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The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2019

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Article 2

SCHEDULE 2The scope of the annual fee

Professional services to be provided by the diocesan registrar

1.  Subject to the restrictions contained in paragraphs 2 and 3, the professional services provided by the diocesan registrar in respect of the fee under Schedule 1 to this Order shall include—

(1) Giving of advice to the diocesan bishop, suffragan bishops, archdeacons, chairmen of the houses of the diocesan synod, rural deans and lay chairmen of deanery synods, incumbents and all other clergymen, beneficed or licensed in the diocese, on any legal matter properly arising in connection with the discharge of their respective ecclesiastical or synodical offices, and giving of advice to chairmen and secretaries of diocesan boards, councils and committees on any legal matter properly arising in connection with the business of the respective boards, councils and committees;

(2) Acting as registrar to the diocesan synod and attendance at its meetings;

(3) Attendance at the bishop’s council and standing committee if required by that committee;

(4) Occasional attendance at meetings of diocesan boards, councils and committees for the purpose of giving advice on specific matters;

(5) Maintaining all such records of the diocese as are customarily kept by the diocesan registrar including the making of entries therein, and the making of searches and reports on matters recorded in the registry or in documents held in the diocesan muniment room at the request of persons or bodies referred to in sub-paragraphs (1) and (6);

(6) Giving advice to churchwardens and secretaries of parochial church councils on any legal matter properly arising in connection with their duties or official business;

(7) Giving advice to any person concerned in or with the administration of an election under the Church Representation Rules on any question properly arising under those Rules;

(8) Giving advice to a bona fide enquirer concerning the law of marriage, baptism, confirmation and burial of the dead according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England;

(9) Giving advice to persons considering or proposing to make an application for a legal aid certificate for financial assistance from the Legal Aid Fund maintained under section 1 of the Church of England (Legal Aid) Measure 1994(1);

(10) Acting as registrar to the consistory court of the diocese except in so far as a separate fee is prescribed by Order made under section 86 of the 2018 Measure or except in so far as this Order provides that a fee calculated in accordance with the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009 is payable;

(11) Attendance at episcopal visitations (other than visitations by the diocesan bishop of the cathedral church of the diocese);

(12) Drafting and preparing, approving, engrossing and registering all notices, licences, consents, permissions, instruments and other documents required by law or customarily used in connection with the following matters—

(a)ordination

(b)certification of ordination

(c)presentation to a benefice

(d)commission for institution or collation

(e)admission to freehold office

(f)certification of institution or collation

(g)licensing of non-residence, for legalising house of residence

(h)resignation (other than resignation of an incumbent)

(i)under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011(2) (“the 2011 Measure”)—

(i)admission to office of rector

(ii)licensing of a vicar in a team ministry

(iii)designation of a parish centre of worship under Part 5 of the 2011 Measure for the purposes of the Marriage Act 1949(3) and other purposes

(j)licensing of clerks in holy orders and deaconesses

(k)delegation by bishop of archidiaconal powers under the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1983(4)

(l)delegation by bishop of episcopal powers under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007(5)

(m)episcopal visitations (other than visitations by the diocesan bishop of the cathedral church of the diocese)

(n)matters relating to sequestrations

(o)provision of agreements to form a conventional district

(p)consent to hold preferment under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963(6)

(q)licensing of unconsecrated church or place of worship (including temporary licences)

(r)ordering of a licensed chapel to come under faculty jurisdiction;

(13) Acting in relation to the following matters on the instructions of the diocesan bishop, suffragan bishops or archdeacons or on the instructions of a diocesan board or council whose business properly includes such matters—

(a)consecration of a church and burial ground or a church without a burial ground

(b)consecration of a cemetery or burial ground

(c)preparation and registration of documents required under the Consecration of Churchyards Act 1867(7) for the consecration of additions to churchyards

(d)licensing of a building for marriages

(e)notification under section 2 of the Benefices (Transfer of Rights of Patronage) Measure 1930(8) (in relation to a guild church in the City of London);

(14) Work in connection with the following matters—

(a)maintaining the register of patrons (“the register”) under Part 1 of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986(9) (“the 1986 Measure”) as required by section 1(1) of the 1986 Measure

(b)searches in and making of extracts from the register, enquiries as to entries in the register and supplying certified copies of entries in the register, where the search, extract or enquiry is made or the certified copy is requested by or on behalf of a person or body referred to at the commencement of sub-paragraph (13) or by the designated officer (within the meaning of section 7(5) of the 1986 Measure)

(c)receipt and issue of notices and notification of representations under section 3(3) and (4) of the 1986 Measure.

Restrictions on the provisions of paragraph 1

2.  The provisions of paragraph 1 shall be restricted as follows—

(1) Where the registrar receives a request for advice on any matter properly falling within paragraph 1 sub-paragraphs (1), (5), (6), (7) and (8)—

(a)The registrar shall not be required to correspond with a third party involved in the enquiry

(b)Before giving advice the registrar shall first consider whether the matter on which his or her advice is sought is one which can conveniently be dealt with by the diocesan secretary or some other person or body in the diocese rather than by the registrar

(c)If a legal dispute arises between parties who are both church officers the registrar may decline to advise either party, but he or she shall be at liberty to advise both parties with a view to helping them to resolve their dispute if in his or her judgement it is desirable to do so;

(2) The registrar shall not be required to attend meetings of diocesan boards, councils and committees except upon an occasional basis to give legal advice on specific matters. (The registrar may attend such meetings regularly to give general advice and assistance if requested to do so by the board, council or committee in question and in that case he or she shall be entitled to be separately remunerated for this work.)

