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Winckworth Sherwood’s John Rees arranges confirmation of election of new Archbishop of Canterbury

Mon 04 Feb 2013

Winckworth Sherwood’s John Rees arranges confirmation of election of new Archbishop of Canterbury
L-R: Timothy Briden - Vicar-General, Peter Beesley - Proctor, Vivien Gibney - Advocate, Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury, John Rees - Provincial Registrar, Darren Oliver - Apparitor

Law firm Winckworth Sherwood’s dedicated Ecclesiastical team played a unique and pivotal role in yesterday’s (4 February 2013) Confirmation of Election of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

Winckworth Sherwood Partner, Canon John Rees, has for the past 13 years held the post of Provincial Registrar to the Archbishop of Canterbury, providing legal advice to George Carey, Rowan Williams and now Justin Welby.

Arch Bishop of Canterbury
Images taken from Graham Lacdao / The Chapter of St Paul's  Cathedral

In this role John is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Appointment of Bishops Act of 1533 are fulfilled when appointing a new Archbishop of Canterbury.  He deals with the day-to-day legal affairs of the Archbishop of Canterbury, in this country and abroad.  An ordained priest, he is also the registrar of the Diocese of Oxford, legal adviser to the Anglican Consultative Council, and Vice-chair of the Church of England’s Legal Advisory Commission.

John said: “The Confirmation of Election of an Archbishop is both a legal and a religious ceremony.  It brings together Church and State, with Her Majesty The Queen as ‘Supreme Governor’ of the Church acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, and at the request of the Church’s Crown Nomination Commission, to secure the appointment of the right person to take up the reins after a vacancy in the archiepiscopal see. It is an honour and a pleasure to have a part in this centuries’ old process, and I look forward to working with Archbishop Justin as he takes up this demanding role in the life of the Church and nation.”

Archbishop Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.  His public ministry will be inaugurated at a colourful ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March, attended not only by all the bishops of the Church of England but also by the archbishops of the Anglican Communion from around the world. 

To view video from the ceremony please click here.

To view photos from the ceremony please click here

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