Faith Based Institutions


Welcome to our Legal Services for Faith Based Institutions.

We have been trusted legal advisers for many years to major Faith Based Institutions including the Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church, the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle, the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle, the United Reformed Church (Northern Province) Trust, the Presbyterian Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Gurdwara Temple of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our continued depth and breadth of experience across the sector means that we are particularly strong in relation to ecumenical matters.

We have long established and extensive experience of acting for the Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church locally and nationally and we are delighted to have been appointed to their national panel of Solicitors in 2018.

We are panel solicitors for the United Reformed Church (Northern Province) Trust.

Jane Lowdon and Laura Peace are the Registrar and Deputy Registrar respectively of the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle and Diocese of Carlisle and as such are two of the very small number of lawyers in the UK qualified to advise on matters of church and ecclesiastical law for the Anglican Diocese.

We advise Faith Based Institutions on structural, governance, charitable, property and other legal issues.

Our work for Faith Based Institutions runs alongside our work for many other national charitable institutions and draws upon our considerable experience and expertise in charity law.

Our wealth of experience is detailed in the links on this page and we invite you to look through to see what we can offer to you.

We are a full service law firm established in 1896 with over 170 staff. There are 30 partners and over 120 specialist lawyers in all areas and at all levels of experience from partners and consultants to trainee solicitors who are available to meet all of your requirements. The link to our team members is on this page. We have the critical mass and breadth and depth of experience to undertake not only large scale and complicated work but also smaller scale straightforward less costly matters. We deal with large volume transactions easily. Our extensive investment in our lawyers and technology enable us to place your work at the right level and to deal with it efficiently – providing outstanding value for money to you.

We are based in the North-East but work nationally. Wherever our clients operate they have easy access to a partner-led service and we pride ourselves on our excellent client relations.

Most of our work comes from direct recommendation but, whether you have been recommended to us, or are simply exploring our website and wish to discuss legal services, please get in touch with one of our key contacts named below and we will be very happy to assist you.

There is more information about us and the services that we offer via the links on this page.

Click here to read our brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) focussing on the impact of COVID-19.

Call Laura Peace, Methodist Liaison Partner on 0191 226 7832  to discuss your requirements.