Ely Diocesan Registry

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

The Bishop of Ely's Registry
1 The Sanctuary,

Telephone: 0207 222 5381
Fax: 0207 222 7502
Email: ely.registry@1thesanctuary.com

About Us

The Chancellor of the Diocese (the judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is His Hon. Judge Anthony Leonard, Q.C., who can be contacted via the Registry's contact details above.


Registrar - Howard Dellar

Howard Dellar is the Registrar of the Diocese of Ely, succeeding Peter Beesley in 2013.

Howard specialises in charity, ecclesiastical, and education law. He is joint head with Peter Beesley 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 for the Dioceses of Guildford, Hereford and Liverpool, 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 - Michael Fletcher

Michael Fletcher is Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Ely and a partner in Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.

Michael was educated at the King's School, Canterbury and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read law. He was articled at Lee Bolton & Lee, being admitted as a solicitor in 1982, and becoming a partner in the firm in 1986. Michael is the head of the firm's private client department and also has considerable experience in the areas of ecclesiastical property and charities. He is the clerk to two almshouse charities in Canterbury, and solicitor to the Worshipful Company of Weavers and the French Hospital, Rochester.


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

Catherine Shelley - Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities

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

Ed Henderson - Partner, Employment, Commercial and Litigation

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 157 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.