David Etherington QC has been licensed as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Norwich by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher.
The Chancellor acts as the independent judge of the Consistory Court, overseeing legal issues across the Diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and alterations to church buildings and land.
He will work closely with the Diocesan Registrar, the Archdeacons and the Diocesan Advisory Committee and is also the Chancellor of the Diocese of Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
From the 1950s when Chambers was founded, Red Lion has held a long connection and relationship with East Anglia and Norwich. Its Chelmsford annexe opened in 1996 and now houses 17 Juniors and 2 Silks.
David Etherington QC, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, said:
"I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed the Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich and to have been given this opportunity to take forward my colleague Ruth Arlow’s exceptional work in looking after the astonishing variety of wonderful churches in this diocese.
Churches are living buildings which need to carry out the Church’s mission at the very centre of their communities. I believe we cherish their history, conserve their true character, aid their crucial role in mission and keep them from damage and decay only if we can put them at the heart of people’s everyday lives. This means being imaginative and bold, as well as respectful and admiring, remembering that we are all trustees of these buildings both to keep and use them in our time and to pass them on to future generations."
David was licensed as the Chancellor on Monday 2 September. A service will take place in Norwich Cathedral in January 2020 when he will be formally installed.
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