New Diocesan Registrar

25th June 2021

Christopher Jones has been Commissioned and Appointed as the Joint Diocesan Registrar in the Diocese of Bath and Wells by Bishop Ruth. Christopher succeeds Roland Callaby who has been Diocesan Registrar for nine years, and who steps down from the role at the end of June.

Each diocese in the Church of England has two legal officers, a Chancellor, and a Registrar. The Diocesan Registrar advises on a wide range of legal matters including safeguarding, church discipline, and the legal process of putting bishops, clergy and others, into office.

Roland who began his career with Harris and Harris in Wells in 1980 as a litigation solicitor, became Joint Diocesan Registrar for Tim Berry and when Tim retired, he became the sole Registrar.

Roland says he has enjoyed his time as Registrar for Bath and Wells, particularly being part of the installation of Bishop Ruth as the Bishop of Taunton, the Archdeacons, and the Dean of Wells Cathedral as well as the ordination of Deacons and Priests. “One of the highlights for me, and one I’ve really enjoyed, is the training with members of clergy and with lay people such as church wardens. It’s a great privilege to be able to share your knowledge with others.”

Roland is also the Diocesan Registrar for the Church of England in Bristol Diocese. He will retire fully from the legal world in October after more than 40 years with Harris and Harris. He plans to spend time in Scotland with his wife, Anne visiting his two daughters and walking in the Glens.

Christopher Jones is head of the Ecclesiastical Property Department. He joined Harris & Harris in 2000. He acts for a number of churches and charitable organisations in a broad range of property transactions. 

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The Commissioning and Appointment of Christopher Jones as Joint Diocesan Registrar in the Diocese of Bath & Wells