More links to issues of legal interest: Part III – Legal Opinions and other guidance
Following the re-launch of the Church of England web site on 15th November, we have posted some “quick links” to pages we considered might be of possible interest to L&RUK readers; further linkswere obtained from by the Church’s twitter page in which answers were provided to specific queries concerning the revised web site, see below. The former focussed on policy and law, whereas the primarily concern issues which are of relevance to the clergy and members of General Synod.
Following changes in tax legislation, the working expenses agreement between the Church Commissioners and HM Revenue & Customs regarding reimbursement of certain expenses is no longer is in force. The following documentis now available in the Church of England Document Library, and more detailed information on reimbursement of expenses for clergy and their tax advisor can be found here.Continue reading →
Part I (of 2) of our analysis of new CofE legal opinion on organists and parish music
On 4 April 2017, new and updated legal advice on a number of issues was added to the Church of England’s Document Library. In view of its relevance at the time vis-à-vis the forthcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton, we first reviewed that relating to Celebrity Marriages shortly followed by a post on Royal Marriages, prompted by media speculation relating to Prince Harry. The document Parish Music: organists and choirmasters and church musicians, (*the Opinion”) concerns organists and “all musicians in similar positions” [though clearly not “all musicians”]. This is discussed below with regard to issues concerning the music and the clergy. A further post considers the related employment law issues. Continue reading →
New church guidance of relevance to all CofE weddings
In February this year, the General Synod Legal Advisory Commission issued new advice on a number of issues including that of “celebrity marriages” (“the Advice”). This particular document will be of assistance to not only the clergy responsible for the conduct of such events, but for those involved in their arrangement and those wishing to attend. Furthermore, since “celebrity” affords such individuals few additional concessions in the conduct of a church service, much of the advice is applicable to all weddings. Continue reading →
Much of the business of yesterday’s General Synod concerned legislative issues, and Church of England Press Release is reproduced below. This forms a useful aide memoire on the current status of the many legislative developments in progress at the present time. The Press Release relating to the Revd Stephen Trott’s PMM on the preliminaries to marriage was posted yesterday. Continue reading →