Ecclesiastical and canon law provide a framework for many religious institutions to deal with legal challenges


Having acquired an in-depth understanding of this highly-specialised area of law, our lawyers have successfully developed long-standing relationships with ecclesiastical organisations across the UK.

Churches often require legal advice with employment matters, including the appointment of clergy members, parish reorganisations, conducting investigations and negotiating settlements.

At Prettys, our extensive experience has seen us work alongside high-profile religious organisations, delivering tailored and actionable legal solutions in each of these areas. Our expertise in ecclesiastical law means we offer a comprehensive legal service that can help religious organisations overcome all manner of legal obstacles.

What Can We Do For You?


Our specialist team of lawyers can help advise you on a wide variety of matters relating to ecclesiastical and canon law, including:

  • Advising dioceses on the Clergy Discipline Measure and related proceedings
  • Employment aspects of diocese reorganisations and restructurings
  • Conducting investigations and consultation exercises on behalf of dioceses
  • Dealing with sensitive/confidential employment matters on behalf of dioceses and bishops
  • Negotiating settlements and termination packages

We advise ecclesiastical representatives at every level, from individual clergy members to dioceses and parishes. To find out more about how we can assist you with any of the matters above, or to receive expert advice on any other area of ecclesiastical law, get in touch with our team today.

Why Choose Prettys?


Ecclesiastical and canon law take up a unique position in the legal landscape, requiring specialist knowledge to deal with its organisations’ distinct challenges. Our lawyers draw on many years of experience of the area to provide informed and actionable legal advice that considers the unique needs of the sector.

Our team understands the special and sensitive issues involved and regularly act for a number of dioceses.

Our approach is personal, responsive and practical. In line with those values, we take time to consider the specific circumstances of the matter, helping you to attain the goals that matter to you. 

To find out how we can help you, contact us on 01473 232121, complete our contact form, or send us an email via enquiry@prettys.co.uk.

Vanessa Bell
Sheilah Cummins
Senior Associate