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Gregory Jones QC

Gregory Jones QC

Year of call: 1991 (QC 2011)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Ecclesiastical Law and Religious Liberty, Rating, Public Law, European Law

Gregory Jones QC, Ecclesiastical

Gregory has a wide experience of public law matters involving the Church of England including issues in relation to clergy discipline, church re-organisation and disposal of church assets. Gregory's practice includes all aspects of the faculty jurisdiction.

 Memberships and Appointments

  • Gregory is the Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of Truro (appointed 2008), Exeter (appointed 2008) and was the Deputy Chancellor of Ely (2010-2012 covering the period whilst the Chancellor was otherwise engaged in conducting the Baha Mousa public inquiry).  
  • Gregory is a member of the governing council of St. Stephen's House, Oxford University (Appointed 2011).
  • Gregory was elected by the Common Council of the City of London to be a member of the Guild Church Council of St Lawrence, Jewry, the church of the Corporation of London
  • City of London Benefices Sub (Culture, Heritage & Libraries) Committee [2015-onwards] Gregory has special responsibility  for liaison with St George the Martyr with St Alphege & St Jude, Southwark.
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society   
  • Ecclesiastical Judges Association

Publications on Ecclesiastical Law Include:

Selected Ecclesiastical Cases include:

Judicial Review

  • R (on the application of B) v LB of Southwark and the Bishop of Southwark, [2003] EWHC 3438. Clergy conduct and child care issues. Successfully acted for the Bishop.
  • R (on the application of Reeve) v the Deputy President of the Tribunal (2007).Clergy disciplinary issues and challenge to decision of the Tribunal. Successfully acted for the Chair of the Tribunal
  • R (on the application of the Parochial Church Council of St Andrews Owelbur) v The Church Commissioners [2008] EWHC 3661 (Admin). Challenge to scheme to unify benefices. Successfully acted for the Church Commissioners.
  • R (on the application of Robin Hewlett) v Pastoral Measure and the Redundant Churches Commission. Challenge to disposal of redundant church and Section 42(3) of the Pastoral Measure 1983. Successfully acted for the Redundant Churches Commission.
  • R (on the application of the Parochial Church Council of St All Saints' with St Katherine and St Peter, Northampton) v The Rt Rev The Bishop of Brixworth (CO/2140/2010). Challenge to the suspension of a benefice. Successfully acted for the Bishop.

Court of Arches

  • In Re St Peter, Shipton Bellinger [2015] WLR (D)  472 Petition for faculty for removal of font. Whether chancellor failing to apply written representations procedure correctly. Whether chancellor’s approach to “Duffield” guidelines flawed.  Whether judgment to be quashed. Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013 (SI 2013/1916), rr 13.1, 13.4.  Successfully appeared for the Victorian Society.

 Consistory Court

  • Re St. Stephen Walbrook [2013] Nigel Seed Ch. (London)  Petition for the disposal by sale of a painting by Benjamin West depicting 'Devout Men taking the body of St Stephen'. Chancellor "satisfied that the petitioners have made out the necessary financial need to dispose of this painting, that any connection it may be said to have had to the parish was illegally established and to the aesthetic detriment of the church and that it should be sold to be displayed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston". Successfully appeared for the Petitioners.
  • Re St Mary's Churchyard, White Waltham [2010] Fam. 131; [2010] 3 W.L.R. 1545; [2010] P.T.S.R. 274 Jurisdiction to grant interim faculties. Successfully appeared for the Petitioners. Successfully appeared for the Petitioners.
  • Re St Mary's Churchyard, White Waltham (No 2) [2010] Fam. 146 [2010] 3 W.L.R. 1560 [2010] P.T.S.R. 1689 burden of proof and development in open churchyards. Successfully appeared for the Petitioners.
  • Re St. Michael's Churchyard, Sandhurst (2010) enforcement action in respect of a faculty to remove unauthorised grave memorial). Successfully appeared for the Archdeacon.