The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2014

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
CitationSI 2014/895

2014 No. 895

Ecclesiastical Law, England

The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2014

Made 11th February 2014

Laid before Parliament 4th April 2014

Coming into force 1st January 2015

In accordance with section 5(3) of the Ecclesiastical Fees Measure 19861(“the Measure”), this Order has been laid before, and approved by, the General Synod.

The Fees Advisory Commission, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 5(1) and (2) of the Measure, makes the following Order:

S-1 Citation, commencement and interpretation

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2014.

(2) It comes into operation on 1st January 2015.

(3) In this Order—

(a)

(a) “diocesan board of finance” means in relation to a diocese, the board of that name constituted under the Diocesan Boards of Finance Measure 19252; and

(b)

(b) “the Measure” means the Ecclesiastical Fees Measure 1986.

S-2 Annual fees

Annual fees

2. Schedule 1 sets out the annual fees payable—

(1) to diocesan registrars in respect of the duties of their office specified in Schedule 2; and

(2) to provincial registrars in respect of the duties of their office, except the duties and professional services specified in Part B of Table 2 in Schedule 1.

S-3 Payment of fees

Payment of fees

3.—(1) The fees set out in the second column of Table 1 of Schedule 1 are to be paid by the diocesan board of finance.

(2) The fees set out in the third column of Table 1 and in Table 2 of Schedule 1 are to be paid by the diocesan bishop or archbishop3.

S-4 Revocation of 2013 Order

Revocation of 2013 Order

4. The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 20134is revoked.

S-5 Duties of the diocesan registrar

Duties of the diocesan registrar

5. A diocesan registrar shall not be entitled to receive any additional remuneration for the duties specified in Schedule 2 except as provided in article 6.

S-6 Supplementary annual fee

Supplementary annual fee

6.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), nothing in this Order shall preclude a diocesan board of finance from agreeing to pay any sum to a diocesan registrar by way of annual fee or retainer which is additional to the annual fee payable under Table 1 of Schedule 1.

(2) Any such agreement shall—

(a)

(a) be in writing;

(b)

(b) be expressed to be an agreement made in accordance with this article; and

(c)

(c) state the period for which it is to run, or, if no such period is stated, remain binding until determined by not less than three months’ notice on either side.

S-7 Travel, subsistence and accommodation

Travel, subsistence and accommodation

7. A fee specified in Schedule 1 shall be increased by a sum for reasonable expenses of travel, subsistence and accommodation.

S-8 Value Added Tax

Value Added Tax

8. Where Value Added Tax is chargeable in respect of the provision of any service for which a fee is prescribed in this Order (including any fee specified in paragraph 4 of Schedule 2) the amount of Value Added Tax chargeable is payable in addition to that fee.

J Alpass

H Dellar

C Fletcher

M Goddard

J Jones

J Rees

E Renshaw

G Tattersall

S Trott

The Fees Advisory Commission

Church House, London

11th February 2014

J Philips

Clerk to the Synod

Church House, London

SCHEDULE 1

Article 2

Fees payable under this Order

1 Annual fees payable to diocesan registrars

TABLE 1

Annual fees payable to diocesan registrars

Diocese

Payable by diocesan board of finance

Liability of the diocesan bishop

Total

£

£

£

Bath and Wells

41,369

24,293

65,662

Birmingham

25,715

20,170

45,885

Blackburn

26,827

23,824

50,651

Bristol

25,000

19,592

44,592

Canterbury

28,621

22,488

51,110

Carlisle

30,366

20,987

51,353

Chelmsford

45,693

26,705

72,398

Chester

33,479

22,712

56,192

Chichester

36,520

26,812

63,332

Coventry

23,537

23,352

46,889

Derby

28,227

23,117

51,344

Durham

26,907

23,500

50,408

Ely

29,733

23,210

52,943

Exeter

42,338

24,745

67,082

Gloucester

31,127

22,188

53,315

Guildford

23,014

24,122

47,136

Hereford

30,868

23,313

54,181

Leicester

29,341

20,403

49,744

Lichfield

41,316

26,199

67,515

Lincoln

46,590

18,901

65,491

Liverpool

26,860

23,769

50,629

London

44,601

28,962

73,563

Manchester

29,192

25,924

55,116

Newcastle

26,846

19,273

46,119

Norwich

50,060

20,660

70,720

Oxford

61,715

20,168

81,883

Peterborough

30,170

25,101

55,271

Portsmouth

17,529

25,516

43,045

Rochester

28,444

23,106

51,550

St Albans

34,609

25,335

59,945

St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

37,369

24,187

61,556

Salisbury

41,501

23,526

65,027

Sheffield

24,916

21,500

46,416

Southwark

33,429

29,506

62,936

Southwell and Nottingham

27,473

23,261

50,734

Truro

27,478

20,248

47,726

West Yorkshire and the Dales

63,024

64,003

127,027

Winchester

30,577

23,629

54,205

Worcester

23,962

22,235

46,197

York

40, 647

25,076

65,724

2 Annual fees payable to provincial registrars

TABLE 2

Annual fees payable to provincial registrars

PART A

Fees payable

Fee

£

1.

