The Diocese has two legal officers, a chancellor and a registrar. The chancellor is the judge of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Bristol and he determines faculty applications. Bristol Diocese’s chancellor is Justin Gau, of Pump Court Chambers, Temple, London. Lee Coley, a partner in Stone King LLP, is the registrar. He is also registrar of the Diocese of Leicester.

The Registry is the diocese’s legal team and has responsibility for advising Bishop Viv, the senior staff, the diocesan office team, clergy and other parish officers on any legal issue relating to their role, ministry or parish life. It keeps records relating to churches, patrons and clergy, and advises on licences and other paperwork required for clergy and lay appointments. It also helps and supports clergy and PCC office holders. The types of things it deals with include:

•    faculty applications via the online faculty system

•    amendments to faculties

•    memorials

•    gravespace reservations

•    exhumations

•    consecration of new churchyards

•    closed churchyards

•    parish churchyard regulations

•    PCC governance

•    clergy discipline

•    wedding banns

•    marriage licences

•    temporary licences to hold services in alternative buildings whilst works are carried out

•    ecumenical sharing agreements

•    land ownership and use

Lee Coley
07989 205926

Stone King LLP
13 Queen Square

Frances Reynolds
Registry Assistant
020 7796 1007


Registry guidance notes

Here are some guidance notes on topics the registry is frequently asked about. Please email for more details.
Banns and marriage licences
Changes to marriage registration
CRR changes
Gravespace reservations
How to close a churchyard
Local authority responsibility for maintenance of close churchyards
Memorial petitions
Public notices and certificates of publication

Registry updates

The registry produces updates for clergy and office holders upon changes in the law and practice. Click on the links below to download copies.
An overview of marriages
Details of new marriage rules post-Brexit
Q&A about post-Brexit marriages
Exhumation Guidance
Churchyard regulations
Post-Brexit changes 2021


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