The Registry

The Diocese has two legal officers, the Chancellor and the Registrar. The Chancellor is the judge of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Leicester and she determines faculty applications. Leicester Diocese’s Chancellor is Naomi Gyane, of Pump Court Chambers, London.

The Registrar, Lee Coley, is the Bishop’s legal adviser and it is his job to give advice to the bishops, archdeacons, clergy and church office holders. He is assisted by Frances Reynolds, who is also a Bishop’s surrogate for granting Common Licences, and Davinia Davey. 

The Registry Team


Lee Coley

T: 020 7796 1007 E:

Registry Assistant

Frances Reynolds

T: 020 7796 1007 E:

Apprentice Solicitor

Davinia Davey

T: 01225 337599 E:

What is the Registry?

The Registry is the Diocese’s legal team, advising Bishop Martyn and the team at St Martin’s House on all kinds of matters. We keep records relating to churches, patrons and clergy. We advise on licences and other paperwork required for clergy and lay appointments. We are also here to help and support clergy and PCC office holders. The types of things we deal with include

  • faculty applications via the online faculty system
  • amendments to faculties
  • memorials
  • gravespace reservations
  • exhumations
  • consecration of new churchyards
  • closed churchyards
  • parish churchyard regulations
  • PCC governance
  • clergy discipline
  • wedding banns
  • marriage licences
  • temporary licences to hold services in alternative buildings whilst works are carried out
  • ecumenical sharing agreements
  • land ownership and use

Do pick up the phone or email us with your queries!

Registry Guidance notes

We've written some guidance notes on the topics that we regularly get asked about. Click on the links below to download copies (they will open in a new window).

Please go to the DAC pages for an explanation of the faculty process and application forms for memorials and gravespace reservations.

Registry updates

We produce updates for clergy and office holders upon changes in the law and practice. Click on the links below to download copies.


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