Clergy employment – an unusual case: Gould

Another one I missed…

The Times reported (£) on 27 December that “A lawyer-turned-vicar is suing his church for discrimination after he was dismissed when his marriage ended.” The report relates to the dismissal of the Revd Jonathan Gould as minister of St John’s Downshire Hill, in Hampstead, and the subsequent proceedings before Employment Judge Lewzey and, in October, before Simler J in the Employment Appeal Tribunal: see Rev J Gould v Trustees of St John’s Downshire Hill [2017] UKEAT 0115/17/0510.


St John’s Church, Downshire Hill, is one of the few surviving Church of England proprietary chapels. It is recognised as a church within the Diocese of London but has complete independence in financial matters. Continue reading

Age Limit Guidance

Guidance under Regulation 29A (10) Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations 2009

On 10 August, we cross-posted Patrick Shorrock’s summary of the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”)which came into effect on 1 July 2017, changing certain aspects of the provisions governing how clergy over 70 hold office. There were first published in the National Archdeacons’ Forum: Archdeacons’ News, Bulletin no. 26 July 2017, and Patrick kindly permitted us to post a revised version. On 3 October, the Archbishops’ Council published its Age Limit Guidance relating to the Regulations on the Church’s Document Library.  Continue reading