We have been advising the Roman Catholic Church for over two decades and have built a strong and valued relationship with its Dioceses, Parishes, Schools and Roman Catholic Orders to whom we provide a full range of legal services.

Our experience and understanding informs the advice we give to the Roman Catholic Church in support of its objectives. We regularly advise on property development, construction, commercial leases, procurement disputes, employment issues, particularly relating to teaching staff, matters of information and technology law including commercial contracts with suppliers and charity law issues.

In addition we are currently supporting schools in seven dioceses with Academy conversion.  We have created a portal with diocese specific information on the academy conversion process - please click here to access the portal.

Examples of our work include:

  • advising the Diocese of Northampton on the redevelopment of a children's nursery and Church Hall facility as part of a major town centre regeneration scheme in Slough (click here for more information)
  • advising on the establishment of a Diocesan wide multi academy trust (click here for more information)
  • advising the Diocese of Westminster on the sale of a former school site to a joint venture company comprising a national housebuilder and a housing association (click here for more information)
  • advising the Diocese of Brentwood, Northampton, Southwark and Westminster on school building programmes (on occasion in conjunction with Academy Conversion) including funding arrangements, development agreements, construction issues, land purchase and sale (click here for more information)
  • advising both Dioceses and Schools on Academy conversion.  In 2011 we converted 123 academies, 20 of which were Catholic schools.  To date we have converted over 200 academies at least 80 of which were Catholic conversions which we have been involved in (click here for more information)
  • advising the Governing Body of the Bishop Challoner School and the Diocese of Westminster on a significant secondary school expansion and a range of matters, from the acquisition of land from the local authority and Network Rail to the construction of facilities for both the school and local community (click here for more information)
  • advising the Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese in relation to governance disagreement concerning Cardinal Vaughan School (click here for more information)
  • advising the Catholic Education Service on a range of matters including school building programmes, academies, employment policies and home to school transport
  • advising on the transfer of land from a Religious Order to the Diocese
  • advising on the issues associated with website development arrangements
  • advising charitable and ecclesiastical institutions undertaking a range of residential lease disputes, including complex service charge and judicial review and commercial property work

Contact Details

Roger Fitton

Partner

Property, Development and Estate Management

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5076

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5041

Email. rfitton@wslaw.co.uk

Roger Fitton


Andrea Squires

Partner

Schools and Academies

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5039

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5099

Email. asquires@wslaw.co.uk

Andrea Squires


Emma Chadwick

Partner

Property Disputes

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5095

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 0306

Email. echadwick@wslaw.co.uk

Emma Chadwick


Eleanor Kilminster

Partner

Construction

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5145

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 0306

Email. ekilminster@wslaw.co.uk

Eleanor Kilminster


Owen Carew-Jones

Partner

Charities, Employment, Governance and Schools

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5034

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 0308

Email. ocj@wslaw.co.uk

Owen Carew-Jones


Richard Tinham

Partner

Commercial and Information Law

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5165

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 0316

Email. rtinham@wslaw.co.uk

Richard Tinham