Annual fee for joint registrars of the province of Canterbury

145,630

2.

Annual fee for registrar of the province of York

67,880

PART B

Duties and professional services not falling within the scope of the annual fee

Duties and professional services in connection with the following matters shall not fall within the scope of the annual fee payable to provincial registrars:

Advice or other work in connection with disciplinary proceedings against a clerk in holy orders which have been instituted under section 10 of the Clergy Discipline Measure 20035or in respect of any disciplinary matters arising under or in relation to that Measure including under sections 30 and 31.

SCHEDULE 2

Article 2

The scope of the annual fee

SCH-2.1

1. Professional services to be provided by the diocesan registrar

Subject to the restrictions contained in paragraphs 2 and 3, the professional services provided by the diocesan registrar in respect of the annual fee paid to him or her under this Order shall include—

(1) Giving of advice to the diocesan bishop, suffragan bishops, archdeacons, chairmen of the houses of the diocesan synod, rural deans and lay chairmen of deanery synods, incumbents and all other clergymen, beneficed or licensed in the diocese, on any legal matter properly arising in connection with the discharge of their respective ecclesiastical or synodical offices, and giving of advice to chairmen and secretaries of diocesan boards, councils and committees on any legal matter properly arising in connection with the business of the respective boards, councils and committees;

(2) Acting as registrar to the diocesan synod and attendance at its meetings;

(3) Attendance at the bishop’s council and standing committee if required by that committee;

(4) Occasional attendance at meetings of diocesan boards, councils and committees for the purpose of giving advice on specific matters;

(5) Maintaining all such records of the diocese as are customarily kept by the diocesan registrar including the making of entries therein, and the making of searches and reports on matters recorded in the registry or in documents held in the diocesan muniment room at the request of persons or bodies referred to in sub-paragraphs (1) and (6);

(6) Giving advice to churchwardens and secretaries of parochial church councils on any legal matter properly arising in connection with their duties or official business;

(7) Giving advice to any person concerned in or with the administration of an election under the Church Representation Rules on any question properly arising under those Rules;

(8) Giving advice to a bona fide enquirer concerning the law of marriage, baptism, confirmation and burial of the dead according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England;

(9) Giving advice to persons considering or proposing to make an application for a legal aid certificate for financial assistance from the Legal Aid Fund maintained under section 1 of the Church of England (Legal Aid) Measure 19946;

(10) Acting as registrar to the consistory court of the diocese except in so far as a separate fee is prescribed by Order made under the Measure or except in so far as this Order provides that a fee calculated in accordance with the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009 is payable;

(11) Attendance at episcopal visitations (other than visitations by the diocesan bishop of the cathedral church of the diocese);

(12) Drafting and preparing, approving, engrossing and registering all notices, licences, consents, permissions, instruments and other documents required by law or customarily used in connection with the following matters—

(a)

(a) ordination

(b)

(b) certification of ordination

(c)

(c) presentation to a benefice

(d)

(d) commission for institution or collation

(e)

(e) admission to freehold office

(f)

(f) certification of institution or collation

(g)

(g) licensing of non-residence, for legalising house of residence

(h)

(h) resignation (other than resignation of an incumbent)

(i)

(i) under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 20117(“the 2011 Measure”)—

(i) admission to office of rector

(ii) licensing of a vicar in a team ministry

(iii) designation of a parish centre of worship under Part 5 of the 2011 Measure for the purposes of the Marriage Act 19498and other purposes

(j)

(j) licensing of clerks in holy orders and deaconesses

(k)

(k) delegation by bishop of archidiaconal powers under the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 19839

(l)

(l) delegation by bishop of episcopal powers under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 200710

(m)

(m) episcopal visitations (other than visitations by the diocesan bishop of the cathedral church of the diocese)

(n)

(n) matters relating to sequestrations

(o)

(o) provision of agreements to form a conventional district

(p)

(p) consent to hold preferment under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 196311

(q)

(q) licensing of unconsecrated church or place of worship (including temporary licences)

(r)

(r) ordering of a licensed chapel to come under faculty jurisdiction;

(13) Acting in...

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