Simon Foulkes

Consultation on Practising Certificate Fees July 2021

The Faculty Office is consulting on its intention to maintain the current practising certificate fees and bands for the practising certificate year 2021/22 and to charge an additional levy to recover the notarial deficit and build an operational reserve.  Full details of the proposals are set out in the consultation document which includes details of how to […]

Updated marriage law guidance for the clergy has been issued by the Faculty Office

A Third Supplement to the Guidance for the Clergy (the “Yellow Book”) from the Faculty Office has now been issued. This Supplement is intended to be read alongside the 3rd edition of the Faculty Office marriage guide booklet published in 2010. It provides an important update to those areas where there have been changes in […]

Changes to the requirements for EEA Nationals to marry in the UK from 1st July 2021

Following the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the transition period on the 31st December 2020, EU free movement ended meaning that EEA citizens and their family members will require permission to enter and remain in the UK.   What do the changes mean for Anglican weddings? Any wedding taking place in the CofE/CiW […]

Response to Law Commission Consultation on Weddings Law

The staff of the Faculty Office have responded to the Law Commission’s Consultation “Getting Married – A Consultation Paper on Weddings Law” which sought views on the Commission’s provisional proposals for reform of the law governing weddings in England and Wales.   A copy of our response can be read here (Full link:

Money Laundering Regulations – update

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 implement changes to the existing Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017. Key implementation dates Parts 1 to 3 came into force on 6th October 2020 except as specified in paragraphs (3) and (4). Regulation 7(2)(a) (substitution […]

Weddings in England during Lockdown II

(from 5th November until (at least) 2nd December) FACULTY OFFICE Weddings in England during Lockdown II (from 5th November until (at least) 2nd December) Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Saturday evening and his statement to the House of Commons on Monday, weddings will not be able to take place until the restrictions are lifted save […]

Appointment of Dharmila Bhanji as Risk, Compliance and Investigations Officer and Deputy Chief Clerk

“The Faculty Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dharmila Bhanji as Risk, Compliance and Investigations Officer and Deputy Chief Clerk. Dharmila’s background is in compliance and enforcement. Over the last five years, she has issued a broad range of consent orders and instigated disciplinary proceedings involving breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations. Her experience includes providing […]