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Matthew Chinery

Position: Senior Associate

Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer - 2015Matthew 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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