Aiden Hargreaves-Smith acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients, including major charities, Diocesan Boards of Finance, individual parishes and clergy, Bishops and Cathedral Chapters. His work involves the interaction of different legal disciplines, especially charity law, trust law, property law and ecclesiastical law.
He has a wide knowledge and experience of the Faculty Jurisdiction and proceedings in the Consistory Court, including contested cases and exhumations. In property matters, Hargreaves-Sm specialises in commercial leases and licences, and has acted for many parishes considering the installation of telecommunications equipment. He also has a specialist interest in the employment status of the clergy and legislation affecting religious organisations.
He is the Registrar of the Diocese in Europe and the Bishop’s Legal Secretary.
- Advising a major City parish in relation to a commercial agreement with its neighbouring landowners and obtaining a substantial settlement for the parish for a scaffolding and crane over sailing licence
- Acting for joint petitioners, including a parish, a local authority and a regeneration company, in connection with a contested major reordering of a Grade I listed church
- Acting for four parishes in the Diocese of London in a contested Faculty case relating to telecoms installations and involving a hearing in Open Court
- Advising in connection with a high-profile dispute in the Orthodox Church involving complex trust, property, charity and ecclesiastical issues as well as formal proceedings with the Charity Commission and in the High Court