Ecclesiastical Law Association

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Ecclesiastical Law Association

The Ecclesiastical Law Association is an association of English lawyers who work for the Church of England. The members include:

  • Registrars of the 43 Church of England Dioceses in England and of the Diocese of Europe
  • Deputy Registrars
  • Cathedral Chapter Clerks
  • Solicitors and Barristers working for the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops' Council

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Peter Knowles

Peter Knowles, Registrar of the Province of York and Diocese of York from 1968 to 1987 died on 27th April. He was in his late 90s. Lionel Lennox, who was Peter’s successor, has described him as “a very nice gentleman and a man of much knowledge and experience of the Diocese and Church of England. He was a member of the Faculty Jurisdiction Commission in the 1980’s whose report resulted in the series of Care of Churches Measures of late 1980’s and 1990’s. He was the last of the provincial registrars along with David Carey (Canterbury) to sit in General Synod with the Presidents and panel of chairmen.” Peter’s funeral and celebration of life is on Monday 14 May at 3pm at the Parish Church of St Andrew, Bishopthorpe, York.