GUIDANCE NOTES ON CHANCEL REPAIR LIABILITY

With 5,200 Parishes in England and Wales having some land within its Parish the subject of Chancel Repair Liability, and the likelihood that the Liability is going to be more vigorously pursued by the Church of England in the period up to 13th October 2013, we produce an Update on what this Liability is. It has been called by the highest Court in the Land “anachronistic,  even capricious”. Yet it is estimated that the best part of 30% of all churches are medieval and that therefore come within the ambit of their Parochial Church Council being able to demand a chancel repair liability from the modern day owners of land which were formerly rectorial.

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