Hearing for the Church of England takes place in Winckworth Sherwood's London office
Mon 22 Jun 2015
Winckworth Sherwood's London office was the location for a momentous hearing for the Church of England last week.
The hearing was convened by John Rees, our Senior Partner and Provincial Registrar for the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was presided over by the Vicar-General, Mr Timothy Briden of Lamb Chambers in the Temple.
The Vicar-General sat at Minerva House on Friday 12 June, to hear the challenge made by the Revd Paul Williamson against the legality of the appointment of the Venerable Rachel Treweek as the first female diocesan bishop in the Church. The legislation to permit the consecration of women as bishops was passed by the General Synod in 2014.
The Venerable Rachel Treweek will now be consecrated at Canterbury Cathedral on 22 July, before publicly taking up her new role in Gloucester in September.
The Vicar-General’s judgement has been reported in the Telegraph and the Church Times, and was commented on by the Times legal affairs correspondent Frances Gibb, in her blog this week.