General Data Protection Regulation

The Diocesan Registry is serviced by an independent law firm, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, acting for the Diocese the privacy policy in the link below, is specific to their involvement in Diocesan matters.

The Diocesan Registry and FBC Manby Bowdler LLP (for whom Andrew Wynne, Pauline Hollington and Rosie Nightingale all work) take your privacy very seriously. Please read this privacy policy carefully as it contains important information on who we are and how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal data. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal data and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

When we use your personal data we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as controller of that personal data for the purposes of the GDPR. Our use of your personal data is subject to the instructions of the Bishop of Lichfield or the Diocesan Board of Finance for whom we act, as well as the GDPR, other relevant UK and EU legislation and our professional duty of confidentiality.

The link below will take you to our general privacy notice. This explains the relationship between us and those who use the Registry, and how our work fits within the mission of the Church of England. As lawyers, we are retained to provide advice to the Diocese and in particular to the Bishop of Lichfield, and the Lichfield Board of Finance. We also serve as the Registrars to the Bishops Diocesan Consistory Court (of which the Diocesan Chancellor is Judge) and to the Diocesan Chancellor in his capacity as Vicar General to the Bishop. As the Bishops lawyer we provide advice on his behalf to many people within the Diocesan umbrella: in so doing we are not acting as their legal advisors, but are acting for the Bishop or one of the Boards. Through this retainer, we provide advice on the Bishops behalf to many people without acting for those people as such, but on behalf of the Bishop.

Because the Church of England is made up of all of these persons and organisations (and others) working together, we may need to share personal data we hold with other parts of the Church so that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Church and our community.

The Privacy Notice explains how this firm will process your data; it provides some particular instances where your data may need to be processed. There are sections about specific processing areas such as Clergy Ordination and Licensing; Clergy Discipline, Capability, Grievances and Health; lay persons; the consecration of places; Faculty Procedures both Private and Parochial; Marriage Licences; and Patronage work. It also notes that some data held is of a sensitive nature, because it is special category data, and provides examples of how such data is handled.

If you have any concerns, or complaint, there is an explanation of what you can do and how to contact us, but in the first instance please speak with Andrew Wynne, Pauline Hollington or Rosie Nightingale by calling 01902 578005 or by e-mailing

Click here to view the Privacy Notice.

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