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Matthew Chinery

Position: Associate

Matthew acts for a range of Diocesan Boards of Finance, Parochial Church Councils and ecclesiastical charities on trust, governance, property and ecclesiastical law issues.

He has developed a particular specialism in the field of Chancel Repair Liability, delivering seminars aimed at legal professionals, diocesan staff and PCC members. He has provided advice on this topic both to PCCs (on registration and enforcement of the liability) and to Lay Rectors (on the scope of the liability and options for extinguishment).

Recent experience

  • Setting up corporate vehicles for the establishment of Mission Communities under the ‘Bishop’s Mission Order’ provisions of the Pastoral Measure 2011
  • Advising Parochial Church Councils on a variety of contentious Faculty proceedings, including the sale of an iconic painting and installation of telecommunications equipment
  • Securing a Pastoral Scheme from the Church Commissioners for the disapplication of the Disused Burial Grounds Act 1884, which unlocked a multi-million pound development on local authority land
  • Advising an Archdeacon on an intervention in contentious Faculty proceedings involving unlawful works undertaken to a church roof
  • Advising on the corporate restructuring of a national Catholic education charity

Professional memberships

Law Society of England & Wales

Work history

2010 to present, Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
2008 to 2010, Trainee Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood


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Upcoming Events :

Practical Training Sessions for Finance Professionals: Loan Covenants - compliance and defaults

Thu 04 Sep 2014

Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB

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Winckworth Sherwood is acting on Wandsworth Borough Council’s £1bn Nine Elms regeneration, which includes Battersea Power Station; the scheme plans to provide up to 16,000 homes and extend the London Underground’s Northern Line to the site. It also assisted Durham County Council with a wide-reaching service delivery review, and is advising Bridgend Council on a £50m leisure outsourcing project.

Legal 500, 2012