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Law firm expands diocesan registrar work

Kirsty Duxbury, a lawyer at national social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) and deputy registrar of the Diocese of Blackburn, has been appointed as diocesan registrar of the Diocese of Worcester.

Prior to joining ACS, she spent ten years developing a specialism in ecclesiastical law.

The appointment follows the arrival of Lisa Moncur, the Church of England’s diocesan registrar for both the Diocese of Chester and the Diocese of Blackburn, who took up the position of consultant solicitor at ACS in January this year.

Duxbury was personally appointed as the registrar for the Diocese of Worcester by the Diocesan Bishop, with responsibilities that include advising on marriage law, clergy appointments, faculties, pastoral reorganisation, burials, and churchyard matters. 

Duxbury also provides general legal advice to clergy parochial church councils and churchwardens.

Kirsty said: “Anthony Collins Solicitors has a clear commitment to support lives, communities and society, and with a strong reputation in the faith and charity sectors, growing its ecclesiastical offering will support its mission."

“I am looking forward to working with Lisa and supporting the expanding team to make a positive impact on society.” 

ACS is one of just 23 firms nationwide to have a diocesan registrar and is also one of the top five charity firms in the UK, offering specialist support in governance, commercial and funding, employment, pensions and property and construction. 

Dominic Curran, partner and head of charities at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “ACS’s specialism in supporting faith and charity groups is based on wanting to create positive change in all parts of society. 

“Kirsty’s appointment represents another positive step towards amplifying our ecclesiastical law offering and bringing this change into effect."