The Bishop of Guildford’s Registry
1 The Sanctuary
Telephone: 020 7222 5381
DDI: 020 7960 7130
The Chancellor – Andrew Burns QC
The Chancellor (the main judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is Andrew Burns QC, who is Head of Devereux Chambers, a Crown Court Recorder and a Bencher of Middle Temple. He lives with his family in the diocese and worships in at St Andrew’s, Oxshott. He was Deputy Chancellor from 2018-2021. He can be contacted via the Guildford Diocesan Registry.
The Deputy Chancellor – The Revd HH Judge Sarah Whitehouse QC
The Deputy Chancellor is Sarah Whitehouse QC. She is a Judge in the Crown Court, a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and a Priest, currently serving as Assistant Curate at All Saints Church, Tooting.
Registrar – Howard Dellar
Howard Dellar is Registrar of the Diocese, a post he has held since February 2011. He was Deputy Registrar of the Diocese between December 2008 and February 2011.
Howard specialises in charity, ecclesiastical, and education law. He is head of the Ecclesiastical Education & Charities Department of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. He qualified as a solicitor in 1999 following a training contract with a firm in North Cornwall, and was an assistant solicitor in firms in Exeter and Oxford. He joined Lee Bolton & Lee in 2001, becoming an associate on 1 January 2003 and a partner on 1 January 2004.
He is also Registrar of the Ely and Liverpool Dioceses and 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.
Chief Clerk & Apparitor – Stephen Borton
Stephen Borton is the Chief Clerk & Apparitor for the Diocesan Registry, and the Ecclesiastical Manager of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. 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.
Registry Clerk – Susan Black
Susan Black joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Diocesan Registries. She has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Neil Turpin is an ecclesiastical law clerk 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 (the Diocesan Registries), 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.
Patrick Roberts joined the Firm in May 2016 and works as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the diocesan registries of the Bishops of Ely, Liverpool and Guildford. Patrick holds a PhD in English Literature. Patrick is also a contributing editor to the UK Poetry Archive, and works in his spare time as a reviewer and critic.
He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Kevin Diamond joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in January 2018 as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Diocesan Registries, and is a principal clerk for the Diocese of Guildford for matters relating to the faculty jurisdiction. He worked for 22 years in various roles with the Archbishops’ Council’s National Church Institutions in Westminster, most recently having completed 13 years as a National Adviser for Selection for Ordained Ministry. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Other members of the team
Ian Blaney – Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; Registrar to the Bishop of Derby and the Bishop of Lincoln, and a notary public for ecclesiastical purposes
David Whittington – Education Adviser
Ed Henderson – Partner, Employment, Commercial and Litigation; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Derby and Liverpool Dioceses
Jane Grenfell – Charities Manager
Nishita Gudka – Partner, Real Estate
Clifford Woodroffe – Partner, Litigation
About the work of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams Solicitors
Legal Advisers to the Church, charities, schools and to business and private clients since 1855.
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. Charity Answers is a web-resource offering legal information and the opportunity to question our team of specialists online.
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 online.
And: Administration of private trusts, wills and probate, secular litigation, company and partnership law, commercial agreements, trademarks, copyright and intellectual property.