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Law firm appoints new consultant

Lisa Moncur, the Church of England’s diocesan registrar for both Chester and Blackburn, has joined Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) as consultant solicitor. 

The appointment builds on ACS’s expertise in the faith sector, with the firm advising 12 Church of England dioceses on education and school matters. It also acts for the Methodist and Baptist churches nationally as well as several other church denominations and independent Christian charities. 

Moncur’s role at ACS sees the firm become one of a few law firms nationally to support Diocesan Registrar services for more than one diocese. ACS is also one of the top five charities firms in the UK, offering specialist support in governance, commercial and funding, employment, pensions and property and construction. 

Moncur was personally appointed as the diocesan registrar for both Chester and Blackburn dioceses, and she joins ACS with more than 20 years of experience, previously at Aaron & Partners and in-house legal roles.    

Lisa said: "ACS is highly-regarded in the UK’s charities and faith sectors for its vast expertise and experience in these very specialist areas. The firm’s principal value of improving lives, communities and society is clear in the work it does, and its sustained commitment to helping a breadth of organisations and church groups. 

“I am looking forward to working as part of the team, which I know is driven by the positive impact its work has on the lives of real people.”

The role of diocesan registrar is personally appointed by the relevant diocesan Bishop and provides advice and support on ordinations, consecrations, confirmations, baptisms and burials as well as general legal advice to clergy and parishes, maintaining diocesan and parochial records, and advising on parish trusts.

Dominic Curran, partner and head of charities at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Lisa’s decision to join Anthony Collins Solicitors and be supported in her important role as diocesan registrar by the team here, tells of the talent, commitment and social purpose we have. Our specialism in supporting faith and charity groups is founded on our team’s belief in creating positive change."