The Archbishop of York has appointed Louise Connacher of Lupton Fawcett LLP as Registrar for the Diocese of York and Legal Secretary to the Archbishop, after seven months as Acting Registrar following the sudden death of her colleague Caroline Mockford in March this year.
Louise has been practising law for over 25 years, initially solely in the employment field, and more recently also as an ecclesiastical lawyer. She is currently the Registrar of the Diocese of Sodor and Man and a Deputy Registrar in the Dioceses of Leeds and Blackburn. Louise also acts for individual clients on matters such as safeguarding, clergy discipline and data protection, and regularly delivers seminars and training for ecclesiastical clients, including IME training for clergy, training for churchwardens, and workshops on GDPR/data protection in the ecclesiastical context.
Louise studied Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and then spent a year at York College of Law before completing her legal training at Addleshaw Sons & Latham in Manchester, specialising in employment law. In May 1996 she moved across the Pennines to join Lupton Fawcett.
She is a member of professional bodies including the Law Society, the Ecclesiastical Law Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Archbishop Sentamu said, “Louise has done exceptional work and has been a great blessing to the Diocese in these difficult months while we – and she – came to terms with the sudden death of Caroline.
“It’s a great blessing to be able to confirm her appointment now and I know that she will continue to be a source of wise counsel and sound advice.”
Louise is a keen bell ringer and lover of country pubs and Yorkshire-brewed real ale. She has led a £63,000 project to restore the 18th-century bells of her local church with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and is an avid reader of novels.
Louise said, “After 25 years practising primarily as an employment lawyer, I believe that I have been called to serve the church in this exciting and fulfilling role of Diocesan Registrar. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the Archbishop and the staff at Bishopthorpe and the Diocesan Office.”
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The Diocesan Registrar advises the Archbishop, clergy, staff and officers of the Diocese of York in all matters of church law including Ordination and clergy appointments, Baptism, marriage, burial and cremation, Church sites and burial grounds, and Charity law.