Liverpool Diocesan Registry

If you would like to contact one of the Registry staff, the details are as follows:

The Bishop of Liverpool's Registry
1 The Sanctuary

Telephone: 0207 222 5381
Fax: 0207 222 7502

Church records

If you wish to enquire regarding the tracing of records for churches in the Diocese (such as for baptisms, marriages and burials), you should first contact the church in question, and then the local archives centre (e.g. Liverpool Central Library for Liverpool city parishes). The Registry does not hold any such records.

About Us


The Chancellor of the Diocese

The Chancellor of the Diocese (the judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) can be contacted via the Registry (details as above) for diocesan matters.

In a separate role, the current Chancellor also serves as Deputy Chair of the Clergy Discipline Commission and Deputy President of Tribunals for the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. Please contact the Church House Legal Office by emailing

For press enquiries in connection with his former role as a High Court Judge (Family Division), you should contact the Head of News, the Judicial Office, Royal Courts of Justice via


Registrar - Howard Dellar

Howard Dellar is Registrar of the Diocese, a post he has held since 2010.

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 Registrar of the Dioceses of Ely, Guildford and Hereford, and the Joint Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

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 and the Woodard Academies Trust.


Deputy Registrar - Edward Henderson

Ed Henderson is a Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Liverpool, and a Partner with Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (LBMW).

Ed trained at LBMW and qualified into the litigation and commercial department. He now has a broad practice split evenly between employment, litigation and commercial law. Ed handles procedural and dispute avoidance work for employers and acts for both employers and employees in employment disputes in the Employment Tribunal. Clients include companies, schools and church dioceses. On the litigation front, Ed's first case after qualifying was PCC of Aston Cantlow v Wallbanks, the high profile Chancel Repair Liability dispute. He also provides support to the Education, Ecclesiastical and Charities department helping to resolve clergy matters (especially discipline cases) and appearing in the Charities Tribunal. As part of the commercial team Ed also works on the commercial aspects of academy conversions drafting and advising on the articles, funding agreement and commercial transfer agreement.


Deputy Registrar - Catherine Shelley

Catherine Shelley is a Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Liverpool, and a Solicitor with Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (LBMW).

Catherine specialises in ecclesiastical, education and charity law and has extensive experience in safeguarding from earlier practice in Child Protection. She studied law at Cambridge at undergraduate and Masters level and holds a PhD from Manchester University on the interface between Child Protection Law and Faith Communities. Catherine is dual-qualified as a barrister and a solicitor. She was called to the Bar in 1990, completed pupillage in 1991 and – after some time in Roman Catholic religious life - qualified as a solicitor via the QLTT in 2000.

Catherine has worked in local government and private practice, has served as a local authority councillor, been a Chair of Governors more than once and has set up various community projects including a Credit Union and a CIO in Manchester.

Catherine is a committee member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, edits the ELS newsletter and is a regular contributor to the Ecclesiastical Law Journal via case notes and the occasional article. She is also a member of the Charity Law Association.

Catherine was ordained in the Anglican Church in 2010, in Manchester Diocese and has worked in both parish and university chaplaincy as a stipendiary priest, serving on Diocesan Synod and as Deanery Synod and Chapter Secretary.


Chief Clerk - Stephen Borton

Stephen Borton is the Chief Clerk and Ecclesiastical Manager for the Registry. 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.


Neil Turpin

Neil Turpin is an ecclesiastical law clerk in the Diocesan Registry 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, 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.


Susan Black

Susan Black has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for the past twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. Susan joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk, in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as the Diocesan Registry. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Other members of the team

Ian Blaney - Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Hereford Diocese

Peter Beesley - Consultant, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; retired Diocesan Registrar

Cordelia O'Regan - Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities

David Whittington - Education Adviser

Tricia Pritchard - Education Consultant

Philip Sergeant - Senior Partner, Commercial and Litigation

Michael Fletcher - Head of Private Client; Ecclesiastical Property and Charities; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Ely Diocese

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 for over 150 years

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.

Education:- Voluntary and independent Schools and Academies; finance and management; personnel matters; School sites and reverter.

And:- Administration of private trusts; wills and probate; secular litigation; company and partnership law; commercial agreements; trademarks; copyright and intellectual property.