In re St Lawrence, Wootton – WLR Daily

Posted April 24th, 2014 in ecclesiastical law, law reports, sale of goods by tracey

In re St Lawrence, Wootton: [2014] WLR (D) 176

‘Where disposal of church treasures was contemplated would-be petitioners and chancellors should apply a sequential approach, considering first disposal by loan, and only where that was inapposite, disposal by limited sale; and only where that was inapposite, disposal by outright sale. Chancellors merely needed to decide whether the grounds for sale were sufficiently compelling to outweigh the strong presumption against sale. For the future little weight should normally attach to “separation” of the article from the church as a reason for disposal by sale, and it was doubtful that “separation” would ever, on its own, have sufficient strength to justify sale of a church treasure.’

WLR Daily, 14th April 2014