Advice or assistance given to the diocesan bishop, suffragan bishops or archdeacons

3.  The provisions of paragraph 2(1) shall not apply to advice and assistance given as legal secretary or diocesan registrar to the diocesan bishop, or as diocesan registrar to suffragan bishops or archdeacons.

Work not falling within the scope of the annual fee

4.  For the avoidance of doubt work in connection with the following matters shall not fall within the scope of the fee under Schedule 1 to this Order but a fee calculated in accordance with the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009 shall be payable—

(1) Conveyancing and drafting of documents other than those referred to in paragraph 1 sub-paragraphs (12) and (13);

(2) Matters relating to individual diocesan, parochial or educational trusts or to individual pieces of diocesan glebe property;

(3) Litigation;

(4) Acting as secretary to the vacancy in see committee constituted under the Vacancy in See Committees Regulation 1993 (as amended) on a vacancy in the see of the diocesan bishopric;

(5) Deposition or deprivation consequent upon proceedings in secular courts, including the following—

(a)service of notice on a priest or deacon of intention to depose him or her from holy orders under rule 49(1) of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Discipline) Rules 1964(10) (the fee is payable by the bishop)

(b)carrying out of a duty or exercising of a discretion following proceedings referred to in section 55 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 (the fee is payable by the bishop);

(6) Advice or other work in connection with proceedings against a clerk in holy orders under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 in respect of an ecclesiastical offence which have been instituted under that Measure or are under consideration or in connection with an allegation of such an offence which is under investigation with the knowledge and approval of the bishop (excluding advice and other work for which a fee is payable under the Order for the time being in force under subsection (3) of section 86 of the 2018 Measure to give effect to recommendations under subsection (2) of that section). (The fee is payable by the bishop.)

(7) Advice or other work in connection with disciplinary proceedings against a clerk in holy orders which have been instituted under section 10 of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 or in respect of any disciplinary matters arising under or in relation to that Measure including under sections 30 and 31. (The fee is payable by the bishop.)

(8) Advice or other work in connection with the revocation by reason of misconduct of a licence granted by the bishop to a deaconess or lay worker or reader to minister in the diocese, or in connection with a revocation of such a licence which is under consideration or with an allegation of misconduct by such a person which might lead to such a revocation and which is under investigation with the knowledge and approval of the bishop. (The fee is payable by the bishop.)

(9) Advice to the diocesan bishop or other work carried out at his request in connection with proceedings or possible future proceedings under the Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measures 1977 and 1993(11) in a case where notice has been given to the bishop under section 1A(1A) of the Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977 or the giving of such notice is under consideration. (The fee is payable by the bishop.)

(10) Pronouncing of censure under section 31 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 with the consent of the accused (the fee is payable by the bishop);

(11) Work undertaken on behalf of a person who is not an official in the diocese or on behalf of a body which is not a diocesan board or council in connection with the following matters—

(a)consecration or licensing of a public cemetery, a private burial ground or a private chapel

(b)licensing the chapel of an extra-parochial place for a marriage of persons living or residing in that place

(c)notification under section 2 of the Benefices (Transfer of Rights of Patronage) Measure 1930 (in relation to a guild church in the City of London) (the fee to be paid in such proportions as may be agreed between the transferor and the transferee, and in the absence of such agreement the fee to be paid by the transferee);

(12) Removal of the legal effects of consecration under section 92 of the 2018 Measure;

(13) Work carried out in relation to the register of patrons under Part 1 of the 1986 Measure where a fee calculated in accordance with the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009 is payable under the Order for the time being in force under subsection (3) of section 86 of the 2018 Measure to give effect to recommendations under subsection (2) of that section;

(14) Acting as Chapter clerk (whether or not the diocesan registrar holds the office of Chapter clerk) and in particular doing the following work, namely work in connection with the following matters—

(a)installation to a deanery

(b)installation to a canonry or prebend (whether residentiary or honorary) or to an archdeaconry

(c)admission to a minor canonry

(These fees are payable out of cathedral revenues);

(15) Attendance at and work in connection with any visitation by the diocesan bishop of the cathedral church of the diocese and in connection with any action taken or proposed to be taken by the diocesan bishop under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011(12);

(16) Advice or other work in connection with an inquiry into the capability of a clerk in holy orders instituted under Regulation 31 or a grievance brought by a clerk in holy orders under Regulation 32 of the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations 2009(13);

(17) Advice or other work in connection with the exercise of its powers by a regulatory body;

(18) Advice or other work in connection with an allegation falling within the scope of guidance given by the House of Bishops on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, or in connection with a risk assessment conducted under such guidance.

Disbursements

5.  If any disbursements other than expenses specified in article 7 of this Order are incurred in the course of providing any of the professional services in paragraph 1 above the diocesan registrar shall be entitled to charge for them separately.

(1)

1994 No 3; amended by the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.

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