Diocesan Registry

The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) advises the Chancellor and parishes on faculty applications, but it is the Chancellor who decides whether or not a Faculty is to be granted. Once a parish has received formal advice from the DAC, the next step in the process is to submit the faculty Petition to the Diocesan Registry for the Chancellor’s consideration.

The Chancellor

Philippa Hopkins QC is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chelmsford and is a barrister in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration, practising from Essex Court Chambers in London. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in February 2018.  The Chancellor acts as the independent judge of the Consistory Court, overseeing legal issues across the Diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and alterations to church buildings, land and property.  The Chancellor works closely with the Diocesan Registry, the Archdeacons and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

The Diocesan Registry

The Registrar for the Diocese of Chelmsford is Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith and the Registry Clerk is Ms Melanie Clark, both of Winckworth Sherwood LLP. In addition to dealing with faculty applications, the Registry also provides legal advice to the Diocese; works closely with the Diocesan Office in relation to clergy appointments; makes preparations for the consecration of churches, churchyards and cemeteries and maintains legal records of parishes and churchyards. 

Churchyards & Burials - relevant links


Queries relating to burials and memorials should be addressed to Melanie Tucker, Registry Clerk in the first instance. 

E: Chelmsfordregistry@wslaw.co.uk      T: 020 7593 0353

Winckworth Sherwood LLP, Arbor House, 255 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9AX

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