Bath Abbey pews: refusal of permission to appeal

The Arches Court’s refusal of the Victorian Society appeal on the removal of pews in Bath Abbey is notable, not with regard to any points of law raised but on the visual impact this will have within the church, for which:

“in the hierarchy of the Victorian furnishings, [the consistory court could] see that there is a deliberate ranking of the pews within the interior of the Abbey, that give a significance to the way all the pews act as a single entity, having been designed and fitted as a set piece”. Continue reading

IICSA: Some legal views

Evidence from “a venerable ecclesiastical lawyer”

On 13 March, the IICSA inquiry on the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church heard evidence from the Revd Canon Dr Rupert Bursell QC (referred to as “Dr Bursell” by Ms Fiona Scolding QC in the transcript and in this post) and others.  Continue reading

Recent queries and comments – early-March

More answers to readers’ queries and comments

Here is the early-March compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past couple of weeks, providing links to our blog posts addressing these issues. As we have noted before, we do not provide answers to questions which are too broad, too cryptic, or are beyond the scope of L&RUK. As before, the topics covered in these occasional posts do not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues. Continue reading