church land and buildings, acquisition or disposal of assets, funds held on trust, elections, organisation of parishes, appointment and removal of clergy and of other office holders and staff.
  • Advice on general and civil law as it relates to churches, clergy and church employees, especially employment law, child protection, licensing, trusts and charity law, contract law and negligence.
  • Advice in relation to faculty jurisdiction.
  • Representation at proceedings before ecclesiastical courts and on ecclesiastical matters in civil and criminal courts
  • Advice on rights and duties of clergy with freehold or common tenure.
  • Advice on clergy conditions of appointment.
  • Advice and representation in clergy unfair dismissal claims.
  • Advice on clergy housing issues.
  • Advice to diocese Human Resources Advisors, clergy and church employees (Organists, youth workers, church administrators) on appointments, review, performance management, ministerial development, discipline, capability and grievance matters, change management, health and safety and occupational health issues.

Education

We frequently advise local education authorities (LEAs) on questions of the organisation of education provision and on the powers of schools and LEAs.  Our barristers are also involved in wider aspects of education and community care, beyond their core legal practice.

Our experienced team of barristers accepts instructions from parents, NGOs including charities, schools, colleges, universities and Local Education Authorities and school governing bodies, both from the maintained and the independent sectors.


Barristers

Joanna and David specialise in Ecclesiastical and Abigail in Education